Jack MacLeod (aka McLeod) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1932. He earned a BA and MA in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan before taking a PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto where he taught from 1959-1996.
An experience in Budapest during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 led him to begin writing political journalism, some of which appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Saturday Night, Books in Canada, Canadian Forum and the Journal of Canadian Studies as well as on the CBC. MacLeod published several academic works with the U of T Press, Oxford University Press and McClelland and Stewart and two political science text books. His two previous novels, Zinger and Me and Going Grand were on bestseller lists. Jack MacLeod is currently professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Jack MacLeod's first two novels, Zinger and Me and Going Grand, both published by McClelland & Stewart in the late 1970s / early 1980s, established him as that rare thing, a writer who could be funny while also dealing with ideas and social issues. Uproar, his long-awaited new novel, is the story of a marriage in free fall, a career on the skids and the era we have just passed through. Included among the zany list of characters is Zinger (Francis Z. Springer), the remarkable creation who made an appearance in MacLeod's two earlier publications. Don Harron has called Zinger "one of the most memorable character's in Canadian literature ...."