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Biography & Autobiography Political

A Very Double Life

The Private World of Mackenzie King

by (author) C.P. Stacey

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Mar 2011
Political, General
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    Jan 1985
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Stacey's book was the first to examine in detail the convoluted, often bizarre private life of one of Canada's most influential Prime Ministers.

To the outside world, Mackenzie King was the shrewd politician who was Canada's prime minister for 21 years. But in his private world, King was a man of strange and obsessive drives. In his diaries, he confessed his uncontrollable passions, his "strollings" at night, and the anguish and guilt that followed. He described his relationship with his women friends and with his deceased mother, and his communications with the spirit world.

In this book, prominent Canadian historian C. P. Stacey reveals--for the first time--the incredible story of the private life of Mackenzie King.

About the author

C.P. Stacey (1906-1989), CM, OBE, University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, was an author of numerous books. He was Director of the Historical Section of Army Headquarters in Ottawa from 1945-1959 and Official Historian of the Canadian Army for World War II.

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Editorial Reviews

"A blockbuster ... absorbing."

"One of the strangest men ever to govern a democratic state."

"A story as bizarre as it is fascinating."

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