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A Real Companion and Friend:
The diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King

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"Why are his Diaries Important?"

W.L. Mackenzie King writing the book Industry and Humanity

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W.L. Mackenzie King writing the book Industry and Humanity

First of all, the Mackenzie King diaries comprise 30,000 pages or approximately 7,500,000 words! Now, if we were to pile 30,000 pages into one stack of paper, the stack would be three metres high! Or think of it this way: if you were to put the stack of paper in your school's gymnasium, it would be as high as a regulation-height basketball rim! Amazing, that's one thick book!

Historians consider Mackenzie King to be one of Canada's greatest Prime Ministers and also consider that his diaries, written almost every day for 57 years, are an invaluable historical treasure documenting behind-the-scenes information about important political and social events throughout the first half of the 20th century. Diary writing, in itself, is considered an art form and the Mackenzie King diaries represent an important Canadian literary work.

One of the great ways to explore the diaries is to choose a meaningful or important date from history then discover the behind-the-scenes thinking of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Here is truly a unique opportunity! This is a man who influenced world events, and Canadians now are privileged to have access to his personal diaries.