The Incredible Canadian: A Candid Portrait of Mackenzie King

Paperback | December 13, 2010

byBruce HutchisonIntroduction byVaughn Palmer

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From Canada's greatest political journalist comes the astonishing story of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. As the original edition described this award-winning book:"He appeared to the public a drab little man, round of face and body, who spoke in banalities. Behind this facade lay the skill of a political genius and a mind sharp enough to confound all his contemporaries. Radical, reformer, scholar, philosopher, historian, spiritualist, Mackenzie King was theIncredible Canadian. He grasped the reins of a leaderless party, brought it to power and then clung to the Prime Minister's office longer than any man in the history of the British Commonwealth. Few people have understood the convolutions of Mackenzie King's mind, his complexity, his contradictions,his idealism and devotion to Canada as does Bruce Hutchison. The Incredible Canadian has all the elements of thrilling fiction. It refutes for all time the notion that Canadian history is dull or includes no colourful figures. This is more than a biography of Mackenzie King. Rather it is theengrossing story of the times which created the man and how the man shaped the times to suit his purposes."The Incredible Canadian was awarded the Governor General's Award for creative nonfiction. The Wynford edition includes a new introduction by Vaughn Palmer, one of Canada's foremost political journalists and a winner of the Bruce Hutchison Award. Palmer's introduction puts both the book andHutchison's career in historical context for modern readers.

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From Canada's greatest political journalist comes the astonishing story of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. As the original edition described this award-winning book:"He appeared to the public a drab little man, round of face and body, who spoke in banalities. Behind this facade lay the skill of a political genius and a mind...

Bruce Hutchison (1901-1992) was one of Canada's foremost journalists. His career spanned most of the twentieth century, and he was the recipient of many honours, including three Governor General's Awards for his works of nonfiction. Born in Prescott, Ontario, he was taken to British Columbia as an infant and grew up in Victoria. H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:December 13, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195438906

ISBN - 13:9780195438901

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Vaughn Palmer: Introduction to the Wynford EditionForeword1. The Man and the Land2. The Rebel's Grandson3. The Apprentice Rebel4. Flood Tide and Ebb5. The Rebel in Exile6. The First Hurdle7. The Battle is Joined8. The Prairie Fire9. The New Team10. The Royal Jelly11. Calm before Storm12. The Fatal Blunder13. Low Tide14. The Great Assize15. The Brief Candle16. On the Watershed17. A Spell of Blindness18. The Valley of Humiliation19. Out of the Depths20. Lunge to the Left21. The Man of Business22. The Pugilist and the Physician23. Midsummer Madness24. Under the Shadow25. The Simple Peasant26. The Bridge Builders27. The Shadows Lengthen28. The Awakening29. Victory at Home30. The Old Actor31. The Black Springtime32. A Grand Sunday in April33. The Commander-in-Chief34. The Crisis, First Stage35. Back to Politics36. The Glory and the Dream37. The Crisis, Second Phase38. The Executioner39. The Terrible Secret40. The Colonel and the General41. The Last Fight42. The Wrong World43. The Dwindling Days44. The Heir-Apparent45. The Pilgrim's Return