The Public Life of John Wendell Holmes
The first comprehensive biography of a diplomat and scholar who shaped foreign policy during Canada’s golden age as a middle power.
It is hard to imagine a person who embodied the ideals of postwar Canadian foreign policy more than John Wendell Holmes. Holmes joined the foreign service in 1943, headed the Canadian Institute of International Affairs from 1960 to 1973, and, as a professor of international relations, mentored a generation of students and scholars. This book charts the life of a diplomat and public intellectual who influenced both how scholars and states-people abroad viewed Canada and how Canadians saw themselves on the world stage.
- Short-listed, Dafoe Book Prize, Dafoe Foundation 2010
- Commended, The Hill Times List of Top 100 Best Books for 2009
It took one of the rising stars in the study of Canadian foreign policy – Adam Chapnick – to take on this task. The result is a tour de force.- Duane Bratt, Mount Royal University