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Description - The Firebrand by William Kilbourn

In The Firebrand, William Kilbourn brings to life the rebel Canadian hero William Lyon Mackenzie. A skilled historian and an entertaining writer, Kilbourn reveals Mackenzie's complex character: able political editor, shrewd recorder of his times, efficient first mayor of Toronto, and gadfly of the House of Assembly. Kilbourn vividly recreates the ill-fated Mackenzie-led march on Toronto during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, an uprising of brave but comical farmers unprepared to meet musket and cannon, and deftly portrays the rebellion's aftermath and Mackenzies subsequent escape and exile. A reprint of William Mackenzie's own account of the Upper Canada Rebellion is featured. This touching, frequently hilarious book was originally published by Clarke, Irwin in 1956 and remained in print through numerous reprintings and editions for several decades, garnering praise such as "The Firebrand is a major step on the path to nationhood" (Globe and Mail).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781550028003
ISBN-10: 1550028006
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 139mm x 23mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Dundurn Group Ltd
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - William Kilbourn

William Kilbourn (1926 1995) was a noted author, activist, and Toronto politician. He was a Toronto alderman and the founding chairman of the Humanities Division at York University. His books include Toronto Observed: Its Architecture, Patrons, and History and Toronto Remembered: A Celebration of the City. Ronald Stagg is the chair of the Department of History at Ryerson University in Toronto and is the co-author of The Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837."