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The Red Machine [Hardcover]

Lawrence Martin
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on Soviet hockey Sept. 8 1999
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Format:Hardcover
There are some cases where you only need to read one book to know all there is to know. This is one of those cases. Martin writes thoughtfully and sensitively across decades that changed the world, and his readers come away with their feet firmly planted on the ground, whereas previously they were swimming in the air with all the hearsay that bloomed from the mysticism that was Soviet hockey. This book should be worth 10 stars.
Martin's key point is that in the years previous to WW2, the Soviets played a brand of "Russian hockey," which was somewhat like field hockey on skates. In a monumental move, they then decided to drop this beloved game of theirs, and focus on what they actually called "Canadian hockey," which was the game as the rest of the world plays it. In a brilliant discussion, Lawrence describes how the Soviet hockey that grew out of this blended the best aspects of both games to produce something very special. This book is about more than just a sport. It is about how one aspect of a nation illustrated and paralleled the whole as it sought success in all the avenues that a world power could participate in, flawed as it was from the inside.
If one does wants to read further, I would recommend 'Road to Olympus,' by Anatoli Tarasov. Tarasov was the father of Soviet hockey, and his book, also no longer in print, makes a good mirror to Lawrence's masterpiece, written as it was from the other side of the pond. As well, Ken Dryden's semi autobiography 'The Game,' has an equally brilliant hypothesis on "the secret" of the Soviet's success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on Soviet hockey Sept. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are some cases where you only need to read one book to know all there is to know. This is one of those cases. Martin writes thoughtfully and sensitively across decades that changed the world, and his readers come away with their feet firmly planted on the ground, whereas previously they were swimming in the air with all the hearsay that bloomed from the mysticism that was Soviet hockey. This book should be worth 10 stars.
Martin's key point is that in the years previous to WW2, the Soviets played a brand of "Russian hockey," which was somewhat like field hockey on skates. In a monumental move, they then decided to drop this beloved game of theirs, and focus on what they actually called "Canadian hockey," which was the game as the rest of the world plays it. In a brilliant discussion, Lawrence describes how the Soviet hockey that grew out of this blended the best aspects of both games to produce something very special. This book is about more than just a sport. It is about how one aspect of a nation illustrated and paralleled the whole as it sought success in all the avenues that a world power could participate in, flawed as it was from the inside.
If one does wants to read further, I would recommend 'Road to Olympus,' by Anatoli Tarasov. Tarasov was the father of Soviet hockey, and his book, also no longer in print, makes a good mirror to Lawrence's masterpiece, written as it was from the other side of the pond. As well, Ken Dryden's semi autobiography 'The Game,' has an equally brilliant hypothesis on "the secret" of the Soviet's success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource Dec 1 2010
By dudesimon - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book as a source for a school paper on Czechoslovak hockey in the 1960s, and it was a huge help. It's well written and researched, and I couldn't help but read a lot more than I needed to read for my paper. It's also valuable for the larger lesson Soviet hockey success makes clear--if a government wants to do something well, make it part of your nation's culture, spend money on it, and success will follow. If the U.S. wants to end it's current culture of obesity, diabetes, insane health care costs, and overeating, a little "physical culture" would be a good idea.
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Machine Dread Machine Sept. 4 2013
By Paul Lore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Excellent read. The author needs to update his book and re-publish it as the book is out of circulation and draws a high price.
The first chapter in the update could start with the first Russian imports entitled Larionov and Krutov or better still Wine and Hot Dogs as Larionov aged well and the latter--perhaps the best of the KLM ate and drank his way out of hockey. Another chapter could be that since the import of Russians to the NHL that they now play more like Canadians and the Canadians play more like Russians. The new book could be well-positioned for publication after the Winter Olympics in Russia.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 18 2014
By Daniele sauvageau - Published on Amazon.com
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