Nation-Maker is the most recent of Gwyn’s seven books. All his earlier works were highly praised by reviewers and were best-sellers. The principal ones are:

John A, The Man Who Made Us
The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald
Vol. One: 1815-1867

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Published September 2007, this first volume of two follows the career and life of our first Prime Minister from his birth, in Scotland, in 1815, to 1867 and the triumphal achievement of his great project of Confederation.

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Nationalism Without Walls:
the Unbearable Lightness of Being Canadian

McClelland & Stewart (1996)
Can Canada truly maintain its identity as a country of communities? This book delves into a fascinating look at Canadianisms. Gwyn has some interesting perspectives: the North American Free Trade Agreement as a sovereignty-association pact; multiculturalism as a force of division.
"Presents some extremely thought-provoking theories and arguments about Canada's past, present, and future." -Vancouver Sun

The 49th Paradox; Canada in North America (1985).

The Northern Magus: Trudeau and Canada
McClelland & Stewart (1980)
Seldom has there been a political leader so complex, so impossible to predict, so difficult to understand, so private and yet so public, as Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Canada''s Prime Minister from 1968 to 1979, and again from 1980 to 1984. "The Canada of the twenty-first century is Trudeau's Canada."
"A delightful account for political junkies." - The Globe and Mail

Smallwood: the Unlikely Revolutionary
McClelland & Stewart (1968)
The name Joey Smallwood is synonymous with Newfoundland, for he brought this independent spirited place into Canadian Confederation. Coinciding with the province's 50th anniversary, Richard Gwyn's Smallwood has been revamped and re-typeset. The book recounts the life of the influential socialist, newspaper journalist and political figure that endured and overcame countless struggles in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
"A masterpiece of political reporting." - Ron Haggart, Saturday Night


The Shape of Scandal; A Study of a Government in Crisis, (1965)