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The Scotch

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In 1908, in Dunwich Township, a patch of rural southern Ontario that was more Scottish than much of Scotland, the renowned economist and public servant John Kenneth Galbraith was born. In 1963, Galbraith wrote The Scotch, a memoir of the tight (in every sense) community in which he was raised.

Galbraith tells how the men were distinguished by the amount of land they’d accum
Paperback, 148 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by McClelland & Stewart Inc. (first published 1964)
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Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This delightful little book written by J.K. Galbraith -- author, economist, and Canadian ambassador to the U.S. during the Kennedy administration -- is a memoir of his time growing up among the Scots of southern Ontario (or "Scotch", as they refer to themselves, as per the title). It's less of an account of the author’s own personal experiences as a boy and more a description of the rural community where he grew up in the early decades of the 20th century.

The book covers a different aspect of th
Robyn Smith
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J K Galbraith was an influential writer and academic on economics of the mid-20th century, but this book is a departure from this topic and is, instead a memoir of this great man's life growing up in a "Scotch" community in Ontario, Canada.
With impressive writing and narrative skills, Galbraith paints a picture of a very closely knit, tight-fisted community, narrow in its beliefs and attitudes to change. (not tight-fisted when it came to drinking though!) However, he livens up the story by inter
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything that has jokes that haven't been meaningful for 100 years is funny.

The first half of this book is really funny, in my opinion. Everything Leacock should have been. Also based on a town very near Deptford. The second half has a few laughs left, too. Book's short and is worth reading if you're interested in a narrative history of "pioneer" era Ontario.

Galbraith says it's one of the 3 books of his he didn't loathe seeing on a shelf.
Czarny Pies
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Canadians.
Recommended to Czarny by: Galbraith was a huge media star when I was young.
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This is a fabulous story about the Scotch of Southern Ontario who were entrepreneurial, honest and above all resolutely Liberal. Their way of life and their politics dominated Canada from the time of Laurier through to the end of the Trudeau era.

Anyone majoring in Canadian history has to read this book by John Kenneth Galbraith who chose to leave his roots to pursue a career in the big leagues.
Kelly Kilcrease
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bought this at a second hand bookstore and really enjoyed this quick read. Very interesting in how Scottish this area of Canada was and the simplicity of the time period. In so many ways it seems to have been a better time to live.
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John Kenneth Galbraith was a Canadian-American economist. He was a Keynesian and an institutionalist, a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism and democratic socialism. His books on economic topics were bestsellers in the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, he produced four dozen books & over a 1000 articles on many subjects. Among his most famous works was his economics trilogy: Am ...more

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