Magazine article Literary Review of Canada

Re: "Suckered by America," by Conrad Black (May 2011)

Magazine article Literary Review of Canada

Re: "Suckered by America," by Conrad Black (May 2011)

Article excerpt

Conrad Black is a man of remarkable substance, intelligence and industry. I am most gratified that in his review of my new book, Doing the Continental: A New Canadian-American Relationship, he sees fit to describe it as "useful," "a good addition to the discussion" and a "good book," and to effuse upon what he sees as "excellent," "good" and "important" points.

Doing the Continental is unique in the general literature on our relations with the United States. Books on the topic are usually from the nationalist left or the continentalist right. Doing the Continental offers a new way of conceptualizing the relationship, were we to advance not our competing ideologies but our national interests: drawing on the best of both traditions.

Bob Rae, in the foreword, describes this approach as one of "intelligence and gusto." Conrad Black's problem with the book is not with its substance, but with its tone, which he finds "immodest."

It's always frustrating to be misunderstood. My intention, and responsibility, was to write with conviction. By inclination, I am reform minded, progressive and activist. That this be misunderstood as "somewhat portentous" is ironic, as the disjuncture in appreciation for Mr. …

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