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Number One National Best Seller

The gruffest man in hockey opens up about the challenges, the feuds, and the tragedies he's fought through.

Brian Burke is one of the biggest hockey personalities - no, personalities full-stop - in the hockey media landscape. His brashness makes him a magnet for attention, and he does nothing to shy away from it. Most famous for advocating "pugnacity, truculence, testosterone, and belligerence" during his tenure at the helm of the Maple Leafs, Burke has lived and breathed hockey his whole life. He has been a player, an agent, a league executive, a scout, a Stanley Cup-winning GM, an Olympic GM, and a media analyst. He has worked with Pat Quinn, Gary Bettman, and an array of future Hall of Fame players. No one knows the game better, and no one commands more attention when they open up about it. 

But there is more to Brian Burke than hockey. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and an accomplished businessman with hard-earned lessons that come from highly scrutinized decisions made at the helm of multimillion-dollar companies. And despite his brusque persona on camera and in the boardroom, he is nevertheless a father with a story to tell. He lost his youngest son in a car accident and has had to grapple with that grief, even in the glare of the spotlight. Many Canadians and hockey fans knew Brendan Burke's name already, because his father had become one of the country's most outspoken gay-rights advocates when Brendan came out in 2009.

From someone whose grandmother told him never to start a fight but never to run from one either, Burke's Law is an unforgettable account of old beefs and old friendships, scores settled and differences forgiven, and many lessons learned the hard way. 

©2020 Brian Burke (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

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I couldn’t put it down

If you enjoyed Brian Burke’s press conferences, you’ll love this. He’s inspired me to be more upfront with people and stand up if something isn’t right.

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Full of truculence, and then some.

Full of surprises but, most of all, truth. A great listen. Highly recommended for any fan of the sport.

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Great Story

Brian told nice story. Bottom line, hard worker and no BS. Cares about his Family first and not what others think.

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Thoroughly enjoyed it 👌

In a world where spared feelings are not on the menu, Brian Burke is a likeable asshole

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He’s a grumpy fuck!

I’m a season ticket holder with the Flames. I’ve attended several ticket holder functions and listened to Burkey multiple times. He’s the real thing and I was sad to have him leave the organization if only for the entertaining talks and interviews he gave. I’m glad he’s with the media now so we can all enjoy his take on the game!! This book is excellent especially as it was read by himself!

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A Very Good Book

For anyone who follows the NHL this is a most informative book and Burke does a great job of telling ‘his’ story by relating the many things he’s faced through his very diverse roles in the league. I was sorry when it was over.

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Solid look under the hood of the bombastic Burke

I really like Burke’s approach to story telling. He’s blunt and doesn’t hide his point of view. I gave it 4 stars, because he was quick to attack people he disagreed with while doubling down on his failures (95 lockout, poor handling of suspensions, etc). He’s a bit too quick to toot his own horn. That being said, he’s had a remarkable career which was well documented.

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2020 just got so much better

What a career... Just wow! I'm so inspired all of a sudden. Exactly what I needed.

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Everything I expected, but a little more

it was all the stories you have heard Burke tell, but with full detail. His values do shine through and make me think of what I want to do with my time here on earth a little more.

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Beauty

It's a keeper; the bonus is that this is in Burke's voice too. Keeper quotes and lessons.

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