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No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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“No Boston Olympics and its authors demonstrate that facts plus argument plus organization are potent enough to stop the Olympic juggernaut. Think what else they still might do. . . . This is real populism.” (David Goldblatt, author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympic)
“In October 2004, Bostonians felt they had witnessed an upset for the ages when the Red Sox came from three games down to beat the Yankees and win a World Series. But the fact that common sense, a clear vision of sensible urban policy, and a small, determined, dedicated, and well-informed group of young men and women helped defeat a power-brokered boardroom plan to bring the Olympics to Boston was just as huge an upset. . . . And No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch shows that it was just as meaningful, too.” (Mike Barnicle, MSNBC Morning Joe contributor)
“A comprehensive chronicling of Boston’s aborted bid for the Games―and a cautionary tale for other cities with five-ring fantasies.” (John Powers, Boston Globe correspondent)
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Boston 2024—the group behind Boston's ill-conceived bid for the Olympic Games—raised $14 million in donations. It was backed by the Mayor, the former Governor, and six of the top ten members of Boston Magazine's "Most Powerful" list. This book is the stranger-than-fiction story of the handful of activists who—with no money and, until the end, almost no support from elected officials—led a campaign that utterly destroyed Boston 2024, causing the US Olympic Committee to pull the bid less than seven months after Boston was chosen as the US bid city.
I read this in one sitting on the day it was released and thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is well-written and a compelling read. The authors provide a clear narrative for readers who are completely unfamiliar with the Boston 2024 trainwreck, while providing new insights and revelations that should still capture the interest of people who lived through every minute.
The consistent ingredient to find true answers to questions that the Powerful Individual were used to ignoring. The consistent behind close door session and the refusal to have the proposal available for the general public to review just leads to more questions.
The ability of the Olympic Committee to request cities and towns to behave in such an unexpected behavior is mind boggling. As the world moves on and more cities refuse to answer the Olympic Committee's invitation, maybe they change the process. In addition with modern technology "why do you need the current Olympic format".
This book is a great read to use in comparing the methodology in practice to Replace and Repeal Obamacare. As time moves on we may have a revolt on this topic also.
As for the actual account it was easy to read, well written and offered a variety of information on people and organizations, not just the bid for the Olympics on Boston.
It was definitely worth the read and very interesting. I would even go so far as to say that my eyes have been opened to a new aspect and have helped me shape my opinions based on well-written, grounded, and truthful information.
Zimbalist is the rare academic who can dive deep into esoteric econometrics and apply that knowledge to real world issues that impact daily lives. And then, on top that, he can write about it in language that the rest of us understand.
New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft may have been a supporter of the Boston Olympic bid, but Dempsey is arguably the Bill Belichick of modern activism. Armed with a team of little known players and no payroll, he took on Boston's marquis names and won with a superior game plan, great execution, and dogged perseverance. The Patriots may have been down 28-3 to the Falcons in the Super Bowl, but Dempsey's No Boston Olympics was down 100-1 and still came back.
Dempsey is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School. Harvard would do well to turn this story into one its famous case studies.