CANADA: Wee But Great

When King George V named little John Buchan to be his Governor General of Canada in 1935, Canadians knew him only as the prolific author of nearly 50 books. In England his fame rested chiefly on his immensely popular adventure fiction. "Mr. Buchan," a London newspaperman asked him, "how would you describe yourself?" "I am a typical Scot of the border breed," wryly replied John Buchan.

Actually, this border Scot had already packed five noteworthy careers into his amazingly versatile life, was fully equipped with energy and brains to start another at...

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