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Intent for a Nation

October 2007

“Intent for a Nation is a firmly nationalist treatise – a book that sees Canada under imminent threat from Americanization – and this perspective is the source of its strengths and weaknesses. As a nationalistic critique, it is often powerful, providing important counterbalance to many foreign policy assumptions.

The Embassy, Oct 10, 2007
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Intent for a Nation

October 2007

“Intent for a Nation… is described as ‘a relentlessly optimistic manifesto…’ and it stands alone, mainly because most Canadian political writers are either Bush adorers, and one is embarrassed for them, or gloom merchants. …For them, Canada’s glass is not just half empty, it is entirely empty with a dry crumbly residue at the bottom of the glass. Whereas writers like Naomi Klein and this Michael Byers see Canada’s glass as very much half full. …We need Canadians like this speaking up or we’ll expire as a country. …I do urge Canadians to read Intent for a Nation. Wrap an arm around yourself and find your backbone. Speak up for Canada.”

CBC online, Oct 8, 2007
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Intent for a Nation

September 2007

“…[Byers] is a clever observer of the national scene with a gift for presenting the big picture.”

The Chronicle Herald, Sep 30, 2007
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Intent for a Nation

September 2007

“For anyone who loves Canada, hates Canada or is ambivalent about this whole vast land mass and its contrarian population of self-doubters, Intent for a Nation may be the most exciting book to appear in decades. Subtitled What is Canada For?... the book is an assemblage of new ideas and timeless values turned out in fresh new clothes.”

Ottawa Citizen, Sep 16, 2007
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Intent for a Nation

July 2007

“In Intent for a Nation, [Byers] livens up the political analysis by deftly folding in anecdotes. To investigate climate change in the Arctic, he hops aboard the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen. In the Middle East, he teaches war law to lawyers in the Israeli Defence Forces. …You may wonder if the optimistic tone of [the book] is justified. In arguing that the glass is half-full, Byers urges readers to get inspired by Canadians who are making a difference by acting as global citizens…”

Vancouver Sun, Jul 28, 2007
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Intent for a Nation

July 2007

“[Byers] …makes his point well. Canada would have better served its interests, its values and the sum total of human happiness over the past six years if its leaders had more often found the guts to call the Bush administration out on its failures and excesses – Abu Ghraib, extraordinary rendition, secret prisons and chartered CIA torture flights, many of which seem to have flown through our airspace and used our airports.”

Maclean's Magazine, Jul 9, 2007
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Intent for a Nation

June 2007

“…a passionate and cheerful call for international action, based on a diligent reading of our values and our potential...”

Globe and Mail, Jun 30, 2007
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Intent for a Nation

June 2007

"...one of the most enlightening reads I've lately come across.... Byers offers a consistently left-leaning perspective in a tremendously informative and thoughtful book."

Vancouver Sun, Jun 19, 2007
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Intent for a Nation

June 2007

Intent for a Nation is a passionate rebuttal of the notion that Canada lacks influence. …Byers notes optimistically, Canada has managed on several occasions to avoid simply replicating the US position. One of the most obvious examples is the Vietnam War. Lesser known is Canada’s decision under Pierre Trudeau to divest itself of nuclear weapons by asking the United States to remove its warheads from this country.”

Georgia Straight, Jun 14, 2007
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