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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (Oct. 28 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067006873X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670068739
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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“(Saul) has written a powerful treatise that provides a fresh way to look at Canadian history.” - The Globe and Mail

The Comeback surges across the past two thousand years of history with scholastic ease, reframing some of the current Aboriginal debates through an inspired lens. . . . Saul lives up to his reputation for breadth and originality of thought, arguing that what are typically presented as 'Aboriginal issues,' are actually political battles that matter to us all.” - National Post

"Every Canadian should read The Comeback." - The Walrus

About the Author

John Ralston Saul is Canada’s leading public intellectual. Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine, Saul has received many awards and prizes, including Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal. He is president of PEN International, an organization dedicated to freedom of expression. He has published fourteen works, which have been translated into twenty-five languages in thirty-six countries, the most recent of which is The Comeback, an examination of the remarkable return to power of Aboriginal people in Canada. Saul lives in Toronto.


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Both teachers and high school students across Canada could gain much insight and perspective re "the indigenous problem" if this book were on every school curriculum. Awareness is the first step in eliminating the injustice done to our first nations.
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This book is a great overview on the recent issues that have arisen in Indigenous politics lately. It should be required reading for anyone curious about these issues. Saul keeps things a little too surface-level for my liking, but it's a very good start for people wanting to learn more.
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In one fell swoop John Ralston Saul attempts to put Canadians right on a number of things related to aboriginal affairs in Canada. In short, his thesis, in this free-ranging book, amounts to an idealistic and somewhat vague road map for settling up with First Nations people in an effort to having them become equal and freed-up partners in Canadian society, whatever that means. The time is now to get results because the social and political tide is turning. Besides the spike in population for status and non-status alike, this new generation of aboriginal peoples has become better informed as to their options, protest being only one of the many. The critical mass has been reached with movements like Idle No More taking to the street to protest government inaction. Tactics like divide and conquer will no longer work because the world out there knows the terrible living conditions of the average member of a reserve in this country. According to him, every part of the white man's system for dealing with the problem of aboriginal title to land and resources has been an abysmal failure. An extensive federal bureaucracy has been created over the years to keep these people in check. The solutions advocated here are both radical and simplistic because they ignore present realities: a badly divided First Nation leadership; financial mismanagement within the band system; and the historical complexity of the situation. Yes, change is in the air and there is hope that aboriginal people will, eventually, be able to chart their destinies anew. While momentum and vision are essential - there is plenty of that in this study - the absence of an overall plan makes any chance of success limited.Read more ›
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I've read this author before, and this is a particularly interesting and detailed presentation of the disturbing history and relationships of our First Nations people and their oppressors: various governments of Canada and its non-aboriginal population.
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Excellent intellectual conversation about an extremely important Canadian issue
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I should be required reading for every Canadian.
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Everyone in Canada should read this book!
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