Canada and the United States
Ambivalent Allies

John Herd Thompson and Stephen J. Randall
Fourth Edition

A survey of Canadian-American relations—now in a new, completely updated edition


"Refreshingly sensitive to Canadian misperceptions of the United States as well as to the perennial American ignorance of Canada."
New York Times Book Review

"Informative and entertaining . . . Recount[s] with considerable verve the saga of Canadian-American relations over more than two centuries."
Times Literary Supplement

"An important book that promises to become the standard in the field . . . The reader is rewarded with a fair and insightful historical perspective of the complex North American relationship."
Journal of American History

"This timely volume constitutes a major addition to the growing library of scholarly works on Canadian-American relations. Given the growing importance of this multidimensional relationship even for the United States, one wonders why major studies of this unique bond remain relatively rare. . . . In sum, this important and useful volume, enriched by impressive footnoting and an exceptionally thorough bibliographic essay, deserves careful study and wide circulation. It should be on the reading list of all general courses dealing with Canadian-U.S. relations and it should be acquired by every North American high school, college, and university library. Perhaps most important, every Canadian or U.S. policymaker whose responsibilities include some aspect of Canadian-U.S. relations should know its contents well; this work is probably the best single-volume treatment of the subject to date."
Perspectives on Political Science

"A very solid piece of scholarship, written in a graceful, engaging manner that will appeal to a broad audience of readers."
American Review of Canadian Studies

"A book that will, for years, be the benchmark against which future studies of Canadian-American relations will have to be measured."
Contemporary Sociology

"A refreshing analysis of United States-Canada relations. . . . The book is articulate as well as interesting. . . . Thompson and Randall offer a variety of viewpoints about major historical events and show a commitment to accounting for alternative interpretations within their analytical interpretation."
Canadian Journal of Political Science

"A comprehensive, lively, and opinionated history of Canadian-American relations. The skillful weaving of social and cultural issues and concerns into their story, especially in the latter half of the book, and the placement of United States policy towards Canada with the other states in the hemisphere, are valuable contributions to the analysis of the relationship. . . . The book merits a wide readership by students, scholars, and others in both Canada and the United States."
Canadian Historical Review

“A sure-footed assessment of Canada's relationship with the United States.”
American Historical Review

“Thompson and Randall have the most cogent treatment of the Free Trade and North American Free Trade agreements available, free of partisan cant, with a clear balance of risk and benefits in the context of shifting hemispheric and global circumstances. . . . The authors never hesitate to explode myths and stereotypes, and not simply the Hollywood image of Canada. . . . They have defined the subject [of Canadian-American relations] for our times.”
Canadian Review of American Studies

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The United States and Canada have the world’s largest trading relationship and the longest shared border. Spanning the period from the American Revolution to post-9/11 debates over shared security, Canada and the United States offers a current, thoughtful assessment of relations between the two countries. Distilling a mass of detail concerning cultural, economic, and political developments of mutual importance over more than two centuries, this survey enables readers to grasp quickly the essence of the shared experience of these two countries.

This edition of Canada and the United States has been extensively rewritten and updated throughout to reflect new scholarly arguments, emphases, and discoveries. In addition, there is new material on such topics as energy, the environment, cultural and economic integration, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, border security, missile defense, and the second administration of George W. Bush.

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Page count: 464 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


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John Herd Thompson is a professor of history at Duke University and teaches in Duke’s Canadian Studies Program. His previous books include British Columbia: Land of Promises. Stephen J. Randall, FRSC, is a professor of history and director of the Institute for United States Policy Research at the University of Calgary. His previous books include United States Foreign Oil Policy since World War I.