Title: ARTHUR MEIGHEN: A WAY WITH WORDS
Subtitle: THE STORY OF CANADA’S 9th PRIME MINISTER
Author: RODERICK BENNS
Genre: NON-FICTION, MIDDLE-GRADE
Length: 78 PAGES
Publisher: FIRESIDE PUBLISHING HOUSE
Type of Book: SOFTCOVER
Received From: I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher.
Release Date: 2012
Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Although this book is targeted at young adults and middle-grade readers, I believe that Canadians of all ages will enjoy this short, but informative book about our 9th Prime Minister.
“Historians called Arthur Meighen (pronounced Mee-an) ‘arrogant’ a ‘heroic failure’ and the prime minister ‘who might have been’ … Yet in all of Canadian history, Meighen had no equal when it came to public speaking.”
The subject matter of this book is something that could have become a very boring read, but author Roderick Benns includes many funny anecdotes and “cool” facts about Arthur Meighen and his childhood which will help to capture and hold a child’s (and an adult’s) attention.
For example, when describing what Arthur was like, the author tells us that “…Meighen seemed to have no fashion sense at all and was absent minded whhen it came to everyday things. For instance, he once appeared in the House of Commons still wearing his bedroom slippers.”
I am ashamed to admit that prior to reading this book, I could not have told you who our 9th Prime Minister was, nor would I have reacted at all had someone said the name “Arthur Meighen.” I believe this is probably true of the vast majority of Canadians today (excluding those whose post-secondary education focused on either politics or Canadian history.) This is a major flaw in our education system.
I give kudos to FIRESIDE PUBLISHING HOUSE for creating not only this book, but also an entire line of Middle-grade books focused on our past Prime Ministers. I am thrilled that because of this patriotic publishing house, our next generation may feel more connected to Canada’s past than the current generation seems to.
This year is Canada’s 150th Birthday which makes it the perfect time to buy these books and to share them with your children. I highly recommend this book and will be reading and reviewing more books in the series very soon.
I rate this book as 4 of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
* I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher but this in no way influenced my review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Roderick Benns is an award-winning author and journalist. He is the author of The Mystery of the Moonlight Murder: An Early Adventure of John Diefenbaker and The Legends of Lake on the Mountain: An Early Adventure of John A. Macdonald.
He has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Ministers, and Senators, and has written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post. Roderick is a sought-after speaker on Canada’s history and its Prime Ministers.
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