Running Tough: The Story of Vancouver's Jack Diamond

By: Sirotnik, Gareth

Price: $179.95

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Book Condition: Good


0969368003 245 pages. Index. Bibliography. "In 1926, four months after leaving his father's once-prosperous farm in Galicia (then a part of Poland), Jack Diamond - age 17 - got off a rickety old boat in Quebec City with a straw suitcase and barely enough money to get him to Vancouver. Ten years later he was battling Canada's national corporations for control of British Columbia's meatpacking industry. Follows Diamond from horse-and-buggy potato pedlar to king of B.C.'s thoroughbred racing; from butcher to university chancellor (SFU)... Along the way, his story is interlinked with the collapse of three European empires, the growth of Vancouver into a burgeoning metropolis and influential people including W.A.C. Bennett and Supreme Court Justice Angelo Branca." - from dust jacket. A well-researched and very readable biography of this amazing sportsman, businessman and philantropist. Will be of special interest to those whose ancestors lived in Galicia early in the last century. Average wear. Usual library markings. A sound copy.