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Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada From the Fenians to Fortress America Paperback – Jul 6 2012

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (July 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080207801X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802078018
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘An excellent history… Deeply scholarly yet refreshing unacademic in its tone and temper, the text bridges with considerable skill the requirements of rigorous, measured analysis of a wide variety of sources that is inherent in good history… The book deserves to be widely read.’

(Jez Littlewood Literary Review of Canada vol 21:04:2013)

‘Secret Service provides an excellent overview of how Canada’s security service engaged in the political policing of its citizens over the course of Canadian History… It serves as one of the most complete studies ever produced on the topic.’ (Dennis Molinaro Canadian Historical Review, vol 94:01:2013)

‘This is a must read for anyone interested in intelligence in Canada… It is also a very important study for those interested in how the boundaries of race, class, gender, and difference were coercively enforced by a secret state within the state.’ (Jeremy Buddenhagen BC Studies number 182: summer 2014)

‘This book, rich in both detail and analysis, is the definitive source on political policing in Canada. It should be of interest to all those interested in Canadian history as well as to specialists in the history of policing and intelligence.’ (Kent Roach Law and History Review, May 2014)

‘Secret Service provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Canada’s capabilities and objectives in political policing… The information is presented in a refreshingly jargon-free manner.’

(Curtis Robinson Canadian Military History vol 24:02:2015)


‘This premier, authoritative guide to Canadian security intelligence from the 1860s to 2010 attains a rare degree of excellence in scholarship. Representing the fruit of decades of research, Secret Service brings a wealth of material together for the first time and demonstrates the authors' impressive collective grasp of the history of Canadian security intelligence. Among this book's undoubted highlights are the best-ever treatments to appear of the Air India disaster, the RCMP's role in the Quebec crisis, and the Mackenzie and McDonald Commissions; as well as its analysis Canadian security practices after 9/11. Secret Service will stand as a reference source of inestimable value for years to come.’ (Wesley Wark, Department of History, University of Toronto)

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