A Perfect Gentleman: The Sir Wilson Whineray Story
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Used Good, DJ has rubbing/wear & edge wear, some shelf wear, spine slightly slanted
Hardcover (with dust jacket)
Dimensions - 158 x 235 x 30mm
Publication Date: 2010
A Perfect Gentleman: The Sir Wilson Whineray Story by Bob Howitt
Few New Zealanders have achieved the iconic status of Sir Wilson Whineray, who has been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame, the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.
When people speak of the great leaders New Zealand has produced, Sir Wilson's name is always one of the first mentioned. His achievements in rugby and business are breathtaking.
This book is long overdue: Sir Wilson, ever humble and diplomatic, has declined countless offers over several decades from publishers and writers to tell his remarkable story. His adventures and achievements are now delightfully presented in a work that abounds in entertaining anecdotes.
A Perfect Gentleman is the account of a likeable lad, from a humble family in Auckland, who demonstrated independence and determination by leaving home at 16 to become an agricultural cadet.
A rugby player of exceptional talent, Wilson Whineray became arguably the All Blacks' greatest captain and certainly its greatest ambassador, wowing the Brits with his oratory, and receiving a standing ovation from the crowd at Cardiff Arms Park as they sang "For He's a Jolly Fellow" at the conclusion of the Barbarians game in 1964.
With glittering credentials as a rugby player behind him, he later committed himself 100 per cent to his business career. The MBA he achieved at Harvard University had companies eager to acquire his services. He chose Alex Harvey industries and went on to become an icon in the New Zealand business world.
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