Books Written By Bob Brehl

 

Bob Brehl is author of three best-selling books about three legends: media pioneer Ted Rogers; Canada’s longest-serving mayor Hazel McCallion; and sports writing titan Milt Dunnell.  Three very different people who lived fascinating lives and share common characteristics such as hard work, diligence, creativity and leadership. His latest book, Right Hand Man, is the life story of Phil Lind, a legend in the broadcasting and cable industries.  It’s sure to be a best-seller, too.  If you or someone you know has lived a “book worthy” life and need help writing it, contact us.

 

 

 


Phil Lind - Right Hand Man

This is the memoir of the man who was the strategic "Abominable No Man" to Canada's foremost entrepreneur, Ted Rogers.  As the ultimate right-hand man for 40 years, Phil Lind tells how he helped Rogers choose the best ideas and make them work.  He also tells the inside story of how Rogers made the big move into live sports, with the purchase of the Blue Jays and the start of the cable sports channel, Sportsnet.

It’s an honest and intimate read that moves beyond business and into Canadian politics, arts & culture, boarding school hijinks, philanthropy, the Klondike Gold Rush, Canada-U.S. relations, a devastating stroke and punishing but successful recovery, and a whole lot more.

As former Ontario premier David Peterson wrote Phil: "What a wonderful, sensitive intelligent and honest read of a period I know a little about.  It was riveting and I couldn’t put it down."

 

 

 


Ted Rogers Relentless

From his earliest days buying Canada’s first FM radio station, CHFI, to developing Rogers Cable, Media and Wireless, Relentless tells the true story of the man who stood alone among Canada’s all-time business giants. Relentless is the amazing story of a young man who overcame the early death of his father—which cost the family a burgeoning radio business—to establish and nurture one of the biggest communications companies in North America.

Relentless, published mere weeks before Ted Rogers’ death in late 2008, is filled with back-room deals, on-air battles and the often outrageous exploits of an extraordinary entrepreneur. The book made headlines coast to coast when it was first published, and Rogers’ passing spawned tributes in newspapers, as well as on radio, Tv and the Internet, in Canada and around the world.

He established ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS in 1967 and began operations in 3 Ontario markets. His company was the first to expand beyond 12 channels, and it began also to focus on programming for the multicultural market. Rogers became Canada's biggest cable company when it took over the much larger Canadian Cablesystems Ltd in 1979 and Premier Cablesystems in 1980. The new company was named Rogers Cablesystems Inc in 1981. Through the 1980s the company became a leader among American cable companies.

 


Hurricane Hazel - A Life With Purpose

Over her 36 years as Mississauga’s mayor, Hazel McCallion has heard all the nicknames but says her favourite is Hurricane Hazel. She fancies it so much she uses it as the title of her long-awaited memoir, Hurricane Hazel: A Life With Purpose. The 93-year-old has served 12 consecutive terms as mayor — a remarkable feat she reminds us of in almost every chapter — the book’s timely release will ensure she stays in the public eye for a while yet.

She takes a swipe at the Toronto Star, calling it “the self-appointed arbiter of all things politically correct.” But, contrarily, she also includes several Star references that praise her. Interestingly, her co-writer is former Star reporter Robert Brehl.

Throughout her ground-breaking career in business and politics, Hurricane Hazel McCallion has seen it all. In 1978, she defeated a popular incumbent to win election as mayor of Mississauga, a rising city near Toronto that was, until then, a collection of towns, villages and farms. No one would have foreseen that the indomitable Hurricane Hazel would become so wildly popular she would remain mayor until 2014, retiring at age 93.

 

 


The Best Of Milt Dunnell

Milt Dunnell is the undisputed dean of Canadian sportswriters. Since his first column appeared on 31 October 1949 in The Toronto Star, Milt has been delighting readers with his wit and insight. The book is abundantly illustrated with black and white photos throughout the book.

Born in St. Marys, Ontario, Dunnell entered journalism with the Stratford Beacon Herald in the 1920s, later becoming the sports editor. He joined the Star as a sportswriter in 1942, becoming sports editor in 1949. He wrote on almost all sports during his career, which lasted more than fifty years, although his productivity declined somewhat in later years. In the 1990s, he was still writing three columns per week until the age of 94.

Amongst other events, Dunnell covered the Olympic Games from 1952 through 1968, Stanley and Grey Cup events, and the Kentucky Derby. He also wrote extensively on baseball for the Toronto Star, even well before the city received a Major League team in 1977. Dunnell died on January 3, 2008 at the age of 102.