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Irving vs. Irving: Canada's Feuding Billionaires And The Stories They Won't Tell Hardcover – Sep 30 2014

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (Sept. 30 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670067717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670067718
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I agree with the author that the lack of transparency with the Irving family related to their public activities (they deserve relative privacy in their family affairs) has an overall negative impact on NB and it's many facets as a modern society. A great read for any NBer. Thanks for enlightening the past and future of our province as it is so heavily influenced by this families business and political activities. Well done. Not quite nail biting but an excellent work.
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Well written throughout - terrific anecdotes, great overview of a powerful Canadian family and its mercurial, and often conflict-of-interest ridden relationship to its newspapers.
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The book is well written and importantly informative. The weakness is the general secrecy that still surrounds the affairs of this very private family none of whose vast business empire is publicly traded. And the problem is further compounded by the family's opaque dealings with governments, which in Canada maintain a degree of secrecy well beyond what prevails in the United States. Necessarily much of what the author talks about is the family as reflected in goings on of its most visible of all its business operations: its newspapers. Still, this does reveal very significant insights into family business affairs and differences. Former employees are the most valuable sources.

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.
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There is perhaps nothing more anticipated in eastern Canada, especially in New Brunswick and in particular in Saint John, than a new book about the Irving family. This latest is sure to disappoint.

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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I worked in the Irving newspaper group at a point in history when Jamie Irving was just getting involved in the family business - his track record, as well as the evolution of the newspaper industry, wasn't where it is today. That said, it was great to read the book and gain an inside view of where things have gone since late 1999.
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great book. Had read the biography of KC Irving and this is the newest chapter in the Irving Dynasty and how things have changed over the years. Very informative and great book.
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Interesting for a NB'er, as a teacher I used film that K.C. Irving allowed to be made as an information tool for our youth. The students had no idea of the scope of the Irving Empire. Well written and informative!! Quite the monopoly they have in the Province and elsewhere, however I personally think he should have contributed tax dollars like the rest of us rather than leave the country to save it, they offset that by creating jobs for people, however all to their benefit needless to say!!
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