The Call of the World: A Political Memoir

Category: Book
By (author): Graham, Bill
Series: The C.d. Howe Series In Canadian Political History
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political
  HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Canadian
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: UBC Press
Published: April 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 456
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.50in
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From The Publisher*

Bill Graham- Canada's minister of foreign affairs and minister of defense during the tumultuous years following 9/11- takes us on a personal journey from his Vancouver childhood to important, behind-the-scenes moments in recent global history. With candour and wit, he recounts meetings with world leaders, contextualizes important geopolitical relationships, and offers acute observations on backstage politics. He explains Canada's decision not to participate in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and makes a passionate case for why international law offers the best hope for a safer, more prosperous, and just world.

From The Publisher*In this fiercely intelligent memoir, Bill Graham- Canada's minister of foreign affairs and minister of defense during the tumultuous years following 9/11- takes us on a personal journey through a period of upheaval in global and domestic politics, arguing that global institutions based on international law offer the best hope for a safer, more prosperous, and just world.
From The Publisher*

In this fiercely intelligent memoir, Bill Graham takes us on an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes tour of defining moments in recent history. With candour and wit, Graham recounts his years as an international lawyer in Paris, as a backbencher in Ottawa, and as Canada's foreign minister and defence minister during the Chrétien-Martin years. He elegantly contextualizes important geopolitical relationships, offers acute observations on backstage international politics, and reveals the human side of global affairs through his deft portraits of world leaders.

A passionate promoter of bilingualism and an early advocate for gay and lesbian rights, Graham is perhaps best known for his role in keeping Canada out of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Many of the issues tackled in The Call of the World remain as immediate as today's headlines and Graham draws on them to argue that international law offers the best hope for a safer, more prosperous, and just world.

From The Publisher*

The Call of the World takes us on an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes tour of defining moments in recent global history. Bill Graham- Canada's minister of foreign affairs and then its minister of defence in the tumultuous years following 9/11- is an insightful and wryly humorous guide, steering readers through an astonishing array of national and international events, explaining important geopolitical relationships, and revealing the human side of global affairs through his deft portraits of world leaders.

An engaging storyteller, Graham offers personal reflections as well as a riveting account of his years in office. He recalls his fortunate childhood in Vancouver and reflects on his time working as an international lawyer in Paris, as a backbencher in Ottawa, and as a cabinet minister during the Chrétien-Martin years. While his political career took him around the world, he remained a devoted champion of his constituents in his riding of Toronto Centre.

During his time as a member of Parliament, Graham was a passionate promoter of bilingualism and an early advocate for gay and lesbian rights. He is perhaps best known, though, for his role in keeping Canada out of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, for his work in rebuilding the Canadian Armed Forces, and for stepping up as interim leader of the Liberal Party following Paul Martin's resignation.

Many of the issues tackled in The Call of the World remain as immediate as today's headlines. Graham demystifies globalization, free trade, human rights, peacekeeping, and multilateralism. All the while, he offers a bold appraisal of Canada's current role on the global stage and makes a case for why international law offers the best hope for a safer, more prosperous, and just world.

Biographical Note

Bill Graham served as Canada's minister of foreign affairs (2002–04), minister of national defence (2004–06), leader of the Official Opposition (2006), and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (2006). He is currently the chancellor of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, Canada.