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A Man of Influence: Norman A. Robertson and Canadian Statecraft, 1929-68
A Man of Influence: Norman A. Robertson and Canadian Statecraft, 1929-68
By J. L. Granatstein
Deneau, 1981, 488 pp

This book is indispensable for the history of Canadian foreign policy in the mid-twentieth century, over which Norman Robertson for over 40 years exerted more influence than any other man with the exception of Mackenzie King and Lester Pearson. As senior career diplomat and twice Under Secretary of State for External Affairs, he presided over an era when everyone involved with Canadian foreign affairs knew everyone else and one person could keep track of all the relevant issues.