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The Age of Mackenzie King

by Ferns, Henry & Bernard Ostry
introduction by John Meisel

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history & theory
list price: $16.95
also available: Hardcover
published: 1976
imprint: Lorimer

William Lyon Mackenzie King has perhaps the most enduring legacy of any Canadian Prime Minister: his policies shaped Canadian politics, economics and international relations for much of the twentieth century. His influence remains hotly debated and controversial: this book is one of the first to counter the official hagiography of King promulgated by the Liberal Party.

The Age of Mackenzie King offers a compelling alternative to the official history of the vital early years of Mackenzie King's career. It considers his role as a labour relations expert and official, the beginning of his close working relationship with powerful forces in the United States, notably the Rockefeller family, and his emergence as a leading Liberal politician. It traces the influences, alliances and experiences that provided the basis for Mackenzie King's highly sucessful vision of Liberal party poltics, a vision that had tremendous implications for Canadian development in the twentieth century.

The Age of Mackenzie King is a groundbreaking study of one the most influential and enigmatic figures in Canadian history.

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Editorial Review

"Ferns and Ostry have pinned down their victim like a prize butterfly in their collection of strange political characters who populated Canada during the Grits' consolidation of power."

— Peter C. Newman
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About the Authors

Ferns, Henry

HENRY FERNS was educated at the University of Manitoba and at Cambridge. He has also lectured in social science at the University of Birmingham.
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Bernard Ostry

BERNARD OSTRY was born in Wadena, Saskatchewan and studied at the University of Manitoba and the London School of Economics. He has held several senior posts in federal government agencies, including Secretary General of the National Museums of Canada.
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John Meisel

JOHN MEISEL, a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of London, is a member of the Department of Political and Economic Science, Queen’s University, and is at present directing a research project sponsored by the Canadian Social Science Research Council on decision-making and the structure of power in Canada

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