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Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams
Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams
by Mike Babcock
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great advice all around, but be sure you know what you're buying, January 5, 2013
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Mike Babcock is an unbelievable coach, and now just as good a writer. But make sure you know what you are getting when you click "Buy". This is not a book about his time with the Red Wings, his coaching career, or even a detailed account of the 2010 Olympics. What it does is give insight into the philosophies of leadership that Babcock and his coaching staff utilized.

The book is enlightening, entertaining, and really leaves you optimistic about everything. Babcock does a great job of taking you through the psychological side of playing for your country, one that strives for perfection every time. It's an incredible journey Babcock takes you through, along with advice that can help you not only in hockey, but throughout your life as you chase your dreams.


It Must've Been Something I Ate
It Must've Been Something I Ate
by Jeffrey Steingarten
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As the First!, January 5, 2013
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Steingarten's witty, and almost obnoxious banter, is what makes this book just as incredible as his first. Taking you through the world of food, including his kitchen (which, from what it sounds, would be better suited as a science lab), it is nearly impossible to put this book down.

The chapters are rarely related to one another, which makes it an easy read, and one that can be done over a long period of time (if you're struggling to find time to read, that is!). If you have any interest in food, I highly recommend this book, as it not only gives you great cooking and food tips, but also entertains to the extent that you think you're standing right next to Steingarten in the restaurant or in his kitchen as he goes through his ridiculous endeavors.


The Best of Down Goes Brown: Greatest Hits and Brand New Classics-to-Be from Hockey's Most Hilarious Blog
The Best of Down Goes Brown: Greatest Hits and Brand New Classics-to-Be from Hockey's Most Hilarious Blog
by Sean McIndoe
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant, January 5, 2013
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Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown) is not only a hilarious writer - he's one of the most brilliant journalists on the web, with the incredible and often-lost ability to put great pieces of opinion and excellent thought points within a well-crafted and entertaining column. When I purchased the book, I was worried that I would get sick of his cookie-cutter article styles by the end, but how can you possibly get sick of something so well done?

For anyone who is remotely a hockey fan, this book is a BUY BUY BUY. It's a collection of his old columns, along with some new content. Even if you've read every one of his articles before, it's still well worth the trip back in memory lane. A great job done by McIndoe on a regular basis, and in the publishing of this book. I'm already looking forward to the next one!


The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the NHL and Changed the Game Forever
The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the NHL and Changed the Game Forever
by Jonathon Gatehouse
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, But Poorly Written, January 5, 2013
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The Instigator is a rare chance to take a behind the scenes look at Gary Bettman, the man who has run the game for over two decades. The issue with this book is, it seems as if the entire book is based solely off one brief interview the author had with the Commissioner. Bettman is indeed a complicated man, one who always has to have a certain face on in public, but one who must be tough and strict once the cameras are off. Yet there is still the side of him that just loves the sport he runs.

However, this book fails to really capture Bettman. Instead, there are sporadic quotes from the Commissioner and little insight into Bettman himself. The meat of the book is simply a statement of facts and situations that the NHL has found itself in during Bettman's tenure. Most of it you can find on the Internet or in other books. I give the author a lot of credit for a well-researched book, but by the middle of the book, I was skimming and skipping many sections filled with generic information that I already knew.

For a casual hockey fan that does not know a lot about the game, I recommend this book, but if you're a diehard familiar with the nuances of the game, I'd take a pass.

NOTE: I give the author a great deal of credit for uncovering little tidbits about Bettman such as the fact that he wrote his Masters Thesis on the branches of power within a Mafia organization. Draw your own conclusion!


J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless, and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey
J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless, and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey
by Jeremy Roenick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.51
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great hockey book from a great advocate, January 5, 2013
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I was a great fan of Jeremy Roenick's throughout his career, and was always thrilled to listen to his opinion, no matter how off-the-wall it was. This book was no different. If you want a formal, well-written book, don't click "Add to Cart" on this one, as the writing as far from perfect. But the content and the stories JR writes about are priceless.

If you're looking to read about the time he had to avoid Mike Keenan by climbing through a hotel air vent, or about hilarious times on the bench or in the locker room, or even a serious story about his family or his time rehabbing from concussions, JR is the book for you. A laugh-a-minute, entertaining, and really enlightening, it's a book every hockey fan should have.


