Irving vs. Irving: Canada's Feuding Billionaires And The Stories They Won't Tell Hardcover – Sep 30 2014
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“Deftly recounts the tale of Canada's third-richest family.” - Jan Wong, The Chronicle-Herald
“A thorough . . . often amusing look at a province where the economy is massively reliant on a single family.” - Toronto Star
About the Author
JACQUES POITRAS has been the provincial affairs reporter for CBC News in New Brunswick since 2000. He is the author of three previous books: The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative Dilemma, Beaverbrook: A Shattered Legacy, which was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border, which was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Irving vs. Irving was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award and won the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award for 2015.
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The book is important because the irvings are such a business colossus and they really dominate 3 of Canada's provinces and even one state (Maine) in the US. The fact that they aren't big in Ontario means they are largely passed over by our national news media, which is very regrettable in view of their national importance. For example, Irving's Halifax shipyard is now working on the largest military contract in this country's history.
An important issue is really the effective functioning of democracy in their home province of New Brunswick. That this isn't a concern of the national press does not speak well for the vitality of the press in this country, though admittedly the barriers to getting information are difficult.
The author Jacques Poitras is a long experienced New Brunswick journalist of the utmost professionalism and care. His book is worth reading.
While the title “Irving vs Irving” suggests a deep expose of the break-up of this once tight clan of billionaires, we are instead treated to a rehash of old common knowledge dressed up in the guise of investigative journalism.
A good 80 per cent of the entire book regurgitates previously-published information about the Irving newspaper holdings, well covered in previous books and academic studies. While there is more than an idle-reference to family squabbles, what little has been written is sufficient for a glossy magazine article, nothing more. At times I found myself leafing through page after page after page wishing for something substantial, only to be disappointed.
The author may have set out to do more with this book and certainly he had the opportunity to do so, having not only worked as a journalist with the Irving newspapers himself, but subsequently establishing a strong reputation with the CBC in covering provincial politics. In the end, however, he fell back into the same old, same old. Irving vs Irving: Questionable journalism with a hyped headline (title) that fails to deliver.
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Gives me a greater appreciation for what the Irving's have done in and for this province.
I don't blame the Irving's for wanting to keep their affairs private. Read more
the book is interesting but i thought that with a title like that,i would learn more about the conglomerate.90% of the book describes the newspaper monopoly of the family. Read morePublished 17 months ago by heavybart
I appreciated the fact the author did not publicized rumours…he used actually interviews with varous people connected as well as documented details printed in court proceedings,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ms Canadian Consumer
Very interesting reading though a lot of time is spent on the Irving Newspapers which means Mr Poitras leaves other important areas such as the forestry with a lighter 'dusting... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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