I am someone who has also long thought the possibility of a greater union between the U.S. and Canada is worth exploring and that such a union would benefit both countries in different ways. And I am excited to see a book on the topic –– the first one I have encountered. I appreciate Bill Seavey's other work and expect this will be a worthy example of his thoughtful perspectives. There are many different directions in which a greater union could proceed from, say, an actual merger--which seems unlikely for the foreseeable future--to further lowering of trade and travel difficulties/barriers along with learning more about the results and methods of the Canadian healthcare system (which has better outcomes and much lower costs than ours).
Dr. Lee Robbins, Professor of Management, Golden Gate University, San Francisco
Based on your website I think you are onto something. The running joke when I was in college was that the U.S. treats Canada like the 51st state . But that status has changed - more rapidly since 9/11, particularly given Canada's rather conservative (comparably) banking policies. (They didn't suffer the meltdown we did.) Honestly, we would be stupid NOT to look north to create a greater enterprise zone. Despite the handful of armed disagreements back in the day, Canada has been a steady and steadfast partner to us and we can learn and benefit from one another.
Jay Skiles, JD, MPA, U.S. government management consultant
"Bravo to Bill Seavey. He brings into sharp focus the many cultural similarities between Canadians and Americans, while at the same time flagging the myriad differences. The two nations may speak the same language and share many of the same attitudes and customs, but Canadians are a very different breed. Seavey's historical perspective and research illuminate the at-times "love-hate" relationship Canadians have with their kissin' cousins to the south."
Nancy Marley-Clarke, former speechwriter for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Macleans editor and blogger: The View From Hats and Heels.
"An accessible treatment of a very important subject"
John Rubino, author of How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust (Rodale, 2003), former Wall Street insider and editor of DollarCollapse.com
"America needs this book NOW!"
William Alarid, author of Free Help from Uncle Sam and Money Sources for Small Business
Americans often assume they know their northern neighbor. Canadians, after all, are pretty much like Americans, except for the people of Quebec, who--depending on who you ask--may not "really" be Canadians anyway (!) But what Americans don't know is that Canada is one of the world's leading economic powers, and that the American government often takes its relationship with the nation for granted. They shouldn't! In this insightful book, Bill Seavey examines U.S./ Canadian relations from two focal points: politics and personal relationships. He finds we need fewer assumptions--and more understanding--if the US wants to keep on good terms with their biggest and most important trading partner.
Fritz R. Ward, Ph.D., history professor and top 500 Amazon reviewer
Fritz Ward, a U.S. citizen, is married to a Canadian.