The following year he became editor-in-chief at the Toronto Star (later publishing some of his best journalism in Home Country: People, Places and Power Politics, 1973) and changed his focus from politicians to members of the Canadian business establishment. In Flame of Power (1959), he assembled 11 profiles of the first generation of Canada's business magnates; next he explored the lives of those who currently wielded financial power in popular studies such as his 2-volume The Canadian Establishment (1975, 1981), The Bronfman Dynasty (1978) and The Establishment Man: A Portrait of Power (1982). A third book called Titans: How the New Canadian Establishment Seized Power was added to this series in 1998. His books have sold a perhaps unprecedented 1 million copies in Canada and he has had a profound effect on political reporting and business journalism, making them more personalized and evocative.
He was editor of Maclean's where for a decade (1971-82) he worked to transform the magazine from a monthly to a weekly with a Canadian slant on international and national events. In 1982 he resigned to work on a 3-volume history of the Hudson's Bay Co. In 1998, Newman received the Canadian Journalism Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Toronto Star's Excellence in Journalism.
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Bibliography - Peter C. Newman
See an extensive bibliography for popular Canadian author Peter C. Newman. From the website for Western Libraries.
Titans: How the New Canadian Establishment Seized Power
Read the text of Peter C. Newman's address to the Empire Club of Canada in which he discusses the differences between the old and new "establishment".