Big Men Fear Me

Category: Book
By (author): Bourrie, Mark
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: October 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.95in
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From The Publisher*

The remarkable true story of the rise and fall of one of North America's most influential media moguls.

When George McCullagh bought The Globe and The Mail and Empire at the height of the Great Depression to create the prestigious Globe and Mail, the charismatic 31-year-old high school dropout had already made millions on the stock market. The Crash of 1929 could not stop the meteoric rise of a man widely expected to one day become Canada's prime minister. But the self-made McCullagh had a dark side. His glamorous lifestyle, dazzling friends, and ruthless use of political power were dogged by bipolar disorder. It destroyed his political ambitions and eventually killed him. The man who shook up Canada's media, owned politicians, and came so very close to national political power was all but written out of our history: you've probably never heard of him because there was a successful campaign to erase him from public memory. The company that bought the Globe and Mail tried to hide the shame of McCullagh's suicide by removing his name from the paper's masthead and effectively disowning him. His wife burned his papers, making it difficult to write his biography. Robert Fulford has called McCullagh's life story "one of the great unwritten books in Canadian history"-until now. In Big Men Fear Me, award-winning journalist and historian Mark Bourrie bird-dogs the surviving fragments of McCullagh's life to tell the remarkable story of McCullagh's audacious, inspirational rise and his devastating fall.

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Praise for Big Men Fear Me

"Nineteen years in the making, Big Men Fear Me shows us what we come from: a Canada run by drunks, mystics, dreamers, gold miners and gold diggers, the horse crazy and the power mad. It's a great story, well told."-Elaine Dewar, author of The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada's Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational

"What a character! Bourrie's deeply-researched biography of George McCullagh is both a gripping encounter with a powerful yet unstable press baron and also a fascinating account of early twentieth century Ontario. Written with wit and passion, Big Men Fear Me brings back to life a man who tried to upend Canadian democracy, yet has been almost erased from our history."-Charlotte Gray, author of Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise

Praise for Bush Runner

"Mark Bourrie beautifully describes Radisson as the ‘Forrest Gump of his time' … well-written … compelling."
-Washington Times

"A dark adventure story that sweeps the reader through a world filled with surprises. The book is compelling, authoritative, not a little disturbing-and a significant contribution to the history of 17th-century North America."
-Ken McGoogan, Globe and Mail

"A remarkable biography of an even more remarkable 17th-century individual … Beautifully written and endlessly thought-provoking."

"Highly entertaining reading … fascinating … an engaging achievement."
-Winnipeg Free Press

"Bourrie's writing is grounded in a strong sense of place, partly because of his own extensive knowledge of the land and partly because of Radisson's descriptive storytelling abilities … a valuable and rare glimpse into 17th-century North America."
-Canadian Geographic

Biographical Note

Mark Bourrie is an Ottawa-based author, lawyer, and former journalist. He holds a master's in Journalism from Carleton University and a PhD in History from the University of Ottawa. In 2017, he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree and was called to the Bar in 2018. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, including a National Magazine Award, and received the RBC Charles Taylor Prize in 2020 for his book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre Radisson.