Sports from Hell: My Search for the World's Most Outrageous Competition
Sports from Hell: My Search for the World's Most Outrageous Competition
by Rick Reilly
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Reilly's best work, but well worth, January 5, 2013
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Sports From Hell is a much different piece than Reilly's other books/novels. It's written from a different voice, and each chapter has no relation to the others, so it is more of a "when you have time" read, for perusing a chapter here and there. It's not nearly as exciting as his other books (or his ESPN/SI articles), but the book is still extraordinarily entertaining and just as funny as his typical writing style.

He goes throughout the world and writes about the oddest sports, such as rock-paper-scissors competitions, ferret-legging, and even baseball. The book is entertaining, passes the time, and really gives you insight into how crazy the typical sports fan is (in a good way!).

If you like his writing, I'd absolutely recommend buying it, you'll enjoy it. But don't expect a Pulitzer Prize-worthy book.


Missing Links
Missing Links
by Rick Reilly
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Amazing, September 6, 2012
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I have always been a huge fan of Rick Reilly's work, but I was hesitant to purchase Missing Links due to my general dislike of fiction. However, I was shocked to see that, like Bob Costas' review on the front cover, it was almost impossible for me to put the book down. The story line was brilliantly executed, the writing was the familiar, witty banter that I'm used to from Reilly's ESPN columns, and it simply was a heartwarming story to read. I'm not even an avid golfer, yet I had no problem reading about the intricacies of the game, its players, and more.


The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend
The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend
by Gare Joyce
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, January 10, 2012
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I'm a very big fan of Gare Joyce and his writing style, ever since I read "Future Greats and Heartbreaks," in addition to his draft articles on ESPN.com. This book was written beautifully, flowed perfectly, and was extremely interesting to read. Unfortunately, it does seem to portray Bobby Hull in a bit of a dark light, but, like any book, if you read with a bit of skepticism and question certain pieces of it, you really can get a lot out of it. I got some interesting tidbits out of this book, and would recommend it to any hockey fan that have a love of the game. It is not quite a five-star book, but once again, it is still extremely interesting and worthwhile to pick up.


Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy
Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy
by Martin Lindstrom
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but take with a grain of salt, January 10, 2012
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"Brandwashing" was introduced to me by a friend who was familiar with Martin Lindstrom's work. I read it fairly quickly (considering being a somewhat slow reader) because the book is written in a way that is almost Gladwellian, mixing concepts in with interesting stories. But however interesting they may be, they seem to get old somewhat quickly. Instead of using three or four longer stories within the context of a term, he uses 30-some examples, and at some point, you feel like saying, "I get it Martin, move on." Also, with no pun intended to the title of the book, the entire piece reads almost like a brainwashing book to try to get us to stop branding ourselves, which is quite impossible in today's world, as Martin briskly notes in his introduction. Only at the very very end does Martin bring it together and explain what this means to us, but it took over 250 pages to get to that point, unfortunately. In fact, for the majority of the book, I felt like I was reading Consumer Reports, with the crazy studies that they try to pass off as absolute fact to get you to change your behavior.

Don't get me wrong, this book is fascinating and eye-opening, to say the least, mixed with a best-selling author style of writing, as I know Martin brings to the table. I still give it four stars because of this and recommend it to those interested in the topic, but warn anyone buying it to take whatever is written with a grain of salt, rather than simply believing what's in writing, as many are susceptible to doing.


Fighting the Good Fight: Why On-Ice Violence Is Killing Hockey
Fighting the Good Fight: Why On-Ice Violence Is Killing Hockey
by Adam Proteau
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Written, Regardless of Opinion, November 23, 2011
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As a big fan of Adam Proteau's writings at The Hockey News, I was thrilled to both purchase and read this book. I was pleased with the final product, to say the least. It reads more like an extended version of his weekly column, Proteau Type, as opposed to a traditional book, but I believe that's a good thing, as Proteau's writing style makes his points easy to follow, with some laughs along the way. And even though I disagreed with a fair amount of what he wrote about, there is no question that the way in which he goes about supporting his book's thesis is nearly flawless. If you're a current hockey fan with a love for the game and a love for an improvement of the game, Proteau's book is a must for your bookshelf!


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