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Gwyn, Richard J. 1934-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 164 publications in 2 languages and 2,247 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Drama  Political films  Biographical films  Juvenile works  Fiction  Historical films  Made-for-TV movies  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: F1034.3.T7, B
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Most widely held works by Richard J Gwyn
Smallwood, the unlikely revolutionary by Richard J Gwyn( Book )

13 editions published between 1968 and 1999 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The extraordinary life of Joey Smallwood is the stuff of fiction—literally: Wayne Johnston's acclaimed novel, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, draws heavily on this definitive biography. And no wonder! Set against a colorful background in stirring times it has, as its hero, a character whose career defied both convention and the odds. A one time pig farmer and ardent socialist-turned-union-buster Smallwood is best remembered as the man responsible for bringing Newfoundland into confederation with Canada.A full ten years before Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states of the union a ma
The northern magus : Pierre Trudeau and Canadians by Richard J Gwyn( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and French and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nationalism without walls : the unbearable lightness of being Canadian by Richard Gwyn( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and French and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All nation states are being changed by global economy, computer technology and cultural revolutions. This book is an examination of Canadian nationhood
John A. : the man who made us : the life and times of John A. Macdonald by Richard J Gwyn( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

V.1: "The first volume of Richard Gwyn's definitive biography of John A. Macdonald follows his life from his birth in Scotland in 1815 to his emigration with his family to Kingston, Ontario, to his days as a young, rising lawyer, to his tragedy-ridden first marriage, to the birth of his political ambitions, to his commitment to the all-but-impossible challenge of achieving Confederation, to his presiding, with his second wife Agnes, over the first Canada Day of the new Dominion in 1867. Colourful, intensely human and with a full measure of human frailties, Macdonald was beyond question Canada's most important prime minister. This volume describes how Macdonald developed Canada's first true national political party, encompassing French and English and occupying the centre of the political spectrum. To perpetuate this party, Macdonald made systematic use of patronage to recruit talent and to bond supporters, a system of politics that continues to this day. Gwyn judges that Macdonald, if operating on a small stage, possessed political skills--of manipulation and deception as well as an extraordinary grasp of human nature--of the same calibre as the greats of his time, such as Disraeli and Lincoln. Confederation is the centerpiece here, and Gywn's commentary on Macdonald's pivotal role is original and provocative. But his most striking analysis is that the greatest accomplishment of nineteenth-century Canadians was not Confederation, but rather to decide not to become Americans. Macdonald saw Confederation as a means to an end, its purpose being to serve as a loud and clear demonstration of the existence of a national will to survive. The two threats Macdonald had to contend with were those of annexation by the United States, perhaps by force, perhaps by osmosis, and equally that Britain just might let that annexation happen to avoid a conflict with the continent's new and unbeatable power."--Publisher description
The 49th paradox : Canada in North America by Richard Gwyn( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shape of scandal; a study of a government in crisis by Richard J Gwyn( Book )

8 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nation maker : Sir John A. Macdonald : his life, our times by Richard Gwyn( )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John A. Macdonald, Canada's first and most important prime minister, is the man who made Confederation happen, who built this country over the next quarter century, and who shaped what it is today. From Confederation Day in 1867, where this volume picks up, Macdonald finessed a reluctant union of four provinces in central and eastern Canada into a strong nation, despite indifference from Britain and annexationist sentiment in the United States. But it wasn't easy. The wily Macdonald faced constant crises throughout these years, from Louis Riel's two rebellions through to the Pacific Scandal that almost undid his government and his quest to find the spine of the nation: the railroad that would link east to west. Gwyn paints a superb portrait of Canada and its leaders through these formative years and also delves deep to show us Macdonald the man, as he marries for the second time, deals with the birth of a disabled child, and the assassination of his close friend Darcy McGee, and wrestles with whether Riel should hang." -- Publisher's description
The hidden Pierre Elliott Trudeau : the faith behind the politics( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much has been written about the political and personal life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, but little has been said, even by the man himself, about his faith and how it shaped him. Here we discover the faith behind the politics of one of Canada's best-known public figures. This collection of essays, by a range of key politicians, biographers, journalists and scholars, explores such topics as the man and his beliefs; his words on "the bedrooms of the nation"; the privatization of religion; faith and personal experience; faith and public life; and the dignity of the individual
The world's first anti-Americans : Canada as the canary in the global mine by Richard J Gwyn( )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre Elliott Trudeau by Richard Gwyn( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Take a look at the life and career of Pierre Elliott Trudeau
John A. : Birth of a country( Visual )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A political thriller on the struggle between John A. Macdonald, the leader of the Conservative Party and his opponent, George Brown, the leader of what would become the Liberal Party and the founder of Toronto's Globe newspaper as they fought to shape Canadian future
Le Prince by Richard Gwyn( Book )

