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The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.s. Olympic Hockey Team (Englisch) Bibliothekseinband – 20. Oktober 2008

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“A wonderfully detailed enrichment of the greatest sports moment of the twentieth century. Wayne Coffey’s fresh perspective artfully takes a twenty-five-year-old story and advances it to the present with an enhanced appreciation of that stunning, breathtaking, still too-amazing-to-believe accomplishment.” —Al Michaels

“The 1980 U.S. hockey team has been mythologized in print and on screen for almost twenty-five years. Wayne Coffey’s The Boys of Winter goes much deeper than that and, for the first time, gives us a clear picture of who these remarkable boys—and men—were . . . and are. It is a very fine book.” —John Feinstein

“I celebrated my fifteenth birthday on the very day that the ‘Boys of Winter’ beat the Russians in Lake Placid. Wayne Coffey brilliantly weaves the behind-the-scenes story that amplifies how improbable this ‘miracle’ really was.” —Pat LaFontaine, NHL Hall of Famer

“The great stories can always be retold, but when they are retold with the emotion, the muscular prose, the freshness that Coffey brings to the Miracle on Ice, they seem new.” —Robert Lipsyte, New York Times, and author of The Contender

“No matter how many times I hear the story of the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s heroics in Lake Placid in 1980, I want to hear it again. It is allegory, fable, wonderful drama. Now Wayne Coffey comes to the campfire to tell the tale again, raising the requisite lumps in the requisite throats, adding new details to the familiar pictures. Very nice work. Very nice, indeed.” —Leigh Montville, author of Ted Williams

“First came the Hollywood version of the Miracle on Ice. Now comes the real story, rich in context and texture, as only a journalist and author like Wayne Coffey can report it and tell it.” —Harvey Araton, New York Times

“Meticulously researched, entertaining, and enlightening as an example of sportswriting and social history, Wayne Coffey has re-created the event that would eventually put the Cold War on ice. The Boys of Winter is the definitive book on a defining moment in American culture.” —Jay Atkinson, author of Ice Time

“Wayne Coffey re-creates the excitement of the unlikely run the U.S. men’s hockey team made through the 1980 Olympics . . . an adventure that seems even more unlikely now than it felt twenty-five years ago.” —Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game and author of Fall Classics
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Wayne Coffey is an award-winning sportswriter for New York’s Daily News and the author of more than thirty books. He lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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HASH(0x9504ff6c) von 5 Sternen For fans and non-fans alike 18. Januar 2005
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More than just an underdog-achieves-greatness story, this book is a revealing look at the elements that went into that incredible victory in Lake Placid. Little is glossed over, and both Herb Brooks and several players are examined in detail. Brooks is not portrayed as a saint, but his genius in creating a team and a system to win gold shines through.

The Russians are not treated as a bunch of villains, but instead are shown to be just as human as the American boys. The political climate of the time obviously made the victory that much sweeter, and Coffey does an excellent job of setting the victory against that backdrop.

As a hockey fan, it's difficult to think of a greater moment than watching the players and crowd go crazy as those final seconds ticked away - for many of us, it still gives us chills 25 years later. This book does a wonderful job of honoring one of the great moments in American sports history.
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HASH(0x9505c0d8) von 5 Sternen A flood of happy memories and a great book 12. März 2005
Von Eric J. Wittenberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was 18, almost 19, years old that night in February 1980. I was a freshman in college, only a handful of years younger than the talented young men who donned the sweaters of the USA to play in the Lake Placid Olympics. It would be hard to imagine a time when morale was lower, and people felt more negatively about being an American--it was the Carter administration, interest rates were 21%, the Iranian hostage crisis was in full disaster mode, and the Soviets had just invaded Afghanistan. I grew up 65 miles from Three Mile Island, and the accident there had occurred two days after my 18th birthday in March 1979, and nobody knew whether the accident there would have long-term negative effects. Relations with the Soviets were at their nadir, the Cold War was at its height, and I remembered that things in this country were at about their lowest point possible.

And then a miracle occurred.

Herb Brooks and his team of unknown college kids beat the greatest hockey team in the world, perhaps in history. I will never forget--as long as I live--hearing Al Michaels cry out, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" as time ran out, and seeing the bedlam when the U.S. boys realized what they had accomplished. At that moment, it was okay to be an American again. I think that the resurgence of the Reagan years actually began that night in Lake Placid. It certainly marked the height of amateur hockey in the Olympics--the whole concept of "Dream Teams" was not even yet on the drawing board.

Wayne Coffey has written the definitive book on the Miracle game. It covers the action on the ice in minute detail while also telling us just who these unknown college kids--and their sphinx-like coach--were. Coffey tells us what has happened to these 20 men since their miracle, and discusses the travails and accomplishments, ranging from Mark Wells, who has faced nothing but adversity and illness, to men like Mark Pavelich, a great player who remains as enigmatic today as he was then.

