Rise to Greatness

Rise to Greatness

The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present

Book - 2014
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Masterful, ambitious, and groundbreaking, this is a major new history of our country by one of our most respected thinkers and historians -- a book every Canadian should own. From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes the definitive history of Canada -- a revealing, groundbreaking account of the people and events that shaped a nation. Spanning 874 to 2014, and beginning from Canada's first inhabitants and the early explorers, this masterful history challenges our perception of our history and Canada's role in the world. From Champlain to Carleton, Baldwin and Lafontaine, to MacDonald, Laurier, and King, Canada's role in peace and war, to Quebec's quest for autonomy, Black takes on sweeping themes and vividly recounts the story of Canada's development from colony to dominion to country. Black persuasively reveals that while many would argue that Canada was perhaps never predestined for greatness, the opposite is in fact true: the emergence of a magnificent country, against all odds, was a remarkable achievement. Brilliantly conceived, this major new reexamination of our country's history is a riveting tour de force by one of the best writers writing today.
Publisher: [Toronto] : McClelland & Stewart, [2014]
ISBN: 9780771013546
077101354X
Characteristics: xiii, 1106 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Oct 04, 2017

brutal writing style, but liked the gossipy bits

superglu2 Jul 27, 2015

Not exactly unbiased, and written with Black's typical long, convoluted sentences and obscure terms. If you can live with these flaws, it is an interesting and entertaining book. The end flags a bit due to the seemingly endless list of what % of the vote each party got that Black delights in providing.

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