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John A. MacDonald:  The Young Politician Donald Grant Creighton

John A. MacDonald: The Young Politician

Donald Grant Creighton

Published 1974
ISBN : 9780770500733
Paperback
478 pages
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The Dictionary of Canadian Biography calls this work probably the greatest Canadian biography yet published in English. Donald Creightons two-volume account of Canadas first Prime Minister was originally published in the 1950s as John A.MoreThe Dictionary of Canadian Biography calls this work probably the greatest Canadian biography yet published in English. Donald Creightons two-volume account of Canadas first Prime Minister was originally published in the 1950s as John A. Macdonald: The Young Lion (1952) and John A. Macdonald: The Old Chieftain (1955). Each of the volumes won a Governor Generals Literary Award. Creightons rare combination of rigorous scholarship, magnificent literary style, and romantic and heroic vision gives this work extraordinary power and wide appeal.Sir John A. Macdonalds flamboyant personality dominated Canadian public life from the years preceding Confederation to the end of the nineteenth century, and the political structures and national policies which developed under his leadership continue to shape public issues today. Creightons first volume takes Macdonald from his childhood and early years as a young lawyer in Kingston, Ontario, through his swift rise in political life to positions of influence, to the great achievement of uniting the colonies of British North America in Confederation. The second volume traces Macdonalds often tumultuous subsequent career in the context of a growing and often recalcitrant nation. He was Prime Minister from 1867 to 1873 and then again from 1878 until his death in June, 1891. The spectacular and evocative epilogues with which Creighton concludes each volume are widely recognized as having a place among the great passages of literary prose.