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A Very Double Life

The Private World of Mackenzie King

By C. P. Stacey

$24.95 Paperback
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Series: Goodread Biographies

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Stacey's book was the first to examine in detail the convoluted, often bizarre private life of one of Canada's most influential Prime Ministers.

To the outside world, Mackenzie King was the shrewd politician who was Canada's prime minister for 21 years. But in his private world, King was a man of strange and obsessive drives. In his diaries, he confessed his uncontrollable passions, his "strollings" at night, and the anguish and guilt that followed. He described his relationship with his women friends and with his deceased mother, and his communications with the spirit world.

In this book, prominent Canadian historian C. P. Stacey reveals -- for the first time -- the incredible story of the private life of Mackenzie King.

Preface: The Mackenzie King Diaries
Introduction: The Master Politician
Part I: The Boy and the Girls
The Blushing Young Ladies
Strolls in the Sub-World
Mathilde Grossert
Part II: Three Friends
Bert Harper: "The Loss Was Irreparable"
Marjorie Harridge: "Happiness and Pain"
Searching for a Wife
Joan Patteson: "She Has Filled the Place of My Mother in My Heart"
Little Angel Dogs
Part III: Things in Heaven and Earth
Six Candles on the Cake
Moving into Spiritualism
The Little Table
War:The Prime Minister Swears Off
Part IV: The Final Years
The Mediums of England
The Last Summer
Appendix: Mackenzie King's Personal Fortune and His Will

"A story as bizarre as it is fascinating."

- Queen's Quarterly

"One of the strangest men ever to govern a democratic state."

- William French Globe and Mail

"A blockbuster ... absorbing."

- Hamilton Spectator

C.P. Stacey was a Canadian historian and university professor. He was the official historian of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, and has been published extensively on matters both military and political.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
Publication Date: 10th January 2014
ISBN: 9781459502963
Format: 7.5in x 5in

BISAC Code:  BIO010000, HIS006000
Imprint: Goodread Biography


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