Christopher McCreery holds a doctorate in Canadian political history from Queenâ€™s University and is the author of more than a dozen books. He is private secretary to the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2010 he was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen. He lives in Halifax.
Savoir Faire, Savoir Vivre
Commemorating the Rideau Clubâ€™s 150th anniversary, this richly illustrated book celebrates the history of Ottawaâ€™s premier private club since its founding in 1865.
Co-founded by Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Ă‰tienne Cartier, the history of Ottawaâ€™s premier private club â€” the Rideau Club â€” is intertwined in so many ways with the development of Canada over the past 150 years. Commissioned for the Clubâ€™s sesquicentennial, this work by Canadian historian Christopher McCreery weaves together the story of the clubâ€™s evolution since 1865 with vignettes of how certain members made and continue to make it a very special place.
Â Â Â Â Richly illustrated, this bilingual book provides a highly accessible account of the Clubâ€™s enduring place in the nationâ€™s capital. From the early days of Ottawa as a rough lumber town to its present status as a centre of technological innovation, the pioneering spirit of the Clubâ€™s membership is exemplified by the prominent role its members have played in Canadaâ€™s national and international policy making, and in the arts, science, business, and commerce.