Rise to Greatness

The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Masterful, ambitious, and groundbreaking, this is a major new history of our country by one of our most respected thinkers and historians -- a book every Canadian should own.
     From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes the definitive history of Canada -- a revealing, groundbreaking account of the people and events that shaped a nation.
     Spanning 874 to 2014, and beginning from Canada's first inhabitants and the early explorers, this masterful history challenges our perception of our history and Canada's role in the world. From Champlain to Carleton, Baldwin and Lafontaine, to MacDonald, Laurier, and King, Canada's role in peace and war, to Quebec's quest for autonomy, Black takes on sweeping themes and vividly recounts the story of Canada's development from colony to dominion to country. Black persuasively reveals that while many would argue that Canada was perhaps never predestined for greatness, the opposite is in fact true: the emergence of a magnificent country, against all odds, was a remarkable achievement. Brilliantly conceived, this major new reexamination of our country's history is a riveting tour de force by one of the best writers writing today.


• "Rise to Greatness traces the political and economic history of Canada over the last four centuries. . . . Black contemplates his home and native land with unabashed pride." --Montreal Gazette

 • ". . . [B]owls the reader along like an adventure story. . . . This book never bores. . . . [T]he élan of a writer at the top of his game, covering his subject with a staggering degree or erudition. . . . The narrative positively sparkles with ironic witticisms and aperçus that make this book as much a work of literature as of history." – Andrew Roberts, National Post