The Incredible Canadian A Candid Portrait of Mackenzie King

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  • Copyright: 2011-01-31
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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.

Author Biography

Bruce Hutchison (1901-1992) won acclaim as Canada's pre-eminent political journalist over the course of a career spanning seven decades. His many bestselling books include three Governor General's award-winners: The Incredible Canadian, The Unknown Country, and Canada: Tomorrow's Giant.

Table of Contents

The Man and the Landp. 1
The Rebel's Grandsonp. 12
The Apprentice Rebelp. 19
Flood Tide and Ebbp. 28
The Rebel in Exilep. 34
The First Hurdlep. 46
The Battle Is Joinedp. 51
The Prairie Firep. 57
The New Teamp. 62
The Royal Jellyp. 66
Calm before Stormp. 79
The Fatal Blunderp. 89
Low Tidep. 98
The Great Assizep. 105
The Brief Candlep. 119
On the Watershedp. 139
A Spell of Blindnessp. 148
The Valley of Humiliationp. 166
Out of the Depthsp. 174
Lunge to the Leftp. 180
The Man of Businessp. 189
The Pugilist and the Physicianp. 197
Midsummer Madnessp. 202
Under the Shadowp. 213
The Simple Peasantp. 225
The Bridge Buildersp. 234
The Shadows Lengthenp. 241
The Awakeningp. 247
Victory at Homep. 261
The Old Actorp. 271
The Black Springtimep. 277
A Grand Sunday in Aprilp. 286
The Commander-in-Chiefp. 292
The Crisis, First Stagep. 301
Back to Politicsp. 320
The Glory and the Dreamp. 332
The Crisis, Second Phasep. 340
The Executionerp. 357
The Terrible Secretp. 362
The Colonel and the Generalp. 384
The Last Fightp. 399
The Wrong Worldp. 410
The Dwindling Daysp. 417
The Heir-Apparentp. 425
The Pilgrim's Returnp. 439
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