BIG HISTORY: This is the greatest Canadian story ever told—epic in scope and essential to the creation of Canada as we know it today, for good and for bad.
AND YET: It has not been told in a major book for over thirty years, and never so well, and never so tightly focused that it fits in a single volume.
BIG PICTURE: Stephen R. Bown excels at writing big-picture history books, writing in a style that’s accessible, entertaining and engrossing.
“Absorbing and nuanced…. What distinguishes The Company’s popular history is Bown’s highlighting of those dynamic Indigenous polities and, as far as the historical records allow, some key individuals within them…. The Simpson era, generally featured as a business triumph in earlier histories, is a more fine-grained and melancholy tale in The Company.” —Maclean’s
“In The Company, Stephen Bown…tells the story of the Hudson’s Bay Company with verve and an astringent, contemporary slant…. Bown widens the lens to include a more-informed portrait of the peoples and a more-balanced assessment of the HBC’s impact during 200 years of monopoly…. The Company is compelling, both as a lively narrative about a corporation that helped shape North American development and as a thoughtful exploration of the complex indigenous cultures that once dominated the continent.” —Wall Street Journal
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