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Fights of Our Lives: Elections, Leadership and the Making of Canada

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Hardcover, 357 pages
Published July 14th 2006 by HarperCollins Canada (first published January 1st 2002)
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Stewart
Hands down, one of the best political books I've read in recent years. Duffy does a masterful job diving into the particulars of Canadian history leading up to the key elections he analyzes, particularly the Manitoba Schools Question of the 1890s and the King-Byng Crisis of 1926. An excellent mix of political and parliamentary strategy, results analysis, colourful biography, and captivating storytelling, I cannot recommend this treasure highly enough!
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
a very colorful, creatively-designed stroll through Canadian political history looking in particular at five major PM campaigns. Not sure why I find our neighbor's politics so interesting, but this is a great resource. What makes this book unique is the way that art and design are used to supplement information: a lot of cartoons, doodles, and creative ways of arranging photographs/other visual resources.

Plus, the front dustjacket says this book cost $55, yet I got my like-new copy from Thriftbo
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Some great historical analysis, and I love the playbook-style sketches. However, it's a rather awkwardly-designed book, and I take a few exceptions to federal elections the author doesn't identify as key historical battles...especially the conscription fiasco of 1917.
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John Duffy was a historian of medicine and public health. The author of 11 books and editor of two others, he taught the history of medicine and public health at Tulane, Louisiana State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Louisville, Rice University, and
the University of Maryland. He served as president of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Washing
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