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The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the NHL and Changed the Game Forever Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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Jonathon Gatehouse is a senior correspondent for Maclean’s weekly magazine and was formerly a reporter for the National Post and Montreal’s Gazette. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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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!
If you are a huge hockey fan and follow the business side of it, it's worth a skim. Otherwise, skip it.
The author of this book realizes that in order to understand the game of professional hockey as it exists today, you must understand where it was before the current commissioner took over. In order to understand how Gary Bettman pushed through the things he wanted done, you must understand the man's personality and history. And in order to comprehend the difficulty of doing so, you must understand the former and current structure of NHL ownership, as well as the personalities who did and do make up that exclusive circle. Mr. Gatehouse accomplishes these goals in a book that cannot be “just one type” in order to do its job.
Highly recommended for hockey fans, both the ones who are enjoying the game played today and the ones who lament for “the good old days”.
RATING: 5 stars.
But it's slow in parts, and I kept having to look back to earlier in the book to figure out who was who. At one point Gatehouse mentions a person briefly in an early chapter, then brings him up again over a hundred pages later and expects you to remember who he was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book proves what a Idiot Gary Bettman really is. I never liked him before I read this and I hate him even more after reading it. I understand where he came from. Read morePublished 3 months ago by annonymus
Despise this commissioner. So any book on Gary Bettman is good reading for me. So nice to find out that this little man is as insecure as they come. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sryan
This book arrived as promised and was in excellent condition. A great value for the price!Published 20 months ago by carolann powers
Decent read. Nothing special. I need to add a few more words to this review to hit the minimum. Okay, there!Published on December 16, 2013 by Alan K. Gates
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it gave good insight to where Bettman came from and what he's trying to do in the NHL today.Published on October 28, 2013 by jason
I used my review of Bettman's history as NHL Commissioner for my Leadership Theories class. I found Jonathon Gatehouse's bio to be fair and informative. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Steven F. Kowalski