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Thomson, Dale C.

Toronto, Macmillan. c1984. 50lpp, cloth, $34.95, ISBN 0-7715-9797-5. CIP

Grades 11 and up
Reviewed by Kenneth A. Elliott

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May

Based on eight years of research, Thomson presents the reader with an extraordinarily interesting and precise account of the maturing of Jean Lesage and of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec, which he so adroitly encouraged.

From the very first chapter, the reader is aware of Thomson's personal touch. This no doubt flows from the many personal interviews he had with the Lesage family. One is aware of the sparkle and buoyancy that could only have come from persons having had first-hand experience of the events themselves.

Although Jean Lesage is the main focus of this work, he is by no means the only personage Thomson has gone to great pains to analyze. In fact, many others, including the Honourable Rene Levesque are discussed in their early roles in governmental affairs.

Thomson gives an honest appraisal of the politicians and the events significant during the ten years between 1960 and 1970. The reader is confronted with both the assets and the liabilities of the politicians in the historical drama.

Author of Alexander Mackenzie: Clear Grit and Louis St. Laurent: Canadian. Thomson is currently a professor at McGill University, Montreal, in the department of political science. At the present time he is on leave in Paris, at the invitation of the French government, studying relations between Canada and France.

The volume is well-bound and sturdy, making it a durable addition to any school library. The table of contents lists the three major divisions of the work: "The Times and Life of a Politician," "The Modernization of Quebec," "External Dimension of the Quiet Revolution." References to all of the twenty chapters are provided in a special section. A brief appendix lists the composition of the government from 1960 to 1966. The reader will find the detailed index useful in research work. With wide margins and an extraordinarily clear type, reading the work is a pleasure. No library should be without a copy or two of this, Thomson's latest contribution to Canada's dynamic history.

Kenneth A. Elliott, Laval Catholic H.S., Chomedey, Que,
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