Writing a life of Bennett, who reportedly destroyed his correspondence every seven years, presents challenges for the biographer. Yet, as P.B. Waite shows, Bennett's lasting contributions to Canada are beyond doubt. He describes Bennett's bold initiatives, including his attempt to introduce unemployment insurance and a minimum wage, as well as his founding of the Bank of Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - achieved in the teeth of opposition from banking and media magnates. Waite also contemplates Bennett's friendships, his relationships, and his lifelong bachelorhood, shedding new light on his life and personality.
With warmth, wit, and a deep knowledge of its subject, In Search of R.B. Bennett brings Bennett the man - his penchants, prejudices, weaknesses, and strengths - before the reader.
About the author
P.B. Waite is professor emeritus, Dalhousie University, and the author of The Life and Times of Confederation, 1864-1867 and The Man from Halifax: Sir John Thompson, Prime Minister. He is an officer of the Order of Canada.
"A traditional biography, with the focus on Bennett's character, his motives, and underlying values, In Search of R.B. Bennett is superbly written and a great pleasure to read." John MacFarlane, Directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence
Other titles by P.B. Waite
The Life and Times of Confederation 1864-1867
Politics, Newspapers, and the Union of British North America
Confederation Debates in the Province of Canada, 1865
The Confederation Debates in the Province of Canada, 1865
John A. Macdonald
The Young Politician. The Old Chieftain
The Lives of Dalhousie University: Volume II
1925-1980, The Old College Transformed
The Lives of Dalhousie University: Volume I
1818-1925, Lord Dalhousie's College
Three Sketches of the Personal Life and Ideas of R.B. Bennett, 1870-1947
Lord of Point Grey
Larry MacKenzie of UBC
The Man from Halifax
Sir John Thompson, Prime Minister