Bassett: John Bassett's forty years in politics, publishing, business and sports

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James Lorimer & Company, Jun 27, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography
John White Hughes Bassett is an extraordinary figure in Canadian public life, a man who's been at the centre of politics, sports, the media and business for over forty years.
True to his style, John Bassett doesn't approve of an independent journalist who's neither a bosom friend nor an implacable foe writing his story. But his public career belongs not only to him but also to the many Torontonians and Canadians whose lives have been touched by his astonishingly diverse activities as a politician, publisher, businessman and sportsman.
Based on more than 200 interviews with friends, family, business asociates, critics and enemies, Bassett is a remarkably thorough portrait of a distinguished Canadian publisher, broadcaster and businessman.

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CHAPTER 1The Tory mould
CHAPTER 2 An eager reporter a skilled warrior
CHAPTER 3Meet your new goddamn publisher
CHAPTER 4Sports for pleasure power and profit
CHAPTER 5Thepolitical animal
CHAPTER 6Family friends and the death of a newspaper
CHAPTER 7Building a television empire
CHAPTER 8A decade of paradox and profit

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About the author (2012)

MAGGIE SIGGINS began her writing career as a reporter for the Toronto Telegram. She has worked as a broadcaster and producer for CBC and CITY-TV in Toronto. She was the winner of the Southam Fellowship for Journalists in 1974.

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