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The Hill Times’ 100 Best Political, History, Public Policy Books in 2018

By Kate Malloy      
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A Conviction in Question: The First Trial at the International Criminal Court, by Jim Freedman, University of Toronto Press, 208 pp., $32.95.

All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward, by Tanya Talaga, House of Anansi Press, 320 pp., $19.95.

All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Elizabeth Hay, McClelland & Stewart, 272 pp., $32.

Antigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, Ivo Van Hove and the Art of Resistance, by Will Aitken, University of Regina Press, 240 pp., $24.95.

 A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada, by Christopher Alcantara and Jen Nelles, University of Toronto Press, 180 pp., $25.95.

A Civil Society? Collective Actors in Canadian Political Life, Second Edition, by Miriam Smith, University of Toronto Press, 240 pp., $32.95.

Assisted Reproduction Policy in Canada: Framing, Federalism, and Failure, by Dave Snow, University of Toronto Press, 185 pp., $25.95.

At The Centre of Government: The Prime Minister and the Limits and Political Power, by Ian Brodie, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 198 pp., $34.95.

Beardmore: The Viking Hoax That Rewrote History, by Douglas Hunter, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 475 pp., $34.95. 

Being Prime Minister, by J.D.M. Stewart, Dundurn, 338 pp., $26.99.

Being Ts’elxwéyeqw: First Peoples’ Voices and History from the Chilliwack-Fraser Valley, British Columbia, edited by David M. Schaepe, Harbour Publishing, 304 pp., $94.95.

Boys: What It Means to Become a Man, by Rachel Giese, Patrick Crean Editions, 272 pp., $32.99.

Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro, by Sarah Cox, foreword by Alex Neve, UBC Press, On Point Press, 312 pp., $24.95.

Breaking News? Politics, Journalism, and Infotainment on Quebec Television, by Frédérick Bastien, translated by Kathe Roth, UBC Press, 236 pp., $29.95.

Celebrating Canada, Volume 2: Commemorations, Anniversaries and National Symbols, edited by Raymond B. Blake and Matthew Hayday, University of Toronto Press, 408 pp., $39.95.

Challenging Theocracy: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics, edited by David Edward Tabachnick, Toivo Koivukoski, and Herminio Meireles Teixeira, University of Toronto Press, 352 pp., $37.95.

Cold Rush: The Astonishing True Story of the New Quest for the Polar North, by Martin Breum, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 224 pp., $34.95.

Contemporary Inequalities and Social Justice in Canada, edited by Janine Brodie, University of Toronto Press, 210 pp., $32.95.

Costly Fix: Power, Politics, and Nature in the Tar Sands, by Ian Urquhart, University of Toronto Press, 336 pp., $39.95.

Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany, by Ted Barris, Patrick Crean Editions, 472 pp., $34.99.

Detained: Islamic Fundamentalist Extremism and the War on Terror in Canada, by Daniel Livermore, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 360 pp., $34.95.

Dirty Hands and Vicious Deeds: The U.S. Government’s Complicity in Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide, edited by Samuel Totten, University of Toronto Press, 464 pp., $44.95.

Displacing Blackness: Power, Planning, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax, by Ted Rutland, University of Toronto Press, 400 pp., $39.95.

Dominion Race: Rethinking Canada’s International History, edited by Laura Madakoro, Francine McKenzie and David Meren, UBC Press, 332 pp., $34.95.

Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development, by Ann Dale, Fernweh Press, 154 pp., $29.95.

European Union Governance and Policy Making: A Canadian Perspective, edited by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Achim Hurrelmann, and Amy Verdun, University of Toronto Press, 544 pp., $49.95.

Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing, by Alok Mukherjee with Tim Harper, Douglas & McIntyre, 296 pp., $22.95.

Federalism and Decentralization in Health Care: A Decision-Space Approach, edited by Gregory P. Marchildon and Thomas J. Bossert, University of Toronto Press, 272 pp., $29.95.

Federalism in Action: The Devolution of Canada’s Public Employment Service, 1995-2015, by Donna E. Wood, University of Toronto Press, 416 pp., $90.

Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction, by Travis Lupick, Arsenal Pulp Press, 408 pp., $24.95.

Globalizing Confederation: Canada and the World in 1867, edited by Jacqueline D. Krikorian, Marcel Martel, Adrian Shubert, University of Toronto Press, 240 pp., $24.95.