3 editions published in 1981 in French and English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le titre français veut-il faire allusion à Machiavel, alors que l'original anglais joue sur l'image fascinatrice d'un homme public qui semble répondre aux rêves de la psyché nationale? - La solution assez partiale que fournit l'auteur justifie ces deux intentions. Rédigée à partir d'une masse de documents, de témoignages et d'interviews, cette monographie, qui consacre 400 pages à la carrière du premier ministre, consiste surtout en une étude de caractère doublée d'une interprétation très personnelle qui défrise l'objectivité inhérente à une telle entreprise. "Ce n'est ni une biographie exhaustive ni un ouvrage à prétention historique", affirme l'auteur dans une note préliminaire. Nous sommes portés à y trouver un portrait développé avec des traces du négatif. Par ailleurs, le contexte politique est amplement décrit et la vie privée suffisamment évoquée pour permettre de saisir le fonctionnement du mythe. [SDM]
John A. : the man who made us : the life and times of John A. Macdonald by Richard J Gwyn( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John A: The Man Who Made Us by Richard J Gwyn( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John A. : the man who made us : the life and times of John A. Macdonald. Vol. 1 : 1815-1867 by Richard Gwyn( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nation maker : Sir John A. Macdonald : his life, our times by Richard J Gwyn( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Confederation Day in 1867, John A. Macdonald finessed a reluctant union of four provinces in central and eastern Canada into a strong nation, despite indifference from Britain and annexationist sentiment in the United States. Macdonald faced constant crises, from Louis Riel's two rebellions through to the Pacific Scandal that almost undid his government. Gwyn paints a portrait of Canada and its leaders through these formative years and also shows us Macdonald the man, as he wrestles with whether Riel should hang, marries for the second time, deals with the birth of a disabled child, and the assassination of his close friend Darcy McGee. Some descriptions of violence. Sequel to John A: the man who made us : the life and times of John A. Macdonald
The northern magus : Pierre Trudeau and Canadians by Richard J Gwyn( Recording )

3 editions published between 1981 and 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fascinating examination of both the personal nature and the political dynamism of Trudeau; a brilliant analysis of the man and 12 years of Canadian history that will become one of the most controversial and debated political periods o our time. 1980
The 49th paradox : Canada in North America by Richard J Gwyn( Recording )

3 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at Canada's crucial relationship with the United States and gives a historic perspective, from the times of Macdonald and Laurier through the Trudeau years to the Mulroney government. c1985
John A : the man who made us : the life and times of John A. Macdonald, [vol. 1] by Richard J Gwyn( Recording )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first of two volumes of a biography of John A. Macdonald follows his life from his birth in Scotland in 1815 to his emigration with his family to Kingston, Ontario. Covers his days as a young, rising lawyer, his tragedy-ridden first marriage, the birth of his political ambitions, and his commitment to the all-but-impossible challenge of achieving Confederation. Concludes with his presiding, with his second wife Agnes, over the first Canada Day of the new Dominion in 1867
Nationalism without walls : the unbearable lightness of being Canadian by Richard J Gwyn( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Nation maker : Sir John A. Macdonald : his life, our times
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John A. : the man who made us : the life and times of John A. MacdonaldNation maker : Sir John A. Macdonald : his life, our timesPierre Elliott TrudeauJohn A. : the man who made us : the life and times of John A. MacdonaldJohn A: The Man Who Made UsJohn A. : the man who made us : the life and times of John A. Macdonald. Vol. 1 : 1815-1867
Alternative Names
Gwyn, Richard

Gwyn, Richard 1934-

Gwyn, Richard J

Gwyn, Richard J. 1934-

Richard Gwyn Brits journalist

Richard Gwyn Canadian journalist, author, civil servant

Languages
English (125)

French (4)