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Canada And Other Matters Of Opinion

by Rex Murphy

Doubleday Canada | September 7, 2010 | Trade Paperback

5 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews
A cornucopia of comment from Canada's most opinionated man - a man seen, read, and listened to by millions of Canadians each week.

Canada's most distinctive commentator presents his fearless and thought-provoking views on a head-spinning range of subjects, from Dr. Johnson's greatness to Bono's gratingness, from doubts about Obama to utter belief in Don Cherry, from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's outstanding oeuvre to - well, Pamela Anderson.

The topics are as eclectic and wide ranging as the intelligence that put them together. The perspective is thoroughly Canadian, and so are many of the recurring topics and themes: of our domestic politics and our military involvements abroad, of our national identity, of human rights and human decency. You'll find assessments of the reputations of Paul Martin, Conrad Black, Adrienne Clarkson, and Tim Hortons; tough but affectionate views of Newfoundland - of course - but also from Rex Murphy's constant travels across Canada.

But all the world is here, in all its glory and folly. The hard-hitting attacks on politicians, celebrities, those who would ban smoking, and anyone who uses the expression "global warming denial" will have you cheering or tearing your hair out, depending. You will be informed, infuriated perhaps, but always fascinated.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 4.72 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385667272

ISBN - 13: 9780385667272

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Canada And Other Matters Of Opinion

Canada And Other Matters Of Opinion

by Rex Murphy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 4.72 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385667272

ISBN - 13: 9780385667272

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EMINENT CANADIANS   DON CHERRY, THE PEOPLE''S G G | May 8, 2004     I had not realized how fervently Toronto is a hockey city. The air here was electric with hope for the beloved, hapless Leafs. The dismay following their elimination from the playoffs was palpable. Lord Stanley''s cup will grace another city''s parade.   But time is a great (actually, the only) grief counsellor. So I guess it''s both safe and tactful, from my perch in this city of cruelly procrastinated dreams, to speak of Don Cherry, arbiter elegantiarum of Hockey Night in Canada , sage of Coach''s Corner and straight man for Ron MacLean. He is much in the news; there is talk that his days as the iconic resident of Coach''s Corner may be coming to an end. He is also, I gather, by some weird extension of the Canadian bilingualism statutes, under some sort of review. The Commissioner of Official Languages is offering her scrutiny to some of Mr. Cherry''s obiter dicta.   A strange thing, for a language commissioner to be analyzing the analyzer of Coach''s Corner. I''m not sure what business the nation''s bilingualism monitor has with the Plato of the playoffs. Whatever Don Cherry- or his faithful dog Blue, for that matter- may be doing, they are not unravelling the two- languages concept.   Parliament, even in its most liberated or unhinged deliberations, did not contemplate the commissioner''s office evolving into a freelance inquisition for the furious beadles of political correc
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Inclusive Me Out EMINENT CANADIANS Don Cherry: The People''s GG A Boswell''s Life Michaëlle Shines by Default The Complete Soldier CELEBRITY Let Us Excori8 Live 8 A Saint Sorely Taxed Ego Warriors There''s Something About Cassandra CARTOON CRISIS Under the Cover of Faith The Case of Salman Rushdie Is Fresh Again Coming to a Human Rights Commission Near You OBAMA RISING Power of Speech Only Words Canada Could Learn from Obama She Came to Praise Him A Dream Divided He''s Not God, But He Is America Barackwatch A Clichéd Dud BAD ENGLISH Nothing Is Sacred Silly Bitching THE EVIL THAT MEN DO Saudi Hospitality Because They Were Jews Castro''s Useful Idiots Eichmann in Tehran A Ferocious Parable LITERATURE Image of a Poet Pamela Anderson''s Outstanding Oeuvre Sanity Takes a Holiday Climb Every Mount Doom This Is the Life Doggerel of War WAR ON TERROR They Kill Because They Can Fanatical Minds Defy Logic What We Are Fighting For The Real Truth GREAT AND GOOD Power Based on Faith, Not Arms Solzhenitsyn''s Stature Out of His Tree THE PLEASURES OF SMOKING Money to Burn A Joint Is a Smoke Great News out of Vancouver REPUTATIONS The Bush Paradox From Brian''s Lips to Peter''s Microphone Adrienne Clarkson Presents Paul Martin Fights On ART Eros by Any Other Name Mediocrity and Mischief THE ENVIRONMENT A Caring Heart Al Gore, Recycled Cars Are Smokers, Too Numbers Game Despicable Mask for a Weak Argument The New Inquisition CANADIAN IDENTITY Without Hockey One Natio
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From the Publisher

A cornucopia of comment from Canada's most opinionated man - a man seen, read, and listened to by millions of Canadians each week.

Canada's most distinctive commentator presents his fearless and thought-provoking views on a head-spinning range of subjects, from Dr. Johnson's greatness to Bono's gratingness, from doubts about Obama to utter belief in Don Cherry, from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's outstanding oeuvre to - well, Pamela Anderson.

The topics are as eclectic and wide ranging as the intelligence that put them together. The perspective is thoroughly Canadian, and so are many of the recurring topics and themes: of our domestic politics and our military involvements abroad, of our national identity, of human rights and human decency. You'll find assessments of the reputations of Paul Martin, Conrad Black, Adrienne Clarkson, and Tim Hortons; tough but affectionate views of Newfoundland - of course - but also from Rex Murphy's constant travels across Canada.

But all the world is here, in all its glory and folly. The hard-hitting attacks on politicians, celebrities, those who would ban smoking, and anyone who uses the expression "global warming denial" will have you cheering or tearing your hair out, depending. You will be informed, infuriated perhaps, but always fascinated.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Rex Murphy, who needs no introduction, left his outpost home in Newfoundland to attend university at the age of fifteen. Since that time, which includes a spell at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he has been writing and talking. His skills in that area have made him one of Canada's most-watched and best-read commentators, while his speeches have earned standing ovations from coast to coast. A frequent presence on CBC television and radio, including a regular commentary spot with "Point of View," Rex writes a weekly column for The Globe and Mail.


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Editorial Reviews

"Wit, sarcasm, humour, verbal gymnastics . . . are here, together with some surprising post-scripts added with the benefit of hindsight. . . . Murphy begs - eloquently, of course - to be read."
- The London Free Press


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