Could It Happen Here: Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit, by Michael Adams (2017)

Presenting a wide variety of newly available data about the alternate cultural similarities and differences between Canada and the United States (not to mention a wide variety of other countries, although the focus is primarily on the United States), this well-written and straightforward book by statistician Michael Adams manages to make heavy data palatable. Exploring the widely different reactions between the two countries to the topic of immigration and social integration, Adams presents a thoroughly researched essay arguing that Canada’s multicultural background provides some inoculation against the global rise of populism and nationalism. It’s an interesting argument, and while it’s restricted to the author’s interpretation of the data, it makes for a genuinely compelling read.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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