“There's these things called books.... it's like TV for smart people,” Bill Bryson explains to his friend Stephen Katz as they attempt to hike the 2,200-mile (3,500 km) Appalachian Trail, A Walk in the Woods, Doubleday, 1997
Every page of Don’t Back Down is full of fascinating detail and great footnotes and references… it’s a masterpiece and should be a reference book for real estate development as well as Ottawa and league history. Getting this city into the NHL has transformed Canada’s capital and made it a world-class place to live and work; even Americans know where Ottawa is now! Big congrats!
Don’t Back Down is one of the best books I’ve ever read! It had just the right amount of facts and humor relative to one of the major milestones in Ottawa’s history. It not only gives us the inside scoop on the founding of the modern era Senators and the inner workings of the National Hockey League, it also shows how difficult childhood experiences can sometimes help build determination in us as adults to pull off miracles
I really loved Don’t Back Down—from travels to far-off Australia and fistfights as a scrappy young boy all the way to dealing with a not-to-be-trusted government when trying to do something great for his hometown and nation, this incredible true story of how Bruce Firestone and his young team of execs, most of them straight out of school, brought back the Senators and the NHL to Ottawa against all odds and tough US and Canadian competition… is a must-read for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the magic entrepreneurs bring to any industry. I literally couldn’t put it down.
We’re anchored in Abraham Bay in Mayaguana Bahamas waiting for a weather window. Once trade winds settle down, we’ll head for the Turks and Caicos. I made the mistake of starting to read Don’t Back Down and now I can’t stop. Damn it’s good.
I really like the mix of entrepreneurial asides mixed in with the franchise story. Bruce Firestone has a storyteller’s gift. Then, after reading for a few more hours last night, he got me so psyched, I dug out my laptop and started worked on my business plan for my next startup for a few hours. He got me wanting to ditch sailing for entrepreneurial life again.
I’ve been devouring Prof Bruce’s book ‘Don’t Back Down’ ever since I downloaded it; in fact, I recognize a lot of myself in what he writes, and I’m inspired by the story to work even harder to make my town soar.
If you really want to understand how big-league sports expansion works and why it matters, then this extraordinary chronicle by Bruce Firestone, a terrific storyteller, is for you.
I received my copy of your book, Don’t Back Down, yesterday and I couldn’t put it down. It’s been a very long time since I read a 600+ page book in one sitting!
Bruce’s books are motivating to say the least.
Bruce Firestone’s got to be the toughest Timex ever–he took a lickin’ but kept on tickin!