The Promise of Canada

The Promise of Canada

150 Years-- People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country

Book - 2016
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What does it mean to be a Canadian? What great ideas have changed our country? An award-winning writer casts her eye over 150 years of Canadian history.

"Our country owes its success not to some imagined tribal singularity but to the fact that, although its thirty-five million citizens do not look, speak or pray alike, we have learned to share this land and for the most part live in neighbourly sympathy." --Charlotte Gray, from the Preface of The Promise of Canada

On the eve of Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations comes a richly rewarding new book from acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray about what it means to be Canadian. Readers already know Gray as an award-winning biographer, a writer who has brilliantly captured significant individuals and dramatic moments in our history. Now, in The Promise of Canada , she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of the country over the past 150 years.

What do these people--from George-Étienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper--have in common? Each, according to Charlotte Gray, has left an indelible mark on our country. Deliberately avoiding a "top down" approach to our history, Gray has chosen people whose ideas have caught her imagination, ideas that over time have become part of our collective conversation. She also highlights many other Canadians, past and present, who have added to the ongoing debate over how we see ourselves, arguing that Canada has constantly reimagined itself in every generation since 1867.

Beautifully illustrated with evocative black and white images and colourful artistic visions of our country, The Promise of Canada is a fresh take on our history that offers fascinating insights into how we have matured and yet how--150 years after Confederation and beyond--we are still a people in progress. Charlotte Gray makes history come alive as she opens doors into our past, our present and our future, inspiring and challenging readers to envision the Canada they want to live in.
Publisher: Toronto : Phyllis Bruce Editions/Simon & Schuster Canada, 2016
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition
ISBN: 9781476784670
Branch Call Number: 971 GRA


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ehbooklover May 17, 2017

A thoroughly researched, well written, and ultra-fascinating book that discusses a variety of very different people who helped to shape Canada into the country it is today.

Apr 16, 2017

first of all - that's a book which propagate British understanding what it is Canada
I agree that people from British ancestry have very big influence on shaping that country, but for God's sake - looks like Canada is just British artwork, which not exactly is true

also I've found some of the stories not quite reliable - for example yes, maybe John A. Macdonald was very skillful negotiator, but also his alcoholic habits finally put him down and also he played not very brilliant role in planning CPR -so not necessary the book is putting everything in the black&white colors

I would expect the book on that topic be much more colorful, thoughtful, funny and trustworthy

Of course still there are some details, which I found interesting, however have to verify with other sources to really make sure that it is really true

Apr 13, 2017

An interesting approach to Canadian history, might be a good suggestion for english-speaking newcomers.

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