One of five finalists, here’s an excerpt of Norman Hillmer’s O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition.
Professor of history and international affairs at Carleton University
Norman Hillmer is a professor of history and international affairs at Carleton University. He was formerly senior historian at the Department of National Defence, working primarily on the multi-volume official history of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has authored more than 25 books and numerous articles concentrating on themes in politics, diplomacy, peacekeeping and defence, and immigration. Hillmer is the editor of Skelton’s voluminous papers, which were published in 2013 as O. D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923—1941. He lives in Ottawa.