Sir John A. Macdonald

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Richard Gwyn is an award-winning journalist and historian ... and he knows a thing or two about Sir John A. Macdonald.

For much of the first decade of the 21st century, Mr. Gwyn spent days and nights immersed in the world of 19th Century British North America, trying to make sense of the Canada that emerged, and of the people and forces responsible for shaping the times and the place.  

Mr. Gwyn's two-volume biography of this country's first Prime Minister was completed in stages. Volume one was published in 2007; Michael Enright spoke with him about it then. Volume two was completed last year. Richard Gwyn came to The Sunday Edition studio this past fall, to talk to Michael about it. We have both conversations for you this morning.

While it may be true that no single person can be entirely responsible for the broad sweep of history, the title of Mr. Gwyn's first volume suggests otherwise. The title is John A: The Man Who Made Us. And that is where Michael began.


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