In Search of R.B. Bennett

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 17, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
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.
 

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Contents

1 Introducing RB 18701927
3
2 RBs Canada and Canadas RB 19271930
37
RBs First Year 19301931
80
4 Canadas Imperial Conference and RBs Love Affair 19321933
121
5 Battle for Solvency 19331934
157
6 Reformer Redux 19341935
196
7 Leader of the Opposition and Elder Statesman 19351938
229
8 Becoming Squire of Mickleham 19381947
261
Epilogue
288
Notes
291
Bibliography
335
Index
345
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P.B. Waite is Professor Emeritus of History at Dalhousie University, a former student of Donald Creighton, and the author of The Man from Halifax: Sir John Thompson.

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