Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation

Bennett The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation None

  • Title: Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation
  • Author: John Boyko
  • ISBN: 9781554702480
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Quite fascinating! As a history teacher I have realized how much detail is left out of the Canadian History program in the high schools. I was enthralled with this oft maligned Prime Minister. My mother grew up in Alberta and heard him abused by the adults in her home, frequently. I was struck most by his vision of the future for the country and amazed at how all of his ideas were implemented or improved on by future Prime Ministers. Mackenzie King seems to have ridden on his coattails with a gr [...]

    2. Fascinating look at one of Canada's most unfairly vilified Prime Ministers. It seems he was judged not on what he did, but on what his critics claimed he did. It was amazing to learn that the Conservatives lost the 1935 election mainly because they were one of many parties competing for the a split vote -- on the left. Interesting look at leading a principled life in politics - and the price paid for that.

    3. This was a very interesting read about a prime minister most know very little about, and what we do know is a most likely a stereotype. Boyko paints a picture of an inherently honest and brilliant man, wealthy yes, but extremely generous with his wealth. Many institutions which we as Canadians take for granted were either put in place by Bennett, or first proposed by Bennett to be implemented by others a generation later. Boyko goes against the stereotype of a leader who was beholden to big busi [...]

    4. A new biography of a relatively controversial and hated Canadian Prime Minister. Boyko wants to, and for the most part succeeds, make the argument that Bennett is the most mis-understood Prime Minister in Canadian History. He argues that Bennett was a Red Tory with a firm belief in the power of the state, a friend of the working man as well as an exceptionally successful capitalist. Boyko makes a good case that has to be consideredough his language is sometimes too flowery and his attempts to eq [...]

    5. Finished this biography of the Rt Hon the Viscount Bennett of Mickleham, Calgary and Hopewell with an appreciation for our former Prime Minister (1930-35). A Conservative who may have been more liberal than his rivals during the Depression, Bennett did his best for Canada and the Commonwealth during his time in office and beyond.

    6. Well writtenbut I don't buy his argument for one moment! But bless his enthusiastic, apologist heart for trying his best to persuade me.

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