For those who remember that night, or those who want to know more about it, there are two things I can recommend--the 2003 movie Miracle, where Kurt Russell BECAME Herbie Brooks--and this book. It's a quick, easy read by a master of sportswriting craft, and I can't imagine anything ever topping this book. The tragedy, of course, is that Herb Brooks died in a car accident in the summer of 2003, and never got to see either Russell's wonderful portrayal of him, or the reunion of his boys at Salt Lake City--now older, fatter, and grayer--when they lit the Olympic flame and re-captured the joy of their miracle moment.

Buy it. Read it. Cherish the memories. And remember the greatest moment in the history of sports when a bunch of unknown college kids beat the best team on earth.
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HASH(0x9505c414) von 5 Sternen Great Story From One of Nation's Best Sportswriters 17. Juli 2006
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Wayne Coffey is a wonderful sportswriter for the NY Daily News, so seeing his name on this book gave me every reason to believe I would like it. I was right.

A huge amount has been written and done about this team. There was a full-length movie, an outstanding HBO documentary and a made-for-TV movie (Karl Malden as Herb Brooks).

This book fills a lot of the gaps and gives a lot of insight into the individuals. I especially appreciated that Coffey interviewed many of the Russians, his sections on Tarasov and Tikhinov are fascinating.

Unlike Mr. Barat, I was able to follow the narrative of the book, it did not bounce around too much for me.

And while I would have preferred more coverage on the other games the team played, before and during the Olympics, that is a mild quibble.

The biggest gotcha in the book is when it talks about the game that the US played against the USSR two weeks before the Olympics. That game was won by the USSR 10-3 and it wasn't that close. Other sources said that both teams were trying 100%. Coffey believes that Brooks held back the US team a lot, not wanting to show his hand to them.

I rarely give 5 stars to a book, this one deserves them.
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HASH(0x9505c3fc) von 5 Sternen Not Enough Stars 13. Dezember 2005
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On the fateful night of 22 February 1980, I was 12 yrs old and witnessed the best event on tv or otherwise that I had *ever* seen or have seen since. The game against the Russians and ensuing victory forever changed my life. I have been both a hockey fan since and I most assuredly *do* believe in miracles. I was too young to appreciate the world events that kept the mood in the country downtrodden but I will always remember that game if only for the tremendously motivating story that it is. It's not possible to capture an intangible like hope, however Coffey's book certainly accomplishes precisely that. If you never read another sports based book, this one will be all that you'll ever need. Now if I can just find a VHS copy of the 13th Winter Olypic Games that features the game in question so I can burn the game to DVD to have forever more.
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HASH(0x9505c8d0) von 5 Sternen This is why we love hockey! 21. Januar 2005
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I remember the day well back in 1980. My Pee Wee hockey team traveled to Toronto from Detroit that Friday for a tournament that weekend. When we arrived, all the parents that made the trip and us kids all watched the game in the hotel bar. After all the excitement from seeing USA beating Russian, the parents went crazy and some cried and hugged each other. Me and my hockey teammates were just kids and really didn't understand the significance of the game, but definitely wanted USA to win. From the time I was a Mite to my last year in Juniors, hockey was my life as it was for a lot of kids that grew up playing hockey.

That following summer in 1980, I attended West Suburban Hockey Camp in Michigan which was owned and operated by the now infamous Bob Goodenow. Mark Wells, who played on the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team, was one of the instructors at the camp. It was awesome having the chance to be coached and taught hockey skills by Mark Wells. He was a very good instructor and some the fake and deke techniques he taught me helped me out as much as anything I ever learned from any hockey coach or instructor. Myself and other players at the camp were in awe of Mark Wells because he was just so powerful, fast and talented on the ice and a super nice guy as well.

When I read the part about Mark Wells in the book, I became a little emotional. I was sorry to hear about the struggles he has had over the years. After the movie "Miracle" came out, it got me thinking of what happened to Mark and to find out that he has had some difficulties in life were a surprise to me. I am happy to hear that Mark is doing well, moving forward and enjoying life now.

Hockey is unlike any other sport. The amount of time and money that the parents of young amateur hockey players put into their kids is huge, far beyond other major sports. All the traveling including many weekends of overnight travel, late night games and practices, buying new skates and equipment every year because kids are constantly growing out of them, the cost of ice time and giving much if not all of their own time just to let their kids to play hockey...and these parents wouldn't have it any other way.

You don't have to be an ex hockey player or even a real hockey fan to enjoy this book. Wayne Coffee does a great job telling the reader just what the players on the 1980 USA team gave up and then gained as hockey players and as people in achieving the unimaginable for their country.
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