Going for the Green: The Book Gets Closer

So Key Porter, my publisher for the upcoming Going for the Green book, sent out a cover mock-up, and a press release to media on Friday. The cover is still being tweaked, but what appears here is essentially the final version. The forward was written by Score Golf editor Bob Weeks.

The book will hit shelves at the end of April.


Here’s the release:

Going For The Green
On The Links With Canada’s Business And Political Elite

By Robert Thompson
$29.95, hardcover, 298 pages

April 30, 2008
What links business, politics, and power? Money? Patronage? No. The answer is golf, and no one knows this more than award-winning National Post columnist and bestselling author Robert Thompson.

Going for the Green: On the Links with Canadas Business and Political Elite chronicles the thoughts, successes, failures, and philosophies of Canadas top business and political leaders as they play a casual round of golf with Robert Thompson, one of Canadas best known business and sports writers. Removed from the confines of their plush offices and freed of their suits and ties, Canadas top business and political minds relax and offer insights into their lives and their work, proving that you can learn more from spending four hours on the golf course than a week in the boardroom.

Interviewees include:

Brad Pelletier (IMG)

Bruce Simmonds (ClubLink)

Danny Williams

David McLean (CN)

David Miller

Dee Parkinson-Marcoux (Sherritt)

Eugene Melnyk (Biovail, Ottawa Senators)

Frank McKenna

Gerry Barad (Live Nation)

JP Ouellet (RBC)

Jim Kinnear/Jim Balsillie (Pengrowth/RIM/Canadian Open)

Norm Keevil (Teck Cominco)

Peter Schwartz (Lawrence Group)

Peter Viner (CanWest)

Rai Sahi (Morguard)

Ralph Klein

Raymond Royer (Domtar)

Ron Joyce (Tim Hortons)

Stephen Bebis (Golf Town)

Thomas McBroom (Golf designer)

Robert Thompson writes a golf column for the National Post, and was a staff reporter covering business and sports. He is also a columnist for Score Golf, a contributing editor for Travel and Leisure Golf, and has written for the Globe and Mail and Golf magazine. His books include the national bestseller Always Fresh: The Untold Story of Tim Hortons by the Man Who Created a Canadian Empire and The Third Best Hull.

If you are interested in an excerpt from Going for the Green, or to review the book, please contact Jennifer Fox at 416-862-7777 ext 232 or

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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