The Rocket: A Cultural History of Maurice Richard

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Greystone Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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In his 18 years with the Montr al Canadiens (1942-1960), Maurice Richard’s story appeared everywhere from novels to songs, and his name marked streets and public squares. In this entertaining and lavishly illustrated biography, cultural historian Beno t Melan on traces the Rocket’s elevation from mortal to myth. The book's opening pages revisit Richard's greatest feats and most memorable moments, from his 1955 suspension for hitting a referee to his standoff with NHL president Clarence Campbell that became a symbol of Quebec nationalism. Melan on then explores the Rocket's legend and mystique -- his burning eyes, wild temper, physical strength, and sudden tendency to break down in tears. The Rocket draws on a rich mix of print sources, photos, and illustrations to show how sportswriters, artists, playwrights, politicians, and ordinary citizens all played a part in immortalizing this extraordinary man and athlete.

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International journalist and award-winning literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics in the Middle East. He has reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse , CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir . He currently resides in Montreal, Quebec.

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