Richard Gwyn’s biography of John A. Macdonald wins Cohen prize

WCA is thrilled to announce that Richard Gwyn’s bestselling biography of Sir John A. Macdonald has won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing at a ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday night.

Nation Maker is “a fully rounded and compelling portrait of our first prime minister’s public and private life,” according to the Cohen prize citation. “Gwyn shows how Macdonald built a nation out of a reluctant union of impoverished colonies, and shaped the Canada we know today.”

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