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5.0 out of 5 starsMcNall is a GOOD MAN that deserves better and tells the truth of what caught up with him under good intentions. Great read!
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2016
Very entertaining read here for old Kings fans of the Gretzky era. McNall sadly had some things catch up with him all along having good intentions for all he knew. Really sort of sad story but a good read for those thinking of taking on debt also. Bruce McNall trated me well as a fan. He did a special thing for me that I will never forget and be in debt to him. During the 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs being a season seat holder, If I had wanted to attend the playoff games I would have to had bought the entire 4 rounds as a package. At the time I could not afford it. I handed him a small hand written note explaining how much a fan I was and that I just wanted to attend the Stanley Cup Final Home games. Which that season I'm sure he was saying to himself, "I doubt the Kings will even make it to the Final". Well, a few days after I handed him that note, he had the Kings sales guy sell me the tickets to the Stanley Cup Final home games. The salesman was not happy but Mr. McNall came through for me as a fan, and that was the first year the Kings made it for the first time in franchise history to the Stanley Cup Finals. Anyways, I always wished I could have said thank you to Mr. McNall but never got the chance. Sadly the Kings didn't win the Cup then, but it was still great I was there thanks to Mr. McNall who if people that read this book will realize that he IS a stand up guy. He paid his dues and this book is an insight into the world of fame and fortunes but always sadly being a step back. It was a great read for a GOOD MAN that should have gotten still to this day much more fame than what happened to him. If it wasn't for Bruce McNall, there would be no Anaheim Ducks, no Tampa Bay Lightning, no Florida Panthers and no Staples Center to this very day. It was basically all his doing regardless how he got it done. The LA Kings organization should be ashamed for not giving him more credit and recognition for what he accomplished. Imo, The Kings wouldn't even have the 2 Stanley Cups today had it not been for him bringing Gretzky to LA and fans and making hockey a big thing in Los Angeles. He is a GOOD MAN that deserves much better and tells it all in this great read. I wish Mr. McNall the best and hope to someday have him sign my book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2013
Great tale of a very Romantic life. My hats off to McNall!!
Coins, Art, Auctions, Smuggling, Deals, Handshakes, Race Horses, Billionaires, Commodity Trading, Movie Producers, Beverly Hills, Investments, Sports, The FBI, and a hardworking guy who made it big, paid a big price, and never lost his sense of humor.
I really liked this read. This guy did more by age 30 then most men could even dream about in a lifetime.
The author, Bruce McNall, was no doubt a flawed individual who got swept up in some schemes that would ultimately send him to prison; yet he had a great deal of charisma which oozes through the pages of his book.
This is a guy who certainly knew how to get people to buy into whatever it was he was "selling" at the time, and his perspective on his wild ride into the craziness of big business, professional sports, and of course, Tinsletown, make for an extraordinary read.
Although his antics were a bit devious at times, McNall provided a fascinating look into the events that shaped his destiny, and really gives anyone a lesson into how fleeting fame and fortune can be when mixed with the volatile world of money, power and influence.
That's a dangerous combination and should be handled with extreme care. McNall handled it with great abandon, but his honesty in revealing his flawed approach to certain aspects of life made for quite a compelling narrative.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe most interesting parts pre-date his arrest
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2004
Bruce McNall is a man who gained and lost a substantial fortune. How could a book detailing his experience not be entertaining? His memoir is at its most interesting as he is ascending from humble beginings to a place of wealth and affluence. It's a familiar story, but McNall's tale has a freshness to it. Somehow a coin dealer's evolution into a sports mogule is novel. Oddly, the book loses momentum when the author is shuffled off to jail. I doubt anyone picked up Bruce McNall's biography to catch a glimpse inside prison life, but his descripion of it is painstaking. Still, the man is a likable figure, and his story is an enjoyable one.
I read it over a weekend, barely putting down my Kindle. I collect ancient coins and had heard of Numismatic Fine Arts and vaguely of the Hunt brothers and their fabulous collection, so it was interesting to read the background to McNall's rise and fall.