John David Hamilton is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster who now lives near Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto. His grandfather was a pioneer cattle dealer who first visited Winnipeg at the start of the railroad boom in 1881. His father was a homesteader on the virgin prairie. He himself was conceived on a bush cattle ranch in Manitoba and spent his early years in remote settlements with his mother who was a frontier school teacher.
This pathbreaking book offers some nononsense truths about northern development.
"Arctic Revolution provides the general reader with a wonderful introduction to the modern Northwest Territories."
"Hamilton wends his way through the maze of conflicting social, economic, and political interests to present a readable account of a complicated scene."
"... this is a well-researched and well-written book and not without a solid dose of Northern humor."
"Hamilton has done well in weaving together the various strands of this complexity to create a coherent and intelligible whole."
"... the strength of the book lies in its very personal thoughts and ideas on an era of rapid change; students of the North will hope that many other personal accounts will appear in the future."