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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-911838-6
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 234 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-911839-3
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 234 pages
  • Keywords
    • Fraud,
    • The Canadian Problem,
    • Mining stock fraud,
    • Ernest Dawson,
    • Ponzi scheme,
    • Canadian history,
    • Family memoir

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A.E. Dawson and The Canadian Problem
by Leslie Y. Dawson

Insurance salesman. Farm hand. Bay Street elite. Writer. Grandfather. International criminal. A.E. Dawson was all these things--and more. Part family memoir, part criminal history and part adventure story, Swindler journeys from the bucolic English countryside to Toronto’s high society and a fetid Mexican jail. All the while it asks: what leads a decent man to crime? Leslie Dawson knew her grandfather had run afoul of the law, but it wasn’t until she researched deep family secrets that she learned the true extent of his crimes. A.E. Dawson was one of the first Canadians to be convicted both in the United States and Canada of stock fraud on a grand scale. This type of fraud was so prominent in Toronto during the mid-twentieth century that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dubbed it "The Canadian Problem." Swindler tells the story of how a cultured, accomplished man got caught up in the great Canadian pastime of mining stock fraud. Leslie Dawson weaves together her personal journey of discovery with well-researched historical context. She includes passages written by A.E. Dawson himself in this touching portrait of a talented yet much-flawed man.

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Leslie Y. Dawson is a journalist and researcher who has written about the Great Lakes, medicine, women in science, environmental issues, and family history. She holds a Master of Science degree with extensive publications in U.S. and Canadian periodicals. Her previous books include Managing Diabetes on a Budget, How to Save Up to $3000 a Year on Your Diabetes Costs, and No Goat Canyon, a book of poetry. In 2014 she won first place in the Tangent Lines Poetry Contest and serves with the board of Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets Society. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she grows orchids, herbs, and bonsai, and cooks for a crowd every weekend.


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