Why are we so hard on ourselves when everyone else thinks we're wonderful? Walt Whitman, Marlene Dietrich and Bill Clinton all have had admiring things to say about Canada. At the same time, some of our patriots--including Northrop Frye, Margaret Atwood and Pierre Trudeau--are harsh critics.
David Olive has collected a witty and whimsical book of 600 quotations that show how critical Canadians are--and always have been--of themselves, and how foreigners are usually unstinting in their praise of Canada.
Canada Inside Out is a browser's delight and a feast of canny Canadiana. Perhaps we'll never figure ourselves out, but David Olive lets us revel in the sheer joy of our contradictions.
About David Olive
David Olive is the author of nine previous books and is an award-winning journalist whose business articles, news reporting and reviews have been published widely. Olive's articles have won eleven awards and honourable mentions from the National Magazine Awards, National Journalism Awards and the National Business Writing Awards. No Guts, No Glory: How Canada's Greatest CEOs Built Their Empires, published in 2000, was a finalist in the National Business Book Awards.
Currently a business columnist at The Toronto Star, David Olive has been the editor-in-chief of Report on Business Magazine, as well as a senior writer at the Financial Post and the National Post. He is a frequent speaker on business topics, notably corporate leadership, economics and business ethics, and is a lecturer in journalism.