"The engaging story of the making of Canada's fifth national museum - a beautifully designed homage to Izzy Asper's dream of making a difference" It was on July 18, 2000 that Israel (Izzy) Asper, the renowned Canadian businessman and philanthropist, first discussed his idea of building a human rights centre in Winnipeg. He wanted to build a museum that would make a difference; that would help educate visitors to the museum about human rights issues, all with the aim of making the world a better, more humane place. He shared this vision with Moses (Moe) Levy, the Executive Director of the Asper Foundation, and gave Levy the mandate tomake the museum happen.
Miracle at the Forks recounts the fourteen-year ordeal of making Izzy Asper?'s dream a reality. It recounts the financial and political challenges of building a world class museum in Winnipeg, an objective that was made all the more difficult by Asper?'s death not six months after the public unveiling of plans for a national museum at The Forks on April 17, 2003. It is a story of passion and sheer will, about Moe Levy'?s determination to see Asper'?s grand idea come true, of Gail Asper'?s fortitude and unflagging drive to make sure her father'?s most cherished project became real, and of the countless others who lobbied, donated money, volunteered time, and fought to make the museum happen.
Written by acclaimed non-fiction writers, Peter C. Newman and Allan Levine, Miracle at the Forks also tells the story of the building of the museum itself, of the international competition to find an architect to design the building, and of Antoine Predock, one of the finest architects in the world who dared build a museum that is as remarkable in its construct as Izzy Asper?'s dream was in its audacity. Filled with full colour photography and exquisitely designed, this book will mark the official opening of The Canadian Museum for Human Rights on September 20, 2014.
About the authors
Peter C. Newman has been writing about Canadian history and politics for half a century. His previous works include the bestselling history of the Hudson Bay Company, Company of Adventurers, as well as books on prime ministers John Diefenbaker, Lester B. Pearson, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and Brian Mulroney. A former editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star and Maclean’s, Newman has won a half dozen of the country’s most illustrious literary awards, including the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize for his memoir, Here Be Dragons: Telling Tales of People, Passion, and Power. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada. Newman lives in Belleville, Ontario.
Allan Levine is an award-winning author and historian who has written thirteen books, including King (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011), the critically acclaimed biography of Mackenzie King that won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction. He is a historical consultant on the documentary Jewish Partisans, currently under production by Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Julia Mintz. A versatile author who moves easily between popular non-fiction and fiction, Levine has written four historical mysteries. His first mystery, The Blood Libel, won the Margaret McWilliams Award for historical fiction and was nominated for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. He lives in Winnipeg, MB.
Other titles by Peter C. Newman
Hostages to Fortune
The United Empire Loyalists and the Making of Canada
Maclean's on Justin Trudeau
The New Liberal Leader: A Life Lived in the Spotlight
We Gambled Everything
The Life and Times of an Oilman
When the Gods Changed
The Death of Liberal Canada
The Last to Die
Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada
The Secret Mulroney Tapes
Unguarded Confessions of a Prime Minister
Here Be Dragons
Telling Tales Of People, Passion and Power
History Of Canadian History
History of Canadian Business
Other titles by Allan Levine
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Wayne Lonergan and the Sensational Cafe Society Murder
Seeking the Fabled City
The Canadian Jewish Experience
Evil of the Age
Bootlegger's Confession, The
The Bootlegger's Confession
Biography of a City
Who Was Canada’s Best Prime Minister?
A Maclean’s Debate, Featuring Richard Gwyn and Allan Levine
William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny
Fugitives of the Forest
The Heroic Story Of Jewish Resistance And Survival During The Second World War
The Prime Ministers and the Media