Press), 1991. ISBN 0-7748-0382-7. 301 Pages. Cloth $39.95; Paper $29.95.
This is the first and only biography of a man who,
during his lifetime, was as well known as business moguls like Conrad Black,
Paul Reichman and Paul Desmarais today. At one time, during the boom days
preceding the Great War of 1914-1918, when Canada was young and optimistic,
William Mackenzie was part of almost every major business, from a
transcontinental railway to electric street railways in Canada and abroad. He
sat on the board of the Hudsons Bay Company, and he sponsored one of the
worlds first full-length film documentaries. By 1914 he had become a name
well known from Vancouver to Berlin to Brazil.
However, by the time of his death
in 1923, he had lost control of his once vast empire, and in the intervening
years, he has been forgotten. Fleming, who grew up in the same area of Ontario
as Mackenzie, converted tales of the man into a readable and much admired
biography. The books first printing sold out in less than a month.
You will not want to miss the life
of this remarkable and daring Canadian.
RE THE RAILWAY KING OF
A splendid accomplishment. (Timothy Findley, novelist,
A well-written and absorbing
tale. (Mark Rosenfeld, Ontario History, 1993).
A scholarly and sympathetic
picture of the life of this influential and important Canadian. (Bruce
Smith, Western Historical Quarterly, University of Western Michigan).
soundly argued, ... well written, it places Mackenzie's incredibly complex
investment portfolio into one digestible package. (A A Den Otter,
Canadian Historical Review, 1994).
A thoroughly readable book,
written with verve and style. (Ronald Rees, cultural geographer, St
biography. (Ontario Historical Society, Willowdale ON).
An intimate portrait of
Mackenzie, both as man and business legend. (Verne Clemence,
Star-Phoenix, Saskatoon SK, Oct 1992).
The definitive biography of
Sir William. (Colin Read, Huron College, University of Western Ontario,
One of the most sympathetic
portraits of a traditional rural community...well researched... a good
read. (Ken Cruikshank, Dalhousie Review, Halifax NS).
This excellent tour de
force... is more than a good read. It is argument, debate, analysis,
storytelling and fact mixed into a smooth-tasting cocktail with a powerful
kick. (N.M. Joshi, British Journal of Canadian Studies, London
Fleming is a first-class
biographer. (Elwood Jones, Trent University, Peterborough ON).
A fascinating glimpse into
Whos Who in Canadian history..., stories that depict the land of men and
women whose dreams were the dreams of giants. (G. Edward Stubbs, BC
Genealogist, Vancouver BC).
"Mackenzie left virtually no
private papers, a paucity that is admirably compensated for in R.B. Fleming,
The Railway King of Canada." (T.D. Regehr Dictionary of Canadian
Biography, volume XV)
Winner of Ontario Historical
Societys Fred Landon Award (1992).
SELLING PRICE: Cloth $39.95;
Paper: $29.95 (plus shipping where applicable)
HOW TO OBTAIN THIS BOOK:
Chapters/Indigo stores and webpage; Kent Bookstore, Lindsay ON; or directly
from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 705-439-2337 or 1606 Rd 46, Woodville ON, K0M 2T0