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Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent…

Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's…

by Peter C. Newman

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Izzy Asper should be a Canadian hero. He put together a multi-media corporation (including Canada's third national television network), gave generously to the community, and raised three fine children who are carrying on his legacy. And, he did it all from his humble beginnings in small-town Manitoba.

Peter Newman has written an excellent biography of Mr. Asper. The book chronicles Izzy's life, his business exploits, his personal love of jazz music, martiinis and Craven A's and his devotion to his home town of Winnipeg and his adopted home land of Israel.

Mr. Newman has obviously done a lot of research and makes Izzy come to life for the reader. The book is comprehensive, and the writing is excellent. At times humourous, at times analytical and, when appropriate, at times it reads like a novel of Bay Street wheelinga nd dealing.

My one criticism is that Mr. Newman's obvious dislike for Conrad Black, with whom Izzy Asper did busines, at times became too intrusive in the narrative. Mr. Black is not the subject of the story --- let it go!

Otherwise, excellent. ( )
  LynnB | Jul 17, 2009 |
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