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Toronto

May 2015

Allan Levine has done us all a favour by devoting his considerable talents and imagination to writing a “biography” of Toronto. The city becomes more real and alive under his microscope, and his powers of narration and storytelling make this a lively and informative read...Despite the vast effort to bury and pave our past, and to turn our backs on the beauty of our geography, Toronto’s people, in all their diversity and conflict, still have their stories to tell. Allan Levine has done us a service by writing this story — and may others join in the discovery, debate, and storytelling.

Canada's History, May 20, 2015
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Toronto

Toronto

May 2015

"History buffs will thoroughly enjoy Allan Levine’s volume Toronto. This huge book is the result of (obviously) years of painstaking research and thorough writing. The book is neatly divided into chapters by thirteen historic periods, starting from 1615 when a French Canadian named Brűlé first arrived to Toronto’s location..."

San Francisco Book Review, May 11, 2015
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Toronto

Toronto

November 2014

“Ambitious in scope and masterful in execution, Allan Levine’s panoramic portrait of our city from its beginnings to the present is sweeping and opinionated, judicious and clever, insightful and gossipy all at once… His summation of the Ford years is simply superb…Let’s face it: for a writer like Levine, a mayor like Ford is a gift from heaven. And, for all of us who love Toronto, so is this book. Toronto: Biography of a City is a timely, vibrant history of our modern megacity as it comes of age.”

The Canadian Jewish News, Nov 20, 2014
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Toronto

Toronto

October 2014

“…a fond but not uncritical history of Canada's largest city… his handsome book…Toronto: Biography of A City reads well. It abounds with punchy portraits of the city's leading citizens: many scoundrels and a few tarnished saints. Levine is adept at linking historical events to today's news… Levine enlivens his tale with judicious helpings of sex, drugs and rock and roll… After reading it, many Canadians may agree with Levine's judgment: "In short, Toronto is one self-absorbed fishbowl." But it's our fishbowl."

Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 11, 2014
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Toronto

October 2014

“The subtitle of Allan Levine’s ambitious history of Toronto may seem stolid as the city’s British founding families, but it doesn't take long for the reader to realize how carefully chosen it is. Levine, who won high praise for his 2011 biography of Mackenzie King, treats the city as he would any biographical subject: as a constantly changing personality rooted to the historical moment by a set of defining passions, idiosyncrasies, blind spots, and complex relations with family members… Love it or hate it, Toronto is a slippery city to pin down... Levine’s excellent biography goes a long way to explaining why.”

Quill & Quire, Oct 1, 2014
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Toronto

Toronto

October 2014

“…an entertaining book. Levine has made an energetic career –I hope a successful one, he deserves it – of popularizing Canadian history with a big reach…he writes chatty history…bringing it alive again.”

Literary Review of Canada, Oct 1, 2014
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Toronto

September 2014

“…Levine’s shrewd and lively account of two centuries of Toronto history….”

Maclean's Magazine, Sep 18, 2014
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