Recent Books

The Duke of Kent

Few Canadians have served their nation as well and as widely as the Honourable Darcy McKeough. In his memoir, The Duke of Kent, the former Treasurer of Ontario spares no one, not even himself, writing with refreshing honesty about politics, politicians – their successes, foibles, and failings – as well his career in the private sector. I very much enjoyed working with Darcy on this book.

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At a certain point in our lives we are left only with our close relationships and our clear recollections. So begins Thumper: The Memoirs of the Honourable Donald S. Macdonald.

An early supporter of Pierre Trudeau for the Liberal Party leadership, Donald Macdonald’s career in public life spanned four decades and included posts as House leader, minister of national defence, minister of energy, and minister of finance. He chaired the landmark Royal Commission that led to free trade between Canada and the United States, and as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom he conferred with Margaret Thatcher and dined with Queen Elizabeth II.

It was my privilege to work with Don on this book.

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Driven to Succeed

Frank Hasenfratz grew up in Hungary learning to dodge bullets and avoid land mines during the Second World War. When the Revolution of 1956 erupted, he and his army unit joined the insurgents. After the Revolution was crushed, he fled to Guelph, Ont., and gambled everything on a one-man operation making oil pumps for Ford. The company he founded, Linamar, now has 16,000 employees in 8 countries. Co-authored with Susan M. Papp.

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BlackBerry: The Inside Story of Research In Motion

After four years of intensive research, scores of interviews, and full access to executives and employees at the Waterloo-based company, BlackBerry: The Inside Story of Research In Motion, is the first behind-the-scenes account of the smartphone that caused a communications revolution.

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CEO Dominic D’Alessandro transformed Manulife by acquiring John Hancock thereby creating the fourth largest life insurance firm in the world. He finished his fifteen years at the top fighting for his reputation, tarnished by the global meltdown of 2008-09. Shortlisted for the 2010 National Business Book Award.

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