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The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U. S. Olympic Hockey Team

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Living in the Moment In 1980, the XIII Olympic Winter Games wer

Living in the Moment

In 1980, the XIII Olympic Winter Games were held in Lake Placid, New York. At the time the United States was struggling with an economic slump, fighting an oil crisis, and facing many overseas issues like the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Cold War...
Living in the Moment

In 1980, the XIII Olympic Winter Games were held in Lake Placid, New York. At the time the United States was struggling with an economic slump, fighting an oil crisis, and facing many overseas issues like the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Cold War with the USSR. Morale was down throughout American citizens. Wayne Coffey relinquishes a defining moment of these Olympics and American sports history that changes the course of American spirit by retelling the hockey game of USA vs. USSR in the medal semi-finals in the book The Boys of Winter.

The Boys of Winter is a compelling story about hard-work, determination, the cohesiveness of a team, and reaching goals. This book is a fantastic read for someone who is looking for a thrilling recount of the biggest hockey game in American history. The book provides amazing information and enticing stories of players and coaches, but it is not a history lesson. The Boys of Winter starts nearly at the first drop of the puck in Lake Placid on February 22, 1980 and ends after 60 minutes of a hard-hitting hockey game.

I was aware I might be disappointed by this book because I already knew the beginning, middle, and end by watching Disney’s take on the event, the movie Miracle. However, Coffey conveys his own unique spin on the game by accounting for nearly every second spent on the ice, the logistics surrounding it, and my favorite part, expertly intertwined descriptions of each USA player’s personality through special stories of their lives before and after that game. He highlights the strengths of the players enough to make me believe that this win did not just come from a well-conditioned, fairly talented and hard-working group of players; it came from a team where each and every player had their own special addition, from the will to lead by example to the will to disprove stereotypes, that was hand-selected by coach Herb Brooks.

This book was generally a very quick and easy read, but at times when Coffey was detailing every shot took in each period it would drag on. The extensive hockey vocabulary was hard to follow, especially for someone who does not play the sport. He matches his specialized moments by enticing and personable stories that make this book fun to read for someone who is looking for more than just the movie portrays about the game and all the United States players.

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My god i am looking for a soccer book

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    Herb Brooks is The Man!

    This is the triumphant story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team. This story captures the hearts of readers everywhere. Read as Coach Herb Brooks tries to form a dream hockey team to upset the Russian juggernaut. This story teaches readers significant morals and lessons. This book is a great read for anyone who loves sports.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Intensity, fearlessness, and a story that truly tells itself. Th

    Intensity, fearlessness, and a story that truly tells itself. Thats what this this book is about. The book really captures the setting even around the hockey game. At this time alot was going on in America and that is just as much a part of the story as hockey is. The book describes the intensity of the 1980 american hockey society completely. I would recommend this book to anyone who is an avid sports fan. You don't have to be a die-hard hockey fan to read this. If you love competition and sport dedicated books, this is the one for you. Coffey truly captures each hockey game and describes the full intensity of each and every shift on the ice. Coffey's writing style fit the needs of this story completely. He did not try to overpower the story by his writing but allowed the story to be the "cake" and his writing to be the "frosting." He just spiced up and put the intensity inside of it. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Excellent

    I was born in 1981 and this gives a great review of the game and players in depth that made up a special moment and team in American history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Good Book

    I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book for any one interested in the 80 Olympic hockey team.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Very good read

    I'm not any sort of a hockey fan, and am too young to have seen this game and actually remember it. However I loved the movie that was based on this book & was equally impressed with the book.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

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    Top Retelling of the 1980 Team

    Coffey writes an awesome book, capturing not only the drama of the game with the Russians, but also providing snapshot biographies of the key players. Like an expert skater, he weaves in and out with game and player details. The story never gets old and the insight as to the boys in red, white and blue is fascinating. Matters not if you are a hockey fan or sports fan or even if you weren't yet born in 1980, pick it up and give it a read. Great book about a key moment in sports and our nation's history.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    Winter Of the boys

    Many books can be boring and not keep my interest, I guess I'm a picky reader but for some reason this book kept I interested but it also bagging for more. By Wayne Coffey's righting style it was able to make me feel like I was in the middle of the practices watching the hockey team skate circles around me. Making each person come to life as if I was right beside them as they were telling me the story of their amazing victory. One thing that I believe he could have done better is have more information on the team members not so much the couch. It would have been nice to see how the team members were affected after reserving the gold medal in the 1980 Olympic Games. Overall this book was a very good and exciting read. I would recommend it to any hockey fan and anyone who is looking for a good and exciting read.

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