JOHN A.: THE MAN WHO MADE US: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
JOHN A. MACDONALD, VOLUME ONE: 1815 – 1867
Written by Richard Gwynn
Published by Random House Canada
IN A LIVELY BUT THOROUGH biography of John A. Macdonald up to the day of Confederation in 1867, Richard Gwyn brings to life the young Scottish-born lawyer who found himself unexpectedly entering politics in Kingston in 1844. Gwyn writes from a twenty-first century perspective while painting for his readers a vivid image of nineteenth century Canada: its society, customs, characters and politics. Gwyn helps us understand Macdonald’s genius and vision, which would shape the nation that grew to the north of the United States.
Richard Gwyn is an award-winning author and political columnist, well known to readers of the Toronto Star and to TV and radio audiences. He
is the author of two highly-praised bio-
graphies, The Unlikely Revolutionary on Newfoundland premier Joey Smallwood and The Northern Magus on Pierre Elliott Trudeau. His most recent book, Nationalism Without Walls, was selected by the Literary Review of Canada as one of Canada’s one hundred most important books.