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1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal [Paperback]

Christopher Moore
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Oct. 10 1998
“In the 1860s, western alienation began at Yonge Street, and George Brown was the Preston Manning of the day.” So begins Christopher Moore’s fascinating 1990s look at the messy, dramatic, crisis-ridden process that brought Canada into being – and at the politicians, no more lovable or united than our own, who, against all odds, managed to forge a deal that worked.

From the first chapter, he turns a fresh, perceptive, and lucid eye on the people, the issues, and the political theories of Confederation – from John A. Macdonald’s canny handling of leadership to the invention of federalism and the Senate, from the Quebec question to the influence of political philosophers Edmund Burke and Walter Bagehot.

This is a book for all Canadians who love their country – and fear for it after the failure of the constitution-making of the 1990s. Here is a clear, entertaining reintroduction to the ideas and processes that forged the nation.


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“Delightful, engrossing.”
–Dalton Camp

“I wish I’d had this book in front of me in high school rather than the book I did. Because this is interesting. And it’s actually fun.”
–Michael Enright, This Morning

“An immense contribution to our literature and collective memory.”
–Gordon F. Gibson, columnist, Globe and Mail


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“Delightful, engrossing.”
–Dalton Camp

“I wish I’d had this book in front of me in high school rather than the book I did. Because this is interesting. And it’s actually fun.”
–Michael Enright, This Morning

“An immense contribution to our literature and collective memory.”
–Gordon F. Gibson, columnist, Globe and Mail

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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and interesting without dragging July 27 2000
Format:Hardcover
A fine volume that, while sometimes exploring the depths of issues, moved along at a good pace and held my attention throughout. I appreciated that Mr. Moore generally assumed the best about the characters' intentions, regardless of their politics. His profiles of the characters were interesting and gave helpful context to their actions. As well, he does an excellent job of detailing the consequences through time of several individual actions and decisions. His citations of other authors' works often took a condescending tone, but were very illustrative of his points. I very much enjoyed this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book July 9 2013
By Trent
Format:Paperback
This is a great book that details the forgotten history of the formation of Canada. It will very well written and increasing relevant. It is interesting how the political system has change over the years. I hope more Canadians will read this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and interesting without dragging July 27 2000
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A fine volume that, while sometimes exploring the depths of issues, moved along at a good pace and held my attention throughout. I appreciated that Mr. Moore generally assumed the best about the characters' intentions, regardless of their politics. His profiles of the characters were interesting and gave helpful context to their actions. As well, he does an excellent job of detailing the consequences through time of several individual actions and decisions. His citations of other authors' works often took a condescending tone, but were very illustrative of his points. I very much enjoyed this book.
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