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Searching for Bobby Orr Mass Market Paperback – Oct 30 2007

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Books (Oct. 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400025338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400025336
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,314,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Praise for Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In:

• National Bestseller
• A Globe and mail Best Book
• A Sports Illustrated Book of the Year

“These are men of substance, worth getting to know. Brunt does them justice, but the author has done something even more impressive: He has found something new to report about Muhammad Ali.”
Sports Illustrated

“Stephen Brunt takes us for a rare and sometimes painful sit in the loser’s corner, where, as all observers of tragedy know, the most revealing stories take place.”
Ottawa Citizen

Facing Ali is a work of wit and insight. It goes the distance.”
The Vancouver Sun


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About the Author

Stephen Brunt, a columnist at the Globe and Mail, is Canada's premier sportswriter and commentator. His most recent book, the #1 national bestselling Searching for Bobby Orr, was called "not only one of the best hockey books ever, but a book that transcends hockey" by the Edmonton Journal. He is also the author of Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In; The Way it Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports; Mean Business: The Rise and Fall of Shawn O'Sullivan; Second to None: The Roberto Alomar Story and Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.

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Format: Paperback
I just finished this book and completly enjoyed it. Exposing both the arrogance of power of the Eagle, and the unsuspecting naive Orr. Although I enjoyed this book, I leave it feeling incomplete. I suppose only when Orr co-operates with a biography will we ever see the whole picture. We see him incomplete, just like his final games, how unfortunate.
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A somewhat odd book, almost a scrapbook put together from many old footnoted sources. SB acknowledges many and admits to several hours of video review. The end result is nothing really new apart from a constant message that the "real" Bobby Orr is a "blank slate", a mysterious and overly private person, whose public persona was and is carefully contrived. I recall Orr from those old HNIC interviews as one of the worst interviews/dumbest monosyllabic jocks around, in the 90s he somehow became an articulate GM and Mastercard shill. Brunt tries to look at the start of #4's career by putting it into context with the social and cultural changes in the 60s and 70s, but his linkages and arguments seem forced. I would argue he was one of many and others, such as Bobby Hull for one, had a greater impact with NHL players. I guess we'll find out more of Orr when he finally does write his own story.
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I recently bought this book as a gift for my aunt after I had read it when it first came out. Stephen Brunt's autobiography is a far better look at the life of hockey's greatest star than Orr's own autobiography. In Orr's own book, the great #4 modestly plays down his enormous accomplishments. It reads like one of those bland 75-cent paperback sports biographies that were so plentiful in the 1950s and 1960s. In contrast, Stephen Brunt fairly assesses Orr's brilliant career--which Orr himself is modestly reluctant to do. It's a thorough examination of the wonderfully talented Bobby Orr.
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Very well written ... what I like best about it is ... the Author explains the detailed information in the book . If you really want to know about this famous hockey player this is a must read .... !
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