BEST BOOKS 2017

The Hill Times’ List of 100 Best Books in 2017

PUBLISHED :Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 12:00 AM

1. A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land, by Adam Shoalts, Penguin Canada, $36. 

2. All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey in the Lives of Others, by Carol Off, Random House Canada, $32.95

3. An Exceptional Law: Section 98 and the Emergency State, 1919-1936, by Dennis Molinaro, University of Toronto Press, 352 pp., $32.95. 

4. Are We Screwed?: How A New Generation Is Fighting to Survive Climate Change, by Geoff Dembicki, Bloomsbury, 320 pp., $28. 

  

5. Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care For All Canadians, by Dr. Danielle Martin, Allen Lane Penguin Random House, 298 pp., $32. 

6. Breaking The Ice: Canada, Sovereignty, and the Arctic Extended Continental Shelf, by Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon, Dundurn, 343 pp., $28.99. 

7. Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, by Peter H. Russell, University of Toronto Press, 554 pp., $29.95. 

8. Canadian Failures: Stories of Building Toward Success, by Alex Benay, Dundurn,  229 pp., $20. 

  

9. Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing The Human Spirit, by Lynn Gehl, University of Regina Press, 176 pp., $24.95.

10. Could It Happen Here? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit, by Michael Adams, Simon & Schuster Canada, 192 pp.,  $24. 

11. Dead Reckoning, by Ken McGoogan, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.-Patrick Crean Editions Imprint, 448 pp., $33.99.

12. Death in the Family, by John Chipman, Doubleday Canada, 464 pp., $30. 

  

13. Democracy Rising: Politics and Participation in Canada, by Bill Freeman, Dundurn, 208 pp., $21.99. 

14. Dominion of Race: Rethinking Canada’s International History, by Laura Madokoro, Francine McKenzie, and David Meren, UBC Press, $34.95. 

15. Down Inside: Thirty Years in Canada’s Prison Service, by Robert Clark, Goose Lane Editions, 320 pp., $22.95. 

16. Escape Hatch: Newfoundland’s Quest For German Industry and Immigration, 1950-1970, by Gerhard P. Bassler, Flanker, 259 pp. $19.95. 

17. Everyday Heroes: Inspirational Stories from Men and Women in the Canadian Armed Forces, by Jody Mitic, Simon & Schuster Canada, 320 pp., $24.95.

18. Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution, by Linda Silver Dranoff, Second Story Press, $24.95.

19. F-Bomb: Dispatches From the War on Feminism, by Lauren McKeon, Goose Lane Editions, $22.95.

20. Fighting For Space: How A Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle With Addiction, by Travis Lupick, Arsenal Pulp Press, 396 pp., $24.95.

21. Filling the Ranks: Manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918, by Richard Holt, foreword by Tim Cook and Jack Granatstein, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 347 pp., $39.95. 

22. Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions, by Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and M. Rose Olfter, University of Toronto Press, 160 pp., $66.

23. Forcing Choice: The Risky Reward of Referendum, by J. Patrick Boyer, Dundurn, 383 pp., $24.99.

24. Foreign Voices in The House: A Century of Addresses to Canada’s Parliament by World Leaders, by J. Patrick Boyer, Dundurn, 600 pp., $35.

25. Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness, by Shawn Micallef, Signal, Penguin Random House Canada, $29.95. 

26. Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and The Future of Hockey, by Ken Dryden, Signal McClelland & Stewart, 357 pp., $32.

27. Give and Take: The Citizen-Taxpayer and The Rise of Canadian Democracy, by Shirley Tillotson, UBC Press, 420 pp., $39.95.

28. Health Advocacy Inc.: How Pharmaceutical Funding Changed the Breast Cancer Movement, by Sharon Batt, UBC Press, 288 pp., $39.95.

29. Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and the Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763, by Jeffers Lennox, University of Toronto Press, $352 pp., $37.95.

30. How We Can Win: And What Happens To Us and Our Country If We Don’t, by Anthony Lacavera and Kate Fillion, Random House Canada, 262 pp., $34. 

31. Hunting the Northern Character, by Tony Penikett, Purich Books, 336 pp. $34.95. 

 32. Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made The World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier, by David Johnston and Tom Jenkins, Signal McClelland & Stewart, 232 pp., $40.

33. In Search of A Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey, CBC Massey Lecture, by Payam Akhavan, House of Anansi Press Inc., 387 pp., $19.95.

34. In the Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust, by Max Wallace, Allen Lane Canada/Penguin Random House Canada, $36.

