By Andrew Cohen
The award-winning, bestselling writer of While Canada Slept gives his view of a rustic wasted on Canadians.
What is nationwide personality? What makes the americans, the British, the French, the Russians, and the chinese language who they're? during this homogenized global, the place globalization is a byword for a deadening sameness, why do peoples who dwell within the related sector, use an analogous cash, learn an analogous books, and watch a similar videos stay diversified from each other? up to Canada should be obvious as a replica, clone, or colony of the US, we're undoubtedly unique. it's a results of our geography, heritage, and politics. It comes from our demography and prosperity. such a lot of all, it comes from our personality.
In The Unfinished Canadian, Andrew Cohen delves into our prior and found in seek of our defining nationwide features. He questions hoary shibboleths, soothing mythologies, and outdated saws with irreverence, humour, and flintiness, unencumbered through our proverbial politeness (itself an outstanding misperception) and our suffocating political correctness. we're quite a bit, in such a lot of colours, and it’s time we took a good examine ourselves. during this provocative, passionate, and stylish e-book, Cohen argues that our mythology, our jealousy, our complacency, our apathy, our amnesia, and our moderation are all a part of the insufferable lightness of being Canadian.
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