Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paul Litt on John Turner

I've noted once or twice lately that when you run a history blog, American publishers regularly send you offers of review copies, interview opportunities, and such, even for books that have little relation to the subjects you favour, but that Canadian publishers don't.

So: due notice to UBC Press.  Yesterday we received a review copy of  Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner, the big new biography of the former Liberal leader by Carleton University's Paul Litt. Entirely unsolicited, and I don't know whose idea it was, but thanks.

Is it the right time for a Turner bio?  In a time when many people are predicting the death of the Liberal Party, the career of the leader who brought them to their last confrontation with that fate might be of fresh relevance.

I usually say we do notices more than book reviews here, and mostly don't need an actual copy of the book.  But browsing in Litt on Turner, I'm intrigued, and may get back when I've read more .
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