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3.0 out of 5 stars
engaging but rather unbalanced, Oct. 6 2010
It would be difficult to adhere to the highest standard of historiography while covering such a long span of time and write engagingly and get a clear story of the larger connections across. Still, the author manages the latter two (engagement and story) only by sacrificing the semblance of a balanced account.
If you are interested in a cloak & dagger version of the exploits of Canadian politicians and generals, and do not take the subject matter of the personal lives of so many peoples too seriously, then this book is for you... at some point, however, it will become too obvious that the voices of 98% of the people whose lives get chronicled in passing (poor people, women, eastern and southern Europeans, religious minorities, to say nothing of first nation and Metis people) are either outright missing or treated in a very superficial manner. While a lot can be gleaned about the outlines of (inside) history of Canada's powerful, this book needs to be supplemented by historical works which at least attempt to do justice to other perspectives.
At the end of the day, this book provides more answers than questions - a very mixed blessing for those who want to learn from the historical record...