Canoe.ca has a fine story about my Going for the Green book courtesy of the Canadian Press.
Here’s a taste:
TORONTO – In a 1922 short story titled “Ordeal by Golf,” British humorist P.G. Wodehouse aptly illustrated one of the game’s most maddening secrets: a merciless, unfailing tendency to lay bare the unvarnished truth about even its most committed practitioners.
“The only way . . . of really finding out a man’s true character is to play golf with him,” Wodehouse wrote. “In no other walk of life does the cloven hoof so quickly display itself.”
Nearly a century later, Toronto business writer Robert Thompson decided golf would provide the perfect backdrop to profile some of the most important and intriguing movers and shakers in Canadian business and politics.
That basic premise forms the basis for Thompson’s latest book, “Going for the Green: On the Links with Canada’s Business and Political Elite” (2008, Key Porter Books, $29.95).
“The whole point of it was to be as honest as I could be with the people I was playing with,” Thompson says, his clubs rattling on his back as he trudges along the fourth fairway at a luxurious country club in north Toronto, answering questions for once instead of asking them.
“That’s the essence of it – you hope to show a side of these guys that you’re just not going to see any other way.”