Sunday, March 28, 2021

History of Influence

The American news site Axios reports that President Biden recently gathered a group of historians at the White House for a conversation.  The meeting is said to reflect "Biden's determination to be one of the most consequential presidents." Axios called it a "marker of the think-big, go-big mentality that pervades his West Wing." Participants included Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Beschloss, author Michael Eric Dyson, Yale's Joanne Freeman, Princeton's Eddie Glaude Jr., Harvard's Annette Gordon-Reed, and Walter Isaacson.

It made me wonder. If Prime Minister Trudeau attempted something similar, what would they talk about?

And who might he invite? I asked my wife, "Do you think Justin Trudeau has read 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal."

"Maybe The Story of Canada," she said.  So that's that.

Update, March 29:  Russ Chamberlayne offers this Wikipedia list of books about Canadian prime ministers which might offer some contenders.

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