The Idea Of Canada: Letters To A Nation by David JohnstonThe Idea Of Canada: Letters To A Nation by David Johnston

The Idea Of Canada: Letters To A Nation

byDavid Johnston

Hardcover | April 19, 2016

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From our present Governor General, a series of 50 (of several thousand) carefully chosen letters he has written to people he has admired and befriended over his seventy-plus years, that sets out Mr. Johnston's frank, informed, and novel thoughts about Canada.

Touching on a wide range of topics ranging from learning, the law, kindness and courage, to the monarchy, Aboriginal education, justice, bilingualism, mental health and hockey, David Johnston has always used the letter writing form to tackle the passions, challenges, and goals of his incredibly accomplished and varied life. From his earliest years at Harvard, he has written several letters each day, starting with those to his large family, and broadening out to an ever-widening circle of friends that includes ministers and monarchs, educators and entrepreneurs, and many extraordinary Canadians who have deepened his perspective and touched his heart. The letters included in this beautiful volume are all about Canada -- a project to help him understand and share his views on this great country, past, present and future.
     Presented in three parts -- What Shapes Me, What Consumes Me, and What Comforts Me -- His Excellency reaches out to everyone from his grandchildren, Kevin Vickers, Clara Hughes, Chris Hadfield, the Aga Khan, Tina Fontaine, Mike Lazaridis, the teachers of our country, a grade five class in Winnipeg, an Inuit boy he met at the Terry Fox run in Repulse Bay, and many others. The perfect gift for graduates, this unique and lovely book should find its home in every Canadian's library.

Sworn in on October 1, 2010, His Excellency the Right Honourable DAVID JOHNSTON is the 28th governor general since Confederation. He holds an LL.B. from Queen's University (1966); an LL.B. from the University of Cambridge (1965); and an AB from Harvard University (1963). While at Harvard, he was twice selected for the All-American hock...
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Title:The Idea Of Canada: Letters To A NationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.54 × 5.95 × 1.15 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771050771

ISBN - 13:9780771050770

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspirational From one of Canada's most beloved governor general's, this book is such a timely look at all that Canada is, all that Canada was, and all that Canada will be, through the eyes of David Johnston. His daily letters have culminated in this wonderful read, letters he wrote to everyday Canadians and letters to those doing extraordinary things.
Date published: 2016-12-05