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Biography & Autobiography Political

In Search of R.B. Bennett

by (author) P.B. Waite

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
May 2012
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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.

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Editorial Reviews

"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

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