Canadian Pacific A Brief History   McDougall Dust Jacket 1968

Canadian Pacific A Brief History McDougall Dust Jacket 1968

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Canadian Pacific A Brief History McDougall Dust Jacket 1968
Canadian Pacific A Brief History By John McDougall Dust Jacket Copyright 1968   200 Pages
Canadian Pacific cannot help but think of itself as a young company. Its primary construction phase is just recently over; and so rapid are the changes imposed by membership in a dynamic society that its present employees think of themselves as working in a business in which nothing is set. But with the centenary of Confederation we were compelled to realize that the decision to form the Company was taken 87 years ago-which is the equivalent to the active life-times of at least five successive senior executives. There were a number of oral traditions floating about which grew vague as the years passed. There were others which took on a life of their own because they made a good story. It seemed time to take a look at the Company's history and see what was fact and what was unconscious embroidery worked by the passage of time and fallible human memory.
We asked Lorne McDougall to make this review for us. We both recognized that a complete history could not occupy less than three long volumes, so he was asked to produce something which was of more moderate compass, readable and interesting rather than exhaustive. We would limit ourselves to assigning a man to dig out materials from the Company files and from the Canadian Archives at his direction, but what he wrote was his responsibility. This book is the result.
We think it good to have a work of this kind embody one unified point of view - sharp, clear, looking at what the Company did from day to day in the light of the conditions of that day and of its own strengths and weaknesses at the time. The alternative seemed to be to have something which represented the work of many hands, all striving to extract what was controversial, so that it ended up a bland flavourless mass of facts; every fact verified, and most of them of no importance.
We hope that readers will enjoy this book and finish it with a clearer view of what Canada is all about and of how large a part Canadian Pacific played in its early development. But it should be clearly understood that while Canadian Pacific initiated it and caused its publication, it has no other responsibility for its contents

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