Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times

August 21, 2012|
Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times by Richard J. Gwyn
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John A. Macdonald, Canada''s first and most important prime minister, is the man who made Confederation happen, who built this country over the next quarter century, and who shaped what it is today. From Confederation Day in 1867, where this volume picks up, Macdonald finessed a reluctant union of four provinces in central and eastern Canada into a strong nation, despite indifference from Britain and annexationist sentiment in the United States.
 
But it wasn''t easy. Gwyn paints a superb portrait of Canada and its leaders through these formative years and also delves deep to show us Macdonald the man, as he marries for the second time, deals with the birth of a disabled child, and the assassination of his close friend Darcy McGee, and wrestles with whether Riel should hang. Indelibly, Gwyn shows us Macdonald''s love of this country and his ability to joust with forces who would have been just as happy to see the end of Canada before it had really begun, creating a must-read for all Canadians.
RICHARD GWYN is an award-winning author and political columnist. He is widely known as a commentator for the Toronto Star on national and international affairs and as a frequent contributor to television and radio programs. His books include two highly praised biographies, Smallwood: The Unlikely Revolutionary on Newfoundland premier J...
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Title:Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:736 pages, 9 X 6.03 X 1.9 in
Shipping dimensions:736 pages, 9 X 6.03 X 1.9 in
Published:August 21, 2012
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780307356451

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