I learned some interesting facts about Canada that I didn't in social studies class; like the specific harassment of the US on our sovereignty, or, how the Maritimes wanted to join the US rather than upper Canada, why the Senate was created and more. Quite comprehensive on Sir John's life. Makes me proud to be Canadian and appreciate the bonds that created our country.
Excellent biography of John A, father of confederation. Gwyn doesn't spare details sometimes too many. Overall this is an axcellent historical read.
I found this book to be a spectacular exploration of the first half of John A.'s life. Like another commenter said, it is not comprehensive, but I view this as a positive. The book is an excellent read that highlights the important parts, and importance, of the country's first Prime Minister.
Definitive, this book is not - it's a small work compared to Creighton's The Young Politician. The few tidbits of original work would have been better presented in a couple of papers in a historical journal than as a full length book. Gwyn realizes this, describing Creighton's work as "the two greatest achievements in Canadian historiography". So why, other than personal glorification, did he write it?
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