Government Digital: The Quest to Regain Public Trust, by Alex Benay, Dundurn, 218 pp., $22.99.

Heart Berries: A Memoir, by Terese Marie Mailhot, Doubleday Canada, $19.95.

Homes: A Refugee Story, by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah told by Winnie Yeung, Freehand Books, 220 pp., $19.95.

In Praise of Blood: The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, Judi Rever, Random House Canada, 277 pp., $32.

Inside Politics, by L. Ian MacDonald, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 357 pp., $39.95.

John A. Macdonald: The Young Politician and the Old Chieftain, by Donald Creighton, University of Toronto Press, 1,208 pp., $60.

Ladies, Upstairs!: My Life in Politics and After, by Monique Bégin, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 492 pp., $34.95.

Land of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road, by Kate Harris, HarperCollins, $24.99.

Lived Fictions: Unity and Exclusion in Canadian Politics, by John Grant, UBC Press, 304 pp., $34.95.

Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, by Darrel J. McLeod, Douglas & McIntyre, 240 pp., $29.95.

Mediocracy: The Politics of the Extreme Centre, by Alain Deneault, translated by Catherine Browne, Between the Lines, 190 pp., $22.95.

Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, by Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcskik, Allen Lane Canada, Penguin Press, 304 pp., $28.

Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs, edited by Asa McKercher and Galden Roger Perras, UBC Press, 380 pp., $34.95.

Monarchists vs. Republicans and the Crown of Canada, by David Johnson, Dundurn, 288 pp., $26.99.

Motherhood: The Mother of All Sexism, by Marilyse Hamelin, translated by Ariele Aaronson, Baraka Books, 176 pp., $16.95.

My Stories, My Time, by Jean Chrétien, translated by Donald Winkler and Sheila Fischman, Penguin Random House Canada, 228 pp., $34.95.

Ms. Prime Minister: Gender, Media, and Leadership, by Linda Trimble, University of Toronto Press, 320 pp., $34.95.

100 Questions About Women and Politics, by Manon Tremblay, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 287 pp., $27.95.

Operation Medusa: The Furious Battle That Saved Afghanistan from the Taliban, by David Fraser and Brian Hanington, Penguin Random House, 246 pp., $32.

Our Canada Our Country Our Stories: Inspirational Tales from the Heart and Soul of this Great Land, by Our Canada Magazine a Division of Reader’s Digest, Reader’s Digest, 320 pp., $19.99.

Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, by Marcello Di Cintio, Goose Lane Editions, 268 pp., $22.95.

Permanent Campaigning in Canada, edited by Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson, and Anna Lennox Esselment, UBC Press, 384 pp., $34.95.

Pipe Dreams: The Fight For Canada’s Energy Future, by Jacques Poitras, Viking, 322 pp., $34.

Political Economy and the Modern State, by Harold A. Innis, edited by Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor, University of Toronto Press, 400 pp., $95.

Political Elites in Canada: Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times, edited by Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Andrea Lawlor, UBC Press, 340 pp., $34.95.

Power, Politics, and Principles: Mackenzie King and Labour, 1935-1948, by Taylor Hollander, University of Toronto Press, 384 pp., $36.95.

Power, Prime Ministers and the Press: The Battle for Truth on Parliament Hill, by Robert Lewis, Dundurn, 375 pp., $24.

Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden, by Patrice Dutil, UBC Press, 412 pp., $34.95.

Protecting Multiculturalism: Muslims, Security, and Integration in Canada, by John S. McCoy, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 283 pp., $32.95.

Public Security in Federal Politics, edited by Christian Leuprecht, Mario Kölling, and Todd Hataley, University of Toronto Press, 288 pp., $75.

Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession, by Elaine Craig, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 328 pp., $34.95.

Reassessing the Rogue Tory: Canadian Foreign Relations in the Diefenbaker Era, edited by Janice Cavell and Ryan M. Touhey, UBC Press, 316 pp., $32.95.

Religion and Canadian Party Politics, by David Rayside, Jerald Sabin, and Paul. E.J. Thomas, UBC Press, 448 pp., $34.95.

Report on Social Security, by Leonard Marsh, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 286 pp., $110.

Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies, by Royce Koop, Heather Bastedo, and Kelly Blidook, UBC Press, 248 pp., $32.95.

Rick Mercer Final Report, by Rick Mercer, Doubleday Canada, $32.

Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption, by Stephen Harper, Signal/McClelland & Stewart, 240 pp., $32.95.

