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Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War [Paperback]

Item : Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War [Paperback]
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Author Author : Sarantakes, Nicholas Evan
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0521176662
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780521176668
Publisher Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Pages Pages : 356
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100064724

Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War offers a diplomatic history of the 1980 Olympic boycott.Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War offers a diplomatic history of the 1980 Olympic boycott. Broad in its focus, it looks at events in Washington, D.C., as well as the opposition to the boycott and how this attempted embargo affected the athletic contests in Moscow.Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War offers a diplomatic history of the 1980 Olympic boycott. Broad in its focus, it looks at events in Washington, D.C., as well as the opposition to the boycott and how this attempted embargo affected the athletic contests in Moscow.Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War offers a diplomatic history of the 1980 Olympic boycott. Broad in its focus, it looks at events in Washington, D.C., as well as the opposition to the boycott and how this attempted embargo affected the athletic contests in Moscow. Jimmy Carter based his foreign policy on assumptions that had fundamental flaws and reflected a superficial familiarity with the Olympic movement. These basic mistakes led to a campaign that failed to meet its basic mission objectives but did manage to insult the Soviets just enough to destroy d?tente and restart the Cold War. The book also includes a military history of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which provoked the boycott, and an examination of the boycotts impact four years later at the Los Angeles Olympics, where the Soviet Union retaliated with its own boycott.Introduction: miracle on ice; 1. Lord Killanin and the politics of the Olympics; 2. Los Angeles versus Moscow; 3. Jimmy Carter and U.S.-Soviet relations; 4. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; 5. The American response; 6. Easy victories; 7. Painful losses; 8. The White House games; 9. Coca-Cola, NBC, and the defeat of the Iron Lady; 10. The vote in Colorado; 11. Civil wars; 12. Cal$

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