by Allan Levine


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Mackenzie King was a brilliant tactician, was passionately committed to Canadian unity, and was a protector of the underdog, introducing such cornerstones of Canada’s social safety net as unemployment insurance, family allowances and old-age pensions. At the same time, he was insecure, craved flattery, became upset at minor criticism, and was prone to fantasy—especially about the Tory conspiracy against him.

The book comes at a time when the Canadian people have resoundingly rebuffed the Liberal party under Michael Ignatieff; while the party's future remains uncertain, this definitive biography sheds light on its history under its greatest leader.

This first major biography of Mackenzie King in 30 years mines the pages of his remarkable diary, at 30,000 pages one of the most significant and revealing political documents in Canada’s history and a guide to the deep and often moving inner conflicts that haunted Mackenzie King. With animated prose and a subtle wit, Allan Levine draws a multidimensional portrait of this most compelling of politicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771000680
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Allan Levine is an award-winning author and historian who has written ten books. A diverse author who moves easily between popular non-fiction and fiction, he has written four historical mysteries. His first mystery, The Blood Libel, won the Margaret McWilliams Medal for Best Historical Fiction and was nominated for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Arthur Ellis First Mystery Novel Award. He lives in Winnipeg.

Table of Contents

Introduction: By the Hand of Destiny 1

1 His Mantle Has Fallen on Me 23

2 The Peacemaker 55

3 Industrial Prophet 82

4 A Not Unacceptable Party Leader in 111

5 Vindication and Victory 139

6 A Place in History 166

7 Scandal and Resurrection 201

8 A Romantic Among the Spirits 229

9 A United Canada Cry 260

10 A Man on a Tightrope 293

11 Conscription if Necessary 327

12 The Sense of Triumph 358

13 With the Loved Ones at Last 392

Conclusion: Canada's Greatest Prime Minister 404

Acknowledgements 410

Timeline 412

Notes 416

Bibliography 489

Index 499

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