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Trail Blazer

book cover image Dr. Oronhyatekha

Dr. Oronhyatekha (Peter Martin) was one of the first indigenous physicians in Canada and the first to attend Oxford University. He shattered a lot of stereotypes.

Latin Lover

book cover Living With A Dead Language

After leaving downtown New York City for the country, Ann Patty got bored. Then she found a whole new life taking classes in Latin. She came, she saw, she conquered.

Young Man In A Hurry

book cover image Hero of the Empire

South Africa gave Winston Churchill his fourth taste of war. He was twenty four years old.


book cover image One Soldier

Dillon Hillier, a corporal with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, returned home from a tour in Afghanistan and started up a normal life. At least, that was the plan.

Massey Lectures 2016

The Return of History

The face of the Earth is not ablush with democratic stability and rising prosperity, this year. Canadian Jennifer Welsh says she knows why.

November 8, 2016

book cover image The Year of Voting Dangerously

Are we there, yet? Trapped between two candidates with record-low ratings, Americans are plunging into The Year of Voting Dangerously.

The Book of Joy

book cover image The Book of Joy

Need a lift? The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share hard-won wisdom about living with joy, even in the face of adversity.

Trudeau 1.0

book cover image Trudeaumania

Today, his son Justin lives at 24 Sussex Drive. Trudeaumania is about Pierre Trudeau’s rise to power in 1968, a story we thought we knew. 

Wood Wide Web

book cover image The Hidden Life of Trees

Forester Peter Wohlleben loves trees. As a young man he discovered the forest, like the Internet, is a social network. 

Faith & Facts

book cover image Amazing Truths

Does science discredit the Bible? Absolutely not, says Dr. Michael Guillen, former Harvard physics instructor and Emmy-winning ABC News Science Editor.