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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,206 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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Poor quality book. He might be a good PM but he is not a good book writer. Photos were poorest quality that would not have been acceptable in a primary school essay. In this digital age, the photo images were worse than the original images. No effort was made to enhance them or find better copies. Although the details are perhaps technically correct, game references seem sporadic and without excitement. Dry, dry, dry with excerpts of teams long ago gone. Not one anecdote can I recall from the book. And no effective tie into today's teams. The book details far too much and leaves out the overall feel. With only a few pages to go, it had only brought the era up to the 1920's. You will not read about any of the great Leafs from the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, etc!!! Nor will you see any of their photos. This book could have been written in 1920! Basically it should be called the book about pre-NHL or the book about amateur hockey becoming a professional sport. But that's it. Sorry Stephen but stick to politics. I'm not sure who was writing all the good reviews about this book?
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very interesting story of the beginnings of professional hockey, the war between the amateur and professional game, and the early Toronto hockey team. And we won't do a spoiler on what team they actually began as !!!
And as to NC's earlier stupid review, perhaps he (she?) should have actually looked at the cover of the book. It's about the early hockey game, and not the more modern team, so would not deal with what you have read ad-nauseum before, on the modern "Laffs". Obviously a Leaf fan-the lack of reading comprehension shows!
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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 Bob Tisdale on April 18 2015
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Well researched and gives you a lot on little known history of hockey and the Leafs
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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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By Michael Attwell on March 30 2015
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good read......
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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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