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The Promise of Canada


Title: The Promise of Canada
Author: Charlotte Gray

On the eve of Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations comes a richly rewarding book from acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray about what it means to be Canadian. Readers already know Gray as an award-winning biographer, a writer who has brilliantly captured the lives of significant individuals and dramatic moments in our history. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of our country. 

What do these people - from George-Étienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper - have in common? Each, according to Gray, has left an indelible mark on Canada. Deliberately avoiding a top-down approach to history, she has chosen Canadians - some well know, other less so - whose ideas have become part of our collective conversation about who we are as a people. Gray also highlights many Canadians from all walks of life who have added to the ongoing debate about our identity, showing that our country has reinvented itself with every generation since Confederation.

Beautifully illustrated with evocative black-and-white historical images and colourful artistic visions, The Promise of Canada is a fresh, thoughtful, and inspiring view of our historical journey. Opening doors into our past, present, and future, Gray makes our first 150 years come alive as she challenges us to envision the Canada we want to live in. 

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