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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition edition (Nov. 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476716536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476716534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An illustration of hockey's special place in the Canadian heart and mind...Harper has written a finely detailed history of the struggle between professionalism and amateurism in early 20th-century Ontario hockey...It includes insightful examinations of class and religion and the roles they played in a country that still saw itself as a pillar of the British Empire, all viewed through the prism of hockey at the dawn of the pro era." (The New York Times)

"...the Prime Minister does a good job of taking you back to the country, and the time, that gave birth to the national game." (Globe and Mail)

A Great Game is a "...readable and entertaining historical exposition of the early organizational days of Canada's most beloved sport...[Harper is] an unreconstructed sentimentalist about hockey. He romances the game, focusing on its sepia-toned infancy." (Toronto Star)

About the Author

Like millions of other Canadians, Stephen Harper developed his love for hockey at a young age as he played at the arenas and on the shinny rinks and roads of his hometown. Today, long retired from his on-ice “career” with the Leaside Lions, he is the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and is happily married to Laureen, who, with their children Ben and Rachel, live in Calgary and Ottawa.

A member of the Society of International Hockey Research with a particular interest in the early decades of the game, Mr. Harper is an amateur historian interested in exploring the sport’s impact on the people and places that define Canada.

A Great Game is his first published work on the game of hockey.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Symonds on May 7 2014
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Very Interesting and informative on the history of early hockey mostly the Maple Leafs, Easy to tell there was much research prior to writing.
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By alfred G Wirth on April 1 2014
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A serious but very readable look at the game as played in the early 20th century.
Well worth reading for the surprising facts about the evolution of the rules.
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By Dan on Nov. 17 2014
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Prompt delivery and I can't wait to read it!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Collin Cooke on March 20 2014
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Bought this for my husband for Christmas. Stephen Harper has done his homework on this book, lots of history on the game of hockey. Husband enjoyed & recommends this book....and he is a fussy reader.
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15 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Radioactive on Nov. 21 2013
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A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey is chalked full of long forgotten facts about Canada's great game! Definitely a great gift for the holidays. And it's not just for Leafs fans, anyone who loves the game, should read this one!
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15 of 25 people found the following review helpful By zack stein on Nov. 12 2013
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A great book which will remind you why we love hockey.
I received the book yesterday, and i finished it before falling asleep.
waiting for Mr. Harper's next book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jackie sutherland on Dec 27 2013
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Was a gift so not sure if they liked it or not. Was exactly what I order and next day delivery was great. Looked like a good product for the hockey buffs.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By simranjeet sodhi on Nov. 29 2013
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Thirteen chapters of pure hockey,this book helped me in my journey from not understanding anything to enjoying hours of hockey game.I couldn't be a true Canadian if i did not watch hockey and this book gets the credit for both.It is an excellent book and the author deserves a special thank you and a place of pride for bringing this book into this world.
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