Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games
With a thorough exploration of the political climate of the time and the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, this book describes the repercussions of Jimmy Carter’s 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.
Review: Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic GamesUser Review - Chris Norman - Goodreads
Good take on the 1980 Olympics, what was going on politically, with chapters on individual athletes, who missed out on the pinnacle of their sport. Read full review