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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: #16,201 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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2 of 2 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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3 of 5 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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lyndie on Jan. 9 2014
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I bought this book for my husband for Christmas. He tells me the book is excellent. It reminds him of the way it use to be played and how dangerous the game has become. The men playing hockey now a bigger and stronger. A whole different game now than then. Loves the details of the game in the book.

A must read for anyone who is a hockey fan or player!!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By margaret quinn on Jan. 17 2014
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have known this book had taken roughly nine years to complete and our Prime Minister is nothing but thorough in his hockey sense and the proceeds of the sale of this book are given to our Canadian Troops who are in need of assistance.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken in Sask on Jan. 26 2014
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I f you like the game of hockey you will like this well written history. There are many facts covered in this book that I did not know.
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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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