Nominated for the 2006 National Business Book Award
How did an economically depressed region of Canada end up generating some of North America's most innovative business leaders? By quietly?but forcefully?making offers their competitors couldn?t refuse.
The Codfathers is a fascinating window into the secretive world of powerful families like the Irvings, the McCains, the Sobeys, and key business tycoons like Ron Joyce, who made Tim Hortons doughnuts into a Canadian icon. It's a story of a uniquely Maritime brand of success based on traditional values, like dogged resilience, understated aggressiveness and?when necessary?uniquely colourful language!
Praise for The Codfathers:
"...wonderful pen portraits, conveying both idiosyncratic charm and the swashbuckling personalities of this close-knit and unusual world." - The Globe and Mail
About the author
GORDON PITTS is a bestselling author, journalist and features writer for The Globe and Mail's Report on Business, focusing on management, entrepreneurship and family business. In 1989 he was a press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, during which time he wrote his first book, Storming the Fortress, a finalist for the National Business Book Award in 1990. In the Blood: Battles to Succeed in Canada's Family Businesses, was a finalist for the National Business Book Award in 2000. His third book, Kings of Convergence:The Fight for Control of Canada's Media, was also a finalist, in 2003, as was The Codfathers: Lessons of the Atlantic Business Elite, in 2006. Gordon Pitts and his wife live in Toronto.
Other titles by Gordon Pitts
The Last Canadian Knight
The Unintended Business Adventures of Sir Graham Day
Unicorn in the Woods
How East Coast Geeks and Dreamers Are Changing the Game
Fire in the Belly
How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada, and changed the way we do business
The Rise of the West and Canada's New Power Elite