Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games

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New Chapter Press, May 1, 2008 - History - 268 pages
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With a thorough exploration of the political climate of the time and the Soviet Unionís invasion of Afghanistan, this book describes the repercussions of Jimmy Carterís American boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Despite missing the games they had trained relentlessly to compete in, many U.S. athletes went on to achieve remarkable successes in sports and overcame the bitter disappointment of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity dashed by geopolitics.

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Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com
In the summer of 1980, President Jimmy Carter made the choice to boycott the Summer Olympics, which were being held in Moscow, Russia.
After a vote by the USOC (United States Olympic Committee), about 650 athletes' Olympic dreams were gone. The controversy and personal stories from the athletes themselves are gracefully put together by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli.
This unique book gives readers two viewpoints about the controversial 1980 Summer Olympics. Both of the Caraccioli's give the historical background and the reasons for the boycott. Then the personal stories from many 1980 Olympian athletes provides the personal impact this event in history had on real people who had real dreams.
This interesting book is a great read for people who aren't aware of the boycott and the controversies that surrounded the sporting tradition.
 

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Review A dark chapter in the history of the Summer Olympic Games is remembered in this outstanding book that is one part politics, two parts stories from the athletes who did not get the chance to ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER II
23
CHAPTER III
57
CHAPTER IV
81
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Tom Caraccioli is the president of Lions Roar, LLC, a communications and public relations firm, and a former executive for NBC and USA networks.†Jerry Caraccioli is a television network executive in the CBS sports division. They are the coauthors of Striking Silver: The Untold Story of America's Forgotten Hockey Team.

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