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Literature has value, as a mirror and a window

The best stories help us understand ourselves by triggering introspection, guiding us to new worlds and ideas that exist beyond our normal experiences

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‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’

While it might be silly to argue the Berlin Wall came down because of Ronald Reagan, he demonstrated unusual prescience about the Soviet Union’s fragility

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The Road to Camelot offers fresh insights into JFK mythology

2017 is John F. Kennedy’s centenary year and a new book offers a deep dive into the details of his successful 1960 U.S. presidential campaign

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A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapot

For the CBC and others, a joke about cultural appropriation is more important than, you know, things like real racism

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Two women defined by and celebrated for a single book each

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee tackled the peculiarities and flaws of the American South of different eras but still plumbed some universal truths

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Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spiders

Rejected in love? Lost a job? Experienced a serious medical condition? Gone through a financial crisis? Spiders In Space offers comfort

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This is part 3 of 4 in the series Political friendships

The friendship between King and Lapointe formed the lynch pin of national unity during a key period of Canadian political history

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This is part 2 of 4 in the series Political friendships

The friendship of John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier was the crucible of Canadian Confederation

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This is part 1 of 4 in the series Political friendships

Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontain’ friendship allowed them to approach politics with moderation and principled prudence

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An influential book from 1940 laid the guilt of appeasing Nazi Germany at the feet of 15 public figures

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