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National best seller

"Doug Smith always gets the first question in any Raptors press conference - as the dean of our press corps, he's been in the front row for every development over the past 25 years. There's no one better placed to write a history of our team's first quarter century." (Nick Nurse, head coach, Toronto Raptors)

Bringing Jurassic Park to your home, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Canada's most exciting team.

When the Toronto Raptors first took the court back in 1995, the world was a very different place. Michael Jordan was tearing up the NBA. No one had email. And a lot of people wondered whether basketball could survive in Toronto, the holy city of hockey. Twenty-five years later, the Raptors are the heroes not only of the 416, but of the entire country. That is the incredible story of We the North, told by Doug Smith, the Toronto Star reporter who has been covering the team since the press conference announcing Canada's new franchise and the team's beat reporter from that day on. 

Comprising 25 chapters to mark the team's 25 years, We the North celebrates the biggest moments of the quarter-century - from Vince Carter's amazing display at the dunk competition to the playoff runs, the major trades, the Raptors' incredible fans, including Nav Bhatia and Drake, and, of course, the challenges that marked the route to the championship-clinching Game 6 that brought the whole country to a standstill.

We the North: 25 Years of the Toronto Raptors tells the story of Canada's most exciting team, charting their rise from a sporting oddity in a hockey-mad country to the status they hold today as the reigning NBA champions and national heroes.

©2020 Doug Smith and Vince Carter (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

"Very rarely in the business of professional sports a coach and sports writer can become friends! Doug is that rare person, because of his integrity and his reputation for the truth, I didn't always agree with him. But I never thought or felt his opinions were personal. As a professional coach that's all you can ask for. Doug was that writer. I have the utmost respect for him as a writer and a man." (Sam Mitchell, former head coach, Toronto Raptors) 

"There’s no better person to write a book on the Raptors than Doug! He's seen the high and lows of the organization in every way! I look forward to reading this tremendous masterpiece!" (Damon Stoudamire, first Raptors draft pick) 

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EnRaptured!

Doug Smith has done a fantastic job retelling his stories and perspective of the signs and times of the Toronto Raptors! Perfect choice of narrators as they brought the book to life in a way only Matt Devlin and Kia Nurse could do! #WeTheNorth #MustReadRaptorFans

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It’s a great story, performed by voice of the Raptors himself, it can’t get any better

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Great look backlook back At 25 years

This is a fantastic perspective from someone who’s been there since day 1. If you’re a Raptors fan, this is a must read.

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Excellent

A great story and performance. Plenty of great info. A big fan, but now feel I know the Raptors even better.

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Solid summary of franchise to date

The ebbs and flows. He really didnt think Lenny Wilkins was that much of a coach. Has obvious soft spots for Vince Carter (who wrote forward), Dwane Casey, and DeMar DeRozan, but all beat reporters will have that. Now Doug Smith needs to write the sequel - my 25 years working the beat seeing my entire industry change and transform!