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Radical Dreamer: The Passionate Journey Of Graham Spry

$19.95

Radical Dreamer: The Passionate Journey of Graham Spry explores the fascinating life of the “Father of Public Broadcasting”. Spry was also one of the founders of the CCF (later the NDP) and played a key role at the inception of socialized medicine. But he was considered by those in power to be a “dangerous radical” and spent much of his productive years in virtual exile.

 

SKU: 00020

Product Description

Radical Dreamer: The Passionate Journey of Graham Spry explores the fascinating life of the ‘Father of Public Broadcasting’. A lifelong advocate of a distinct Canadian society and culture, Spry knew in his bones that public broadcasting could unite Canada and put her on a world stage. Many of the key events of the 20th Century can be told through his eyes: the Winnipeg General Strike, two world wars, the Great Depression, the rise and fall of socialism, the beginning of socialized medicine, the power of American ‘culture’, the collapse of the Raj, and much more. Though he was well-connected, Spry was always an outsider. Considered too radical to be employable in Canada during his most productive years, he lived in exile in London, influencing events at home from afar. He was a renaissance man – wartime correspondent, oil executive, adventurer, writer, politician and publisher. His message is as important in the global age as it was during Canada’s adolescence in the 1920s. Radical Dreamer: The Passionate Journey of Graham Spry weaves rare archival material with contemporary voices to unravel the secrets of this nation-builder who faced many of the same challenges that confound policy makers today.

Additional Information

Weight 140 g
Dimensions 190 x 135 x 14 mm