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The Canadian Manifesto

Written by: Conrad Black
Narrated by: Lee Goettl
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
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“The bell of opportunity tolls for us, and the world, for once, will listen. It is our turn,” writes Conrad Black in this scintillating blueprint for a bolder Canadian future.

Chipper, patient, and courteous, Canada has pursued an improbable destiny as a splendid nation of relatively good and ably self-governing people, but most would agree we have not realized our true potential.

Canada's main chance, writes Black, is now before it...and it is not in the usual realms of military or economic dominance. With the rest of the West engaged in a sterile left-right tug of war, Canada has the opportunity to lead the world to its next stage of development in the arts of government. By transforming itself into a controlled and sensible public policy laboratory, it can forge new solutions to the problems of welfare, education, health care, foreign policy, and other governmental sectors, and make an enormous contribution to the welfare of mankind. 

Canada has no excuse not to lead in this field, argues Black, who offers 19 visionary policy proposals of his own. He claims that this "is the destiny, and the vocation, Canada could have, not in the next century, but in the next five years of imaginative government.” 

©2018 Conrad Black (P)2019 Conrad Black

What the critics say

"Black’s Manifesto reminds us who we were and, therefore, who we are. In doing so, he lays the groundwork for us to consider who we might yet become." (Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto, author of 12 Rules for Life)

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very thoughtful and fast paced

kept me interested throughout and proposes many interesting ideas we should think seriously about.

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every Canadian should listen

Conrad gives hope to this failing democracy.
narrator needs to learn proper pronunciation of words.

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Interesting, but radical.

Enjoyed the history and the current state of Canada. Conrad has some good thoughts on economic growth but his ideas on government structure modeled after the French republic I respectfully disagree.
I wish Conrad narrated his own book rather than a guy with a north Chicago accent who cannot pronounce Saskatchewan or Canada like a Canadian.

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Insightful and entertaining

Any Canadian patriot would love this book as it details possible ways that Canada could actually be regarded as a great country on the world stage. This book perhaps over simplifies some complex issues, but it believe it to be very interesting and well founded. My one issue with this particular audiobook is the terrible pronunciation of some french words by the narrator.

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  • Matthew
  • 2019-08-14

Well written, but horribly narrated

It's infuriating that the narrator had obviously not gone to school in Canada and heard various Canadian names pronounced, and then hadn't even bothered to take 2 minutes to Google them before plowing forward. He repeatedly hit the silent 's' in "Lévesque", pronounced "Métis" phonetically as if it was an English word spelled "Mettis", same phonetic treatment of "St. Laurent", and emphasized the wrong syllable in "Saskatchewan". This was an interesting essay, overshadowed by this horrible narration.

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  • Monty
  • 2019-08-09

wrong choice of narrator

For a book by the exquisitely articulate Conrad Black, the choice of a non-canadian narrator, evidenced by his improper pronunciation of French names and "loo tenant" for "lef tenant" was a disappointing departure from my expectations. I wish black would have read it himself.