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

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Random House of Canada, Aug 21, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 728 pages
"#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER An exciting story, passionately told and rich in detail, this major biography is the second volume of the bestselling, award-winning John A- The Man Who Made Us, by well-known journalist and highly respected author Richard Gwyn. 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. The wily Macdonald faced constant crises throughout these years, from Louis Riel's two rebellions through to the Pacific Scandal that almost undid his government and his quest to find the spine of the nation- the railroad that would link east to west. 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, an
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Present at the Creation
16
Manifest Destiny versus Manifest Destiny
99
Building the Future Ruining the Present II 8
118
IO Rage and Recovery
129
I2 Bragging Rights
156
I3 Railway First Election Next
176
I4 Gristle into Bone
189
A Dream Baulked
360
The Worst of Times
383
Gods Messenger
396
The One White Than Whom There Is No Higher 4I4 28 A Defiant Doomed Gesture
434
Wickedly Maliciously and Traitorously
457
Knocking Off the Queens Bonnet
475
3I Youll Never Die
497
The Wheels of His Mind
513

I5 The Blunder
205
I6 Decline
221
Fall
244
I8 A Second Act
259
I9 Bismarcks Twin
276
The People Change Their Minds
295
2I A Considerable Man A Considerable Empire
311
Build It and They Will Come
327
The Best of Times
341
The Second Bell
534
Loyalty versus the Dollar
573
Epilogue
581
Acknowledgments
595
Notes
598
Bibliography
647
Picture Credits
705
Index
709
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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 Joey Smallwood, and The Northern Magus on Pierre Elliott Trudeau. His book, Nationalism Without Walls: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Canadian, was selected by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the 100 most important books published in Canada.The first volume of Gwyn's biography of Macdonald was published in 2007, became a national bestseller and won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The author lives in Toronto, ON.

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