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Author Name:    SLATTERY, T.P.

Title:   Assassination of D'Arcy McGee. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed

Publisher:    Doubleday Canada Limited / Doubleday & Company, Inc., Toronto / Garden City, N.Y., 1968, 

Seller ID:   97395

SLATTERY, T.P. The Assassination of D'Arcy McGee. With illustrations by theauthor. Toronto : Doubleday Canada Limited / Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1968. First Edition. Pp [i]-xviii,(2),[1]-527,(5). Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. “Thomas D'Arcy McGee was one of the most remarkable public figures in an age that included both Lincoln andDisraeli. Rebel, orator, newspaper publisher, poet and politician, D' Arcy McGee bestrode Canadian history like a not altogether genial Colossus, bec oming - for some - the nation's most valuable (as well as voluble) FoundingFather, while remaining-for others - her Public Enemy Number One. Born in Ireland in 1825, D' Arcy McGee's life was from the start a combination of dramatic changes and close calls. A leader of the "Young Ireland" underground rebellion at the age of twenty-three, he escaped to America with a policemanhunt at his back (for attempting to start a general uprising) and a new ly-minted price upon his head (three hundred guineas). But it was an escapeneither to peace nor to instant prosperity; for in Boston, home of America 's fiery Irish community, he became a leading participant in its acrimonious debates and its revolutionary Celtic aspirations. During this period, too, he forged his reputation as an essayist and versifier, and indulged his unlimited gift for oratory; but it was not until he moved to Montreal in 1856 that the full range of his political abilities became apparent. Author Slattery covers McGee's extraordinary Canadian career in great detail, showing how McGee, an intransigent and outspoken Independent among Imperialists and Tories, used his singular combination of diplomatic finesse and iron principle to keep the disputatious parts of a newly formed nation from flying apart. His gathering popular support, the admiration he gradually extractedeven from his enemies, seemed to make him the obvious - indeed inevitable - successor to Prime Minister John A. MacDonald. It was the tragedy that gives this book its title that cut down the most remarkable of Canadian politicians at the peak of his powers - and laid the foundation for a modern legend.” - from the dj. Contents : Part I. – Omens. 1. The Scholar and the Sword (1825-1848). 2. Home-Sickness (1848-1856). 3. Overture or Interlude? (1856-1857). 4. When the North Was Young (1857-1858). Part II. – Struggle. 5. The Double Shuffle and Five Men (1857-1858). 6. The Scent of Morning (1858-1859). 7. Uncertain Horizon (1860). 8. Shifting Sands (1861). 9. Crisis andRelapse (1861-1862). 10. A Persistent Politician (1862-1863). 11. Break-Up (1863). Part III. – Sacrifice. 12. Foes as Friends (1863-1864). 13. Down E ast (1864). 14. The Political Laboratory of Quebec (1864). 15. A Derringer Pistol (1864-1865). 16. Secrecy and Spies (1865-1866). 17. Closing the Gap (1865-1866). 18. Strenuous Minorities (1866). 19. Rock Maple (1866-1867). 20. The Blue Rim (1867). 21. Fools Expect More (1867). 22. No Feeble Fighter(1867). 23. A Dread Light (1867). 24. Shadows at Noon (1868). Part IV. – M urder. 25. The House Adjourns (1868). 26. Death (1868). 27. And Darkness Fell (1868). 28. The Empty Seat (1868). 29. Funeral (1868). 30. Lament (1868). Very good in edgeworn, price-clipped dustjacket. Signed with inscription by the author. 35.00


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