Business writer Harvey Schachter writes a nice, and positive take on my Going for the Green: On the Links with Canada’s Business and Political Elite book in the Globe and Mail today. He proclaims it “charming and intelligent.”
In addition: It’s an appealing premise for a journalist: Take prominent business and political leaders to a golf course and, away from the trappings of their office, they will reveal their true essence. In fact, it’s not quite that simple, because they know the journalist is taking notes and in some cases what you see on the greens is not what colleagues see in the board rooms. In Going for the Green (Key Porter, 286 pages, $29.95) golf and business journalist Robert Thompson writes that Biovail Corp. dynamo Eugene Melnyk “always had an element of cagey street fighter about him, even if it doesn’t materialize on the golf course, where he’s typically congenial and relatively passive.” Former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein is a rather grumpy golf partner, not the expected jovial populist. Domtar Inc. CEO Raymond Royer, usually a genteel executive, tells the author on the fairways: “The goal is always the same: To beat the shit out of our competitors.” But the golf course interchange, and Mr. Thompson’s research, does provide charming and intelligent profiles of many of the 21 leaders he played with, as well as taking golfers who read the book onto some of the fabled private courses in the land (and the public course Toronto Mayor David Miller favours).