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Book Review: This book is a compilation of the CBC-Massey lectures delivered in 2015, under the broad umbrella of the title History’s People, with sections headed Persuasion and the Art of Leadership, Hubris, Daring, Curiosity, and Observers. Margaret MacMillan (a friend of this reviewer for many years) draws effectively on several of her books to present a very varied group of historical subjects.
Book Review: My Brother’s Keeper: African Canadians and the American Civil War is an interesting collection of little-known stories about the ways African Canadians and Americans sought to build better lives for themselves prior to, during, and after the American Civil War.
Book Review: Asbestos is one of those words that struggles under the burden of negative connotations. The mineral that once proved so useful due to its fire-retardant qualities is the root cause of numerous deadly illnesses. For Canadian history buffs, the town of Asbestos, Quebec, is primarily noted for the long and brutal strike in 1949 that many cite as the starting point of the Quiet Revolution. These stories — of the town and of its namesake mineral — come together in Jessica Van Horssen’s book.
Book Review: At the heart of this book are nine personalities who, in Gray’s opinion, had an outsized impact on Canadian values and consciousness, though not all are at the top of our history who’s who.