Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country by Diane FrancisMerger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country by Diane Francis

Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country

byDiane Francis

Hardcover | October 1, 2013

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No two nations in the world are as integrated, economically and socially, as are the United States and Canada. We share geography, values and the largest unprotected border in the world. Regardless of this close friendship, our two countries are on a slow-motion collision course-with each other and with the rest of the world. While we wrestle with internal political gridlock and fiscal challenges and clash over border problems, the economies of the larger world change and flourish. Emerging economies sailed through the financial meltdown of 2008. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that by 2018, China's economy will be bigger than that of the United States; when combined with India, Japan and the four Asian Tigers-South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong-China's economy will be bigger than that of the G8 (minus Japan).

Rather than continuing on this road to mutual decline, our two nations should chart a new course. Bestselling author Diane Francis proposes a simple and obvious solution: What if the United States and Canada merged into one country? The most audacious initiative since the Louisiana Purchase would solve the biggest problems each country expects to face: the U.S.'s national security threats and declining living standards; and Canada's difficulty controlling and developing its huge landmass, stemming from a lack of capital, workers, technology and military might. Merger of the Century builds both a strong political argument and a compelling business case, treating our two countries not only as sovereign entities but as merging companies. We stand on the cusp of a new world order. Together, by marshaling resources and combining efforts, Canada and America have a greater chance of succeeding. As separate nations, the future is in much greater doubt indeed.

Diane Francis is an American-Canadian award-winning columnist, bestselling author, journalist, broadcaster and entrepreneur. She is the Editor-at-Large at the National Post, a blogger with Huffington Post and a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management. She is an expert on geopolitics, business and...
Title:Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One CountryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pagesPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554688752

ISBN - 13:9781554688753


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Keep an open mind An academic read that seems to avoid the trappings of much scholarly literature, and manages to capture your attention due to its stunning claims. Unfortunately, the author made some very simplistic arguments and got too partisan/political at times. However, I would recommend reading this book because it's thesis is intriguing,thought provoking, and more than anything, true.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A frightening proposal that logically and convincingly expressed. Diane Francis's experience in journalism and writing makes this book a compelling and worthwhile read. There are many wonderful ideas, suggestions, scenarios and trends being proposed. However, the fact remains that I still don't share some of her conclusions or political ideologies. Nevertheless, she posits a few warnings that we shouldn't ignore. A wonderful book, despite its analysis of some very frightening prospects for Canada's future!
Date published: 2014-03-24