Seeing Red: HIV/AIDS and Public Policy in Canada, edited by Suzanne Hindmarch, Michael Orsini, and Marilou Gagnon, University of Toronto Press, 352 pp., $36.95.

Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens, Fourth Edition: A History of Native-newcomer Relations in Canada, by J.R. Miller, University of Toronto Press, 576 pp., $49.95.

Small Cities, Big Issues: Reconceiving Community in a Neoliberal Era, edited by Christopher Walmsley and Terry Kading, Athabasca University Press, 364 pp., $37.95.

Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir, by Mark Critch, Penguin Random House Canada, $32.95.

Symbols of Canada, edited by Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney, and Donald Wright, Between the Lines, 249 pp., $37.95.

Take the Torch: A Political Memoir, by Ian Waddell, Nightwood Editions, 256 pp., $22.95.

The Age of Increasing Inequality: The Astonishing Rise of Canada’s 1%, by Lars Osberg, Lorimer, 248 pp., $29.95.

The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home, by Tima Kurdi, Simon & Schuster Canada, 272 pp., $32.

The Canadian Kingdom: 150 Years of Constitutional Monarchy, edited by D. Michael Jackson, Dundurn, 242 pp., $25.

The Canadian Subjugation of Canadian Wildlife: Failures of Principle and Policy, by Max Foran, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 424 pp., $39.95.

The Effective Citizen: How To Make Politicians Work For You, by Graham Steele, Nimbus, 264 pp., $29.95.

The Lamb and The Tiger: From Peacekeepers to Peacewarriors in Canada, by Stanley R. Barrett, University of Toronto Press, 186 pp., $24.95.

The Making of the October Crisis: Canada’s Long Nightmare of Terrorism at the Hands of the FLQ, by D’Arcy Jenish, Doubleday Canada, 360 pp., $35.

The Politics of War: Canada’s Afghanistan Mission, 2001-14, by Jean-Christophe Boucher and Kim Richard Nossal, UBC Press, 300 pp., $34.95.

The Price of Alliance: The Politics and Procurement of Leopard Tanks for Canada’s NATO Brigade, by Frank Maas, UBC Press, 188 pp., $32.95.

The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada, by Mildred A. Schwartz and Raymond Tatalovich, University of Toronto Press, 240 pp., $29.95.

The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War, by Tim Cook, Allen Lane, 472 pp., $35.

The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, Lindsay Wong, Arsenal Pulp Press, 304 pp., $19.95.

Toward A Better World: Memoirs of a Life in International and Development Economics, by Gerry Helleiner, University of Toronto Press, 304 pp., $70.

Toward Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Cities: Lessons from Critical Praxis-Oriented Research, edited by Fran Klodoawsky, Janet Siltanen, and Caroline Andrew, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 354 pp., $37.95.

Tracing Ochre: Changing Perspectives on the Beothuk, edited by Fiona Polack, University of Toronto Press, 368 pp., $36.95.

Trust, Distrust, Mistrust in Multinational Democracies: Comparative Perspectives, edited by Dimitrios Karmis and François Rocher, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 384 pp., $34.95.

Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country, by David Johnston, Signal McClelland & Stewart, 218 pp., $29.95.

Turbulent Empires: A History of Global Capitalism since 1945, by Mike Mason, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 368 pp., $34.95.

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation With Indigenous Peoples a Reality, by Bob Joseph, Raincoast Books, 160 pp., $19.95.

Uneasy Partnership: The Politics of Business and Government in Canada (Second Edition), by Geoffrey Hale, University of Toronto Press, 433 pp., $54.95.

University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate & Dissent on Campus, by Peter MacKinnon, University of Toronto Press, 168 pp., $24.95.

Westray: My Journey from Darkness to Light, by Vernon Theriault as told to Marjorie Coady, Nimbus, 162 pp., $18.95.

Why Control Immigration? Strategic Uses of Migration Management in Russia, by Caress Schenk, University of Toronto Press, 304 pp., $85.

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, by Daniel Heath Justice, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 260 pp., $19.99.

Why Young Men: Rage, Race, and the Crisis of Identity, by Jamil Jivani, HarperCollins, 272 pp., $32.99.—Compiled by Kate Malloy, editor of The Hill Times, and based partly on bestseller lists for non-fiction Canadian books in 2018, book reviews, The Writers’ Trust, The Donner Prize, and BookNet Canada. The listed is ordered, alphabetically. 

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