The Best Place to Be by John Lownsbrough
Expo 67 and Its Time: The History of Canada

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This book, heavy on details, facts and anecdotes, is a worthy addition to the now-crowded Expo 67 canon, one that digs quite deep investigating how this event touched so much of Canada, both then and now.
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A pivotal event in Canada’s history For six months in 1967, from late April until the end of October, Canada and its world's fair, Expo 67, became the focus of national and international attention in a way the country and its people had rarely experienced. Expo 67 crystallized the buoyant mood and newfound sense of confidence many felt during Canada's centennial. It becomes clearer, though, as its forty-fifth anniversary approaches in spring 2012, that Expo was something more than just a great world's fair. For many Canadians, it became a touchstone, a popular event that penetrated the collective psyche. The Best Place to Be takes a look at Expo and at the social and political contexts in which it occurred. It is above all a story of people: the young men and women who worked at Expo, the visitors, and the cameo appearances from the titled and celebrated, such as Elizabeth II, President Lyndon Johnson, President Charles de Gaulle (whose visit to Expo and Montreal became infamous), U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Margaret, Marshall McLuhan, Sidney Poitier, Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant, Twiggy, and Pierre Trudeau.
 

About John Lownsbrough

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John Lownsbrough is an award-winning journalist whose work over the years has appeared in Toronto Life, Saturday Night, Maclean's, Report on Business Magazine, Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, and the Literary Review of Canada. His social history The Privileged Few: The Grange and its People in Nineteenth Century Toronto was nominated for the City of Toronto Book Award.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by ALLEN LANE. 304 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by David M Shribman on May 04 2012

...The Best Place To Be, John Lownsbrough’s evocative remembrance of Expo 67 and of a time 45 years ago when the world came to Montreal to experience culture, explore national character, sow innocent dreams...

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Reviewed by Shawn Micallef on Jul 06 2012

This book, heavy on details, facts and anecdotes, is a worthy addition to the now-crowded Expo 67 canon...

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Reviewed by Shawn Micallef on Jul 06 2012

This book, heavy on details, facts and anecdotes, is a worthy addition to the now-crowded Expo 67 canon, one that digs quite deep investigating how this event touched so much of Canada, both then and now.

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