Paperback, 222 pages, 6 X 9
A DISSENTING VOICE
Essays, Addresses, Polemics, Diversions
1959 - 2015
Six decades of insights into Canadian politics, politicians, and Canada's place in the world from award-winning author and scholar Denis Smith ...
Since the days when John Diefenbaker was prime minister, Denis Smith has studied and written about the innermost workings of Canadian government as well as the men and women who make it work. Rogue Tory, his biography of John Diefenbaker, was acclaimed by Books in Canada as "finely written, thoroughly researched, superbly organized, and scrupulously fair. It rivals Donald Creighton on Sir John A. Macdonald as the best biography of a Canadian prime minister."
Now Smith celebrates his many years as an observer of -- and sometime participant in -- the Canadian political arena with this collection of essays, addresses, reviews, polemics and diversions written between 1959 and 2015. The topics range from Canada's participation in the first Gulf War to efforts to reform the institution of Parliament. Along the way, the author considers the place in history of such figures as Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, Michael Ignatieff, Jean Chretien, Stephen Harper, and many others. The result is a collection that is intriguing, thought-provoking, sometimes amusing, and always insightful.
Denis Smith is the author of nine books, including biographies of Walter Gordon and John Diefenbaker as well as an examination of Canada's role in the beginnings of the Cold War. He has taught at Trent University, the University of Toronto, and Western University, where he served as dean of social science.
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