35. Just Cool It!: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do, by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington, Greystone Books, $24.95.

36. Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine, by James Maskalyk, Double Day Penguin Random House Canada, 272 pp., $29.95. 

37. Making a Global City: How One Toronto School Embraced Diversity, by Robert Vipond, University of Toronto Press, 280 pp., $34.95.

38. Managing the Myths of Health Care: Bridging the Separations Between Care, Cure, Control, and Community, by Henry Mintzberg, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, $24.95. 

39. Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, by André Picard, Douglas & McIntyre, 256 pp., $22.95.  

40. Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough, by Doug Saunders, Knopf Canada, 249 pp., $27.95. 

41. Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care, by Gary Geddes, Heritage House, 312 pp., $22.95. 

42. Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs, edited by Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras, UBC Press, 336 pp., $95.

43. No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, by Naomi Klein, Knopf Canada, $24.95. 

44. Not My Party: The Rise and Fall of Canadian Tories, from Robert Stanfield to Stephen Harper, by Tom McMillan, Nimbus Publishing, 624 pp., $34.95. 

45. Oil’s Deep State: How the Petroleum Industry Undermines Democracy and Stops Action on Global Warming in Alberta and in Ottawa, by Kevin Taft, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 256 pp., $29.95. 

46. One Day Closer: A Mother’s Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home, by Lorinda Stewart, Simon & Schuster Canada, 288 pp., $32. 

47. Out Standing in the Field: A Memoir by Canada’s First Female Infantry Officer, by Sandra Perron, Cormorant Books, $24.95.

48. Permanent Campaigning in Canada, edited by Alex Marland, Thierry Glasson, and Anna Lennox Esselment, UBC Press 384 pp., $80.

49. Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to Present, by Robyn Maynard, Fernwood Publishing, 292 pp., $25. 

50. Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden, by Patrice Dutil, UBC Press, 394 pp., $89.95.

51. Religion and Canadian Party Politics, edited by David Rayside, Jerald Sabin, and Paul E.J. Thomas, UBC Press, 384 pp., $89.95.

53. Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace, and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform, by Carolyn Hughes Tuohy, University of Toronto Press, 672 pp.,  $125.

54. Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning, edited by Chandrima Chakroaborty, Amber Dean and Angela Failler, University of Alberta Press, 360 pp., $29.95. 

55. Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts Its History, by J.R. Miller, University of Toronto Press, 331 pp., $39.95. 

56. Rhapsody in Quebec: On the Path of an Immigrant Child, Akos Verboczy, Baraka Books, 246 pp., $19.95. 

57. Robert Bond: The Greatest Newfoundlander, by Ted Rowe, Breakwater Books, 250 pp., $19.95. 

58. Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists: The Origins of the Women’s Shelter Movement in Canada, by Margo Goodhand, Fernwood Publishing, 168 pp., $20.

59. Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975-1980, by Michael J. Molloy, Peter Duschinsky, Kurt F. Jensen, and Robert J. Shalka, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 582 pp., $39.95. 

60. Security Aid: Canada and the Development Regime of Security, by Jeffrey Monaghan, University of Toronto, 304 pp., $65.

61. Seeking Equality: The Political Economy of the Common Good in the United States and Canada, by John Harles, University of Toronto, 240 pp., $72.

62. Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, by Tanya Talaga, House of Anansi Press, 314 pp., $22.95.

63. Should We Change How We Vote? Evaluating Canada’s Electoral System, edited by Andrew Potter, Daniel Weinstock, and Peter Loewen, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 248 pp., $19.99.  

64. Sir John’s Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada, by John Boyko, Dundurn, 213 pp., $19.99. 

65. Strangers with Memories: The United States and Canada from Free Trade to Baghdad, by John Stewart, foreword by John Manley, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 267 pp., $34.95. 

66. Syria, Press Framing and the Responsibility to Protect, by E. Donald Briggs, Walter C. Soderlund and Tom Pierre Najem, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 240 pp., $31.99. 

67. Swingback: Getting Along in the World With Harper and Trudeau, by Mike Blanchfield, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 270 pp., $34.95. 

68. Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917, by E.A. Heaman, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 600 pp., $39.95.

69. The Blueprint: Conservative Parties and Their Impact on Canadian Politics, edited by J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt, University of Toronto Publishing, 384 pp., $32.95.

