Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The officially great Tommy Douglas, the cheerful gentleman seen to the right, has had a good year. First, CBC-Nation voted him "The Greatest Canadian" ahead of Wayne Gretzky, Peter Gzowski, and various Liberal prime ministers. Then the RCMP was forced to stop denying that Douglas was one of many law-abiding (if not always Great) Canadians they spied upon for decades. And now he has become the subject of the latest book by our own Bill Waiser, whose new biography Tommy Douglas (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2006) has appeared in "The Canadians" series of biographies aimed at younger readers. The book restores a man who has taken on almost mythic proportions to his personal and historical contexts, rendering him fully alive and every bit as important, interesting, and, indeed, great as he was. Congratulations, Bill! Click here to learn more.