A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History

Seth Berkman (Author)

Product Details

$26.99  $24.83
Hanover Square Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2019
6.5 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Born in Seoul and raised in New Jersey, Seth Berkman made his first trip back to South Korea since his adoption during the 2018 Winter Olympics, when Korea's first women's Olympic hockey team made their historic debut. Berkman met the team while on assignment for theNew York Times, where he has been a regular contributor since 2012. A graduate of Columbia University Journalism School, he has also had work published by The New Yorker and dozens of other local and national outlets.


"A feel-good story." --New York Times Book Review
"Berkman, a New York Times contributor who was born in Seoul and raised in New Jersey, does a fantastic job of providing historical context and capturing the tremendous sacrifices made by the players as well as the passion they shared for the sport. Readers will find themselves cheering for a team who began as political pawns but who ultimately showed the world the Olympic spirit in action, despite losing every game they played. A must-have for its slice of its Olympic history and its portrait of Korean culture." --Booklist (starred review)

"This poignant story showcases the bonds of friendship over Olympic glory and will appeal to fans of women's sports and anyone who has experienced the special kinship that comes from being part of a team." --Library Journal

"In this entertaining history, New York Times journalist Berkman follows the South Korean women's national hockey team for the year leading up to the 2018 Olympics... The author shines at describing the roller-coaster ride through the Olympics, during which the unified Korean team scored one of their only two goals of the tournament against Japan... Berkman unveils a great story of women's hockey that's sure to thrill those rooting for the underdog." --Publishers Weekly

"A well-written, impassioned story of sports, friendship, and determination." --Kirkus Reviews
"This isn't simply a sports book. Rather, it's a book about inspiring and courageous women who just happened to be hockey players." --Korea Times

"Berkman has the seasoned sportswriter's keen observational skills and gripping storytelling ability, combined with elegant, witty prose and a lot of heart." --Euny Hong, author of The Birth of Korean Cool

"Seth Berkman's A Team of Their Own is a lively, crisply written rollercoaster of a book that tells the story of the women of South Korea's hockey team in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics." --Michael Breen, author of The New Koreans

"Yes, the sport is often compared broadly to war. But what, specifically, does it have to do with geopolitics, grandstanding politicians, nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-un and three-quarters of a century of national division? To find out, read this impressively detailed account of the unified Korean women's ice hockey team and its starring role at the 2018 Winter Olympics." --Bradley K. Martin, prizewinning author of Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

"A poignant story of identity and belonging that resonates far beyond the world of elite women's hockey." --Alice Stephens, author of Famous Adopted People

"Berkman crafts a moving account of women speaking up, leveraging their platform, and questioning the status quo that feels particularly apt in 2019."
--Dat Winning

"This is a gripping and emotional read. I learned so much about hockey, the Koreas, and the struggles women athletes face across the globe. Seth Berkman introduces you to the young women in his story with empathy and care. It's a classic tale of underdogs giving their all for the sport that they love...I'm ready to see the major motion picture. (Can someone get on that?)" --Hannah Jewell, author of She Caused a Riot

"This was a fascinating read about passion, dedication, and sacrifice. The hard work of the women of the South Korean women's national hockey team highlighted the lengths people are willing to go to pursue a dream. The dream of playing in the 2018 Winter Olympics drove these young women to push their bodies and their minds in extreme ways as they trained through injuries, adjusted career goals and college plans, challenged their familiar expectations, and pushed through preconceived notions about one another. Berkman helps the reader get to know each unique player showing how these very different women came together for a common goal, truly defining what makes a team. The bonds of the team are greatly challenged when, two weeks before the Olympics, government officials and the International Olympic Committee informed the women of the South Korean team that they'd have to make space for players for North Korea to join, forming a Unified women's hockey team. After years of training together, the makeup of the team was shifted dramatically, but the players overcame this challenge as they had so many others, by bolstering one another up, opening their hearts and arms, and focusing on being the best players they could be. I finished the book with a new understanding of life in South Korea and feeling inspired and moved by the powers of openness, dedication, and goodwill." --Becca Anderson, author of The Book of Awesome Women