The Incredible Canadian
A Candid Portrait of Mackenzie KingBook - 2011
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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, 
Copyright Date: ©2011
Characteristics: x, 454 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Candid portrait of Mackenzie King