Title: Shadow of Heaven
The life of Lester Pearson
Volume One: 1897 - 1948
Author: John English
Lester Pearson - Canada's 14th prime minister, and foremost diplomat - was a man of deep and passionate convictions. His vision of Canada as a force for international peace, mediation, and good will helped redefine our view of ourselves. But how did this seemingly mild and easy going man develop such a powerful and unswerving vision - and how did he win the political clout to put his beliefs into practice?
In this formidable and fascinating first volume, John English casts new light on the private and public life of this remarkable Canadian. He takes us back to Pearson's childhood, to the model child of a devout Methodist family and the boy who, at 18, left his father's parsonage to be a stretcher bearer in the First World War. Pearson was shattered by his wartime experiences, and had difficulty settling down on his return. He studied law, worked as a sausage-stuffer, won an Oxford scholarship, and came home to be a history professor and football coach. In 1928, still unsettled, he joined the foreign service.
As the world again drifted towards war, Pearson was posted to London, and on to Washington. Through those difficult years, as Canada struggled to maintain independence while supporting the massive war effort, his intelligence, perception, and unpretentious charm won respect and attention, not only for himself but the country he represented.
On the surface easy and accessible, Lester Pearson was in fact a man of contradictions. To explore his depths, to show how Pearson's development reflected that of the country ( the book is also a marvellous portrait of Canada in the first 50 years of this century), and to examine his impact on Canada from the perspective of the 80s, John English has studied newly available documents and has interviewed Pearson's colleagues and family at length.
John English teaches history at the University of Waterloo. He is a past editor of the Canadian Historical Review and vice president of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. He has been a Senior Killam Fellow and has written numerous articles and books dealing with 20th century Canadian history, including The Decline of Politics, Robert Borden: His Life and World, and Canada since 1945.
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