O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition

June 25, 2015|
O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition by Norman Hillmer
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When O.D. Skelton became Prime Minister Mackenzie King''s foreign policy advisor in 1923, he was already a celebrated critic of the status quo in international and domestic affairs, a loyal Liberal Party man, and a fervent nationalist who believed Canada needed to steer a path independent of Britain. Two years later, he became the permanent head of Canada''s Department of External Affairs. Between then and his tragic death in 1941, Skelton created Canada''s professional diplomatic service, staffing it with sharp young men such as Lester B. Pearson.

Skelton''s importance in Ottawa was unparalleled, and his role in shaping Canada''s world was formative and crucial. Using research from archives across Canada and around the world, Norman Hillmer presents Skelton not only as a towering intellectual force but as deeply human - deceptively quiet, complex, and driven by an outsize ambition for himself and for his country. O.D. Skelton is the definitive biography of the most influential public servant in Canada''s history, written by one of the most prolific Canadian historians of international affairs and the editor of Skelton''s voluminous papers.

Title:O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition
Product dimensions:456 pages, 9.28 X 6.5 X 1.45 in
Shipping dimensions:456 pages, 9.28 X 6.5 X 1.45 in
Published:June 25, 2015
Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780802005342

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