70. The Canadian Party System: An Analytic History, by Richard Johnston, UBC Press, 296 pp., $55.

71. The Charter Debates: The Joint Committee on the Constitution, 1980-81 and the Making of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, by Adam Dodek, University of Toronto Press, 432 pp., $95.

72. The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors: Canada at 150, by David E. Smith, University of Toronto Press, 224 pp., $70.

73. The Democracy Cookbook: Recipes to Renew Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador, edited by Alex Marland and Lisa Moore, Iser Books, 390 pp., $25.

74. The Campbell Revolution? Power, Politics, and Policy in British Columbia, edited by J.R. Lacharite and Tracy Summerville, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 350 pp., $34.95.

75. The Effective Citizen: How To Make Politicians Work for You, by Graham Steele, Nimbus Publishing, 263 pp., $29.95.

76. The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada’s Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage To A Foreign Multinational, by Elaine Dewar, Biblioasis, 381 pp., $29.95.

77. The Mighty Hughes: From Prairie Lawyer to Western Canada’s Moral Compass, by Craig McInnes, Heritage House, 320 pp., $32.95. 

78. The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands, by Jean-Christophe Boucher and Kim Richard Nossal, UBC Press, $34.95. 

79. The Politics of Ontario, edited by Cheryl N. Collier and Jonathan Malloy, University of Toronto Press, 351 pp., $42.95. 

80. The Politics of War: Canada’s Afghanistan Mission, 2001-14, by Jean-Christophe Boucher and Kim Richard Nossal, UBC Press, 320 pp., $95.

81. The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy, by Arthur Manuel and Ron Derrickson, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 312 pp., $22.95. 

82. The Shawinigan Fox: How Jean Chrétien Defied the Elites and Reshaped Canada, by Bob Plamondon, Great River Media, $36.95. 

83. The Unbroken Machine: Canada’s Democracy in Action, by Dale Smith, Dundurn, 151 pp., $21.99. 

84. The Unravelling: How Our Caregiving Safety Net Came Unstrung and We Were Left Grasping at Threads, Struggling to Plait a New One, by Clem Martini and Olivier Martini, Freehand Books, 240 pp., $23.95.

85. The Worst and Best of the Premiers and Some We Never Had: A Political Report Card, by Bill Rowe, Flanker Press, 268 pp., $19.95. 

86. The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds and Found Their Country: The Centennial of 1967, by Tom Hawthorn, Douglas & McIntyre, 160 pp., $26.95. 

87. They Desire A Better Country: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories, Iles désirent une patrie meilleure: L’Ordre du Canada en 50 histoires, by Lawrence Scanlon, translated by Daniel Poliquin, Figure 1, 263 pp., $45. 

88. Too Critical To Fail: How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructure, by Kevin Quigley, Ben Bisset, and Bryan Mills, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 397 pp., $39.95.

89. Trudeau’s Tango: Alberta Meets Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-1972, by Darryl Raymaker, University of Alberta Press, 359 pp., $24.95.

90. Trudeau’s World: Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84, by Robert Bothwell and J.L. Granatstein, UBC Press, 400 pp., $45.

91. Twenty-First Century Immigration to North America: Newcomers in Turbulent Times, edited by Victoria M. Esses and Donald E. Abelson, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 338 pp., $34.95. 

92. Turning Parliament Inside Out: Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy, edited by Michael Chong, Scott Simms, Kennedy Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, 320 pp., $26.95. 

93. Unbuttoned: A History of Mackenzie King’s Secret Life, by Christopher Dummitt, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 352 pp., $34.95. 

94. Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, edited by Andrew Bresnahan, Mahli Brindamour, Christopher Charles, Ryan Meili, UBC Press, 228 pp., $29.95.  

95. Vimy: The Battle and the Legend, by Tim Cook, Penguin Canada, $26. 

96. War Memories: Commemoration, Recollections, and Writings on War, edited by Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger and Renée Dickason, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 435 pp., $37.95. (Canadian 2017)

97. We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture, by Miranda J. Brady and John M.H. Kelly, UBC Press, 182 pp., $75.

98. With Faith and Goodwill: 150 Years of Canada-U.S. Friendship, edited by Arthur Milnes, Canadian American Business Council, Dundurn Publishing, 292 pp., $75. 

99. Why Dissent Matters: (Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss), by William Kaplan, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 356 pp., $34.95. 

100. You Might Be From Canada If…, by Michael de Adder, MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc., 132 pp., $19.95. —Compiled by Kate Malloy, editor-in-chief of The Hill Times 

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