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Gretzky: An Autobiography [Hardcover]

Wayne;Reilly, Rick Gretzky


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the goody-two shoes I thought he was Aug. 27 2001
By CarrieB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Who knew that Mr. Lady Bing was so opinionated? In that respect, this book was a pleasant surprise, because anyone can give the standard PR/PC spiel. I thought I was getting the usual sports bio, "We went into game 5 tired and spent, yada yada yada..." While Wayne does include things like that, he does provide insight on what it feels like to be a highly recognizable person. Most celebrities are too egotistical to admit to feelings of lonliness at the top, yet Wayne admits these feelings, and also enjoys his moments. I also liked how he pulled no punches when it came to his feelings about Peter Pocklington. You'll want to get into a hot shower and scrub yourself red, after reading the chapters on The Trade. He also occasionally decries The Supreme Lord Sather. Nice to see someone in the game not worship at the altar once in a while, isn't it? Yet he's still the greatest ambassador hockey has had. This book is better than Kevin Lowe's gloss-job, I'll tell ya that.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it was an exelent book all of the quots were great May 12 1999
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved the quotes. once I started to read it i could not stop. I could not belive I read a book that was that long. Wayne Gretzky is the greatest man who ever lived. It is amasing when you think about it how many peaople try to idolise him. go into a hockey rink and look to see how many people actally do idolise him. And it is all because his jursey was too big for him when he was playng with the 17 year olds. My favorite part was when walter Gretzky quotes "I did not build a rink to watch my son grow up to be a pro I did it so I could watch from the kitchen where it is worm"
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great book!! April 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought that this was a great book. It tells about his first ten years in the NHL and how he broke tons of records. If you are wanting to learn more about Wayne Gretzky I would recommend reading this book. I just picked up this book the other day when he retired just to see how great of a hockey player he was and forever will be. I especially enjoyed this book from a hockey players view since I have played hockey for nine years and enjoy this sport verry much. So if you want to read a great book by a great hockey player read this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY EVER! May 12 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked this book, part of the reason for me liking it is that i like hockey a lot and i am a hockey fan. It was cool to learn about some of the history of one of the greatest players ever. the best part about this book was when wayne wrote about his childhood and his roots as a hockey player, it was also good when he talked about his carrer with the edmonton oilers and his four stanley cup championships and all of the art ross trophys and hart tropheys he won for all the years he was an MVP and leading scorer. However i thought that i got very boring towards the end of the book when he started talking about his marriage and his friends and other hockey players. But i liked the book and i learned a lot about hockey and the history of great players
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Autobiography of All Time Dec 3 2005
By Claire Stokes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What I enjoyed the most about this book was the character of Wayne Gretzky. I think that he is very diplomatic and has an inborn sense of fairness and his story of betrayal and how he acknowledged the good things he acquired from the person shows his true character. He is very honest about life and his ability to balance the good and the bad things in life was truly amazing to me. Even if you aren't a hockey fan this book is a must read. If you have a teenager I would highly recommend this reading as it is based on the reality of a man who was born with a gift that he used but does not deny the sacrifices that he had to make to get there. In these times it is critical for youth to understand integrity counts and this is truly a man of integrity. It covers family and devotion to family for which he clearly explains if it hadn't been for the sacrifices of his father he could have never achieved his goal. Last, I also admire his stating how parents should not force a child into such a career, it must be in their heart for them to do it and he is very honest and forthright in a matter of what lies ahead should any child pursue such a career as this.

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