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The Rocket: A Cultural History of Maurice Richard

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In his 18 years with the Montreal 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 Benoit Melancon 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. Melancon 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. Hide synopsis

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