The Promise of Canada: People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country

Category: Book
By (author): Gray, Charlotte
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / Social History
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in
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From The Publisher*What does it mean to be a Canadian? What great ideas have changed our country? An award-winning writer casts her eye over our nation's history, highlighting some of our most important stories.

From the acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray comes a richly rewarding book 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 our country.

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 Canada. Deliberately avoiding a top-down approach to history, Gray has chosen Canadians-some well-known, others less so-whose ideas, she argues, have become part of our collective conversation about who we are as a people. She also highlights many other Canadians from all walks of life who have added to the ongoing debate, showing how our country has reinvented itself in every generation since Confederation, while at the same time holding to certain central beliefs.

Beautifully illustrated with evocative black-and-white historical images and colorful artistic visions, and written in an engaging style, The Promise of Canada is a fresh, thoughtful, and inspiring view of our historical journey. Opening doors into our past, present, and future with this masterful work, Charlotte Gray makes Canada's history come alive and challenges us to envision the country we want to live in.
Review Quote*"Painstakingly researched and thoroughly engaging, The Promise of Canada is a pleasurable read, and, what's more, it's edifying."
Review Quote*"A true feat and it manages to highlight some of our most important stories. Some readers might feel that Gray left out a cause, symbol, or person (for example, there's nothing on hockey here) but she does a good job of packing in as much in as possible."
Review Quote*"A beautiful, slightly different and very successful way of looking at things - by looking at the people, places and stories she feels helped bring us together."
Review Quote*"This book is a masterpiece. It tells us more about ourselves and our country than any comparable work I know of, accomplishing this by style and wit and unconstrained intelligence all made credible by abundant detail. [...] This is an inexhaustibly interesting book about an inexhaustibly interesting country."
Review Quote*"Once again, Charlotte Gray helps us better understand who we are as an evolving nation-a country for all that will thrive well beyond the next 150 years."
Review Quote*"Charlotte Gray writes of Canada with an immigrant's passion and an insider's knowledge. With her lively profiles, provocative ideas, and unabashed love of country, The Promise of Canada is a promise kept."
Review Quote*"Amazing! In weaving her own fascinating story throughout deft and telling profiles of critical Canadians over the past 150 years, Charlotte Gray has succeeded in giving us a remarkable "biography" of her adopted country. She now joins the likes of Pierre Berton, Peter C. Newman and Bruce Hutchison as guardians of the national mirror. A marvelous read."
Review Quote*"If I had to get Canada a gift for its 150th birthday, this book would be at the top of my list. With the richly told stories of these extraordinary Canadians-men and women from all walks of life-Charlotte Gray tells us what's extraordinary about Canada itself. It's a promise that we can see fulfilled around us every day."
Review Quote*"I've had a literary crush on Charlotte Gray for years. She's smart, funny, insightful. . . . This fascinating collection of biograpy as history takes us from West Coast art to strong-jawed Mounties, from Margaret Atwood to Preston Manning, with equal aplomb. Wonderful!"