Douglas & McIntyre
Why I Hate Canadians

Book details:

April 2007
ISBN 978-1-55365-279-3
Paperback - Trade
5" x 7 3/4"
336 pages
Humor
Humor HUM000000
Canadiana
$19.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Why I Hate Canadians

10th Anniversary Edition

First published in 1997, this hilarious book launched satirist Will Ferguson's career. Challenging the notion that Canadians are "nice," the book asks, "Do we as Canadians deserve a country so great?" Tackling subjects from Canada's favorite inb


The 10th-anniversary edition of Will Ferguson's hilarious bestseller, with a new introduction by the author

"Why I Hate Canadians"-brash, shrewd and refreshingly original-is the book that launched Will Ferguson's career. Since its publication in 1997, this bitingly satirical look at our national delusions has sold more than 50,000 copies and generated widespread debate. Love it or hate it, Why I Hate Canadians has been impossible to ignore, and this 10th-anniversary edition will bring the book to a whole new generation of readers.

"Why I Hate Canadians" challenges the notion that Canadians are "nice," and it poses a cheeky question: Do we as Canadians deserve a country so great? Tackling subjects from Canada's favourite in-bred royals to the mighty beaver as national icon, from sex in a canoe to all-Canadian "superhero" Captain Canuck, Ferguson rampages across the cultural landscape. The book also provides a fast-paced, opinionated overview of telling moments in Canadian history--the "fun-loving days" of the slave trade (usually unacknowledged), the annihilation of entire First Nations ("shame about that") and internment camps (the tale of Japanese Canadians)--as well as our run-amok Mounties and our gleeful suspension of human rights during the October Crisis.

Often imitated, never matched, "Why I Hate Canadians" delivered an electrifying jolt to the CanLit scene. It smarted, but we've never been the same.

Will Ferguson has written nine books-including the international bestsellers Happiness and Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw-and was co-author of the massively popular How To Be a Canadian, which has sold 150,000 copies to date and won the CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year. In 2002, two of Ferguson's books were shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour: How to Be a Canadian and HappinessTM (aka "Generica")--the first time in the history of the award that an author had been nominated twice in the same year. (HappinessTM went on to win and has since been published in 26 languages.) In 2005, Ferguson won his second Leacock Award for Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw. The same year, he was awarded the Pierre Berton Award by Canada's National History Society.

Ferguson has lived in many parts of Canada, and his knowledge of Canadian nationalism comes from the trenches. During the 1980s, he participated in three misguided projects dedicated to fostering the Canadian spirit: Canada World Youth, Katimavik and Project Megapôle. He currently lives in Calgary with his wife and their two sons.

About the Author

Will  Ferguson

Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson is the best-selling author of Bastards and Boneheads: Canada's Glorious Leaders Past and Present, Canadian History for Dummies and the tongue-in-cheek ...

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