Mike: The Memoirs of the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson, Volume One: 1897-1948

By Lester B. Pearson
With a foreword by the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien

© 2015

One of Canada’s most dynamic prime ministers, Lester B. Pearson lived a life which took him from a childhood in rural Ontario to the apex of international politics. The first volume of his memoirs follows him from his youth as the son of a Methodist preacher to his decision to enter politics in 1948.

In this volume of Mike, Pearson recalls his university years at the University of Toronto and St. John’s College, Oxford, his military service in the First World War, and his return to the University of Toronto in 1923 to teach history and, in his spare time, coach football and hockey. In 1928, Pearson joined the Department of External Affairs, rapidly rising through the ranks to become ambassador to the United States by 1945.

Mike captures Pearson’s intellect, his sense of humour, and his humanity, offering a charming look at the youth of a great statesman. This new edition features a foreword by Pearson cabinet minister and former prime minister Jean Chrétien.

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Mike captures Pearson’s intellect, his sense of humour, and his humanity, offering a charming look at the youth of a great statesman.

Mike: The Memoirs of the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson, Volume One: 1897-1948

By Lester B. Pearson
With a foreword by the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien

© 2015

One of Canada’s most dynamic prime ministers, Lester B. Pearson lived a life which took him from a childhood in rural Ontario to the apex of international politics. The first volume of his memoirs follows him from his youth as the son of a Methodist preacher to his decision to enter politics in 1948.

In this volume of Mike, Pearson recalls his university years at the University of Toronto and St. John’s College, Oxford, his military service in the First World War, and his return to the University of Toronto in 1923 to teach history and, in his spare time, coach football and hockey. In 1928, Pearson joined the Department of External Affairs, rapidly rising through the ranks to become ambassador to the United States by 1945.

Mike captures Pearson’s intellect, his sense of humour, and his humanity, offering a charming look at the youth of a great statesman. This new edition features a foreword by Pearson cabinet minister and former prime minister Jean Chrétien.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘[Mike] tells the first-hand story of that heady time, and tells it superbly well.’
    Peter Newman
    Globe and Mail

    ‘To anyone attuned to the ripple of humour, these are some of the funniest memoirs produced by a man of action. They are certainly some of the best written.’
    C.P. Snow
    Financial Times

    ‘Lester Pearson was prime minister for only five turbulent years, but through determined leadership he left an indelible mark upon his nation.  His memoirs with their endearing self-deprecating wit, polished prose, and perceptive sketches of people and places stand in the front rank of prime ministerial memoirs. Our greatest diplomat, Pearson combined a realist’s and a veteran’s understanding of the inevitability of conflict with an idealist’s insistence on a world where rules and decency prevailed. In Canada and the world he strove to lay in place the foundations of what he called the empire of peace, and few provided so many bricks for that still unfinished structure.’
    John English, Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto
  • Author Information

    Lester B. Pearson (1897–1972) was Canada’s fourteenth prime minister.


    Jean Chrétien served as Canada's twentieth prime minister.
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  • Table of contents

    Preface
    1 / Background and Boyhood
    2 / Touched by War
    3 / Finding a Future
    4 / Into 'External'
    5 / The International Stage
    6 / Canada House in London
    7 / The Drift to War
    8 / War Years in London
    9 / Canadian War Problems
    10 / Ottawa Interlude
    11 / On to Washington
    12. / Made Excellent
    13 / Preparing for Peace
    14 / The Birth of the United Nations
    15 / Minister of the Crown
    Index

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