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The Ordinary Genius: A Life of Arnold Plattby Ken Hoeppner
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Occasionally, and if we are very fortunate, we meet someone who inspires us. Arnold Platt was such a person—he influenced and inspired many people whose lives he touched. His accomplishments suggest his genius, but as he chose the path of influence rather than power, his contributions were seldom credited publicly. How he came to have that influence and how he used it is a good story. But his story is also an illustration of agriculture’s role in shaping Canada’s political, economic, and social life in the twentieth century.
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Hoeppner, a post-secondary teacher in Alberta who worked with Platt (1909-96) on issues of land use and communal farming, celebrates the life and career of the plant breeder, government and organization administrator, and advocate for the economic development of rural Alberta. Distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The development of agriculture in Alberta owes much to Arnold W. Platt, who set out to plant a seed of positive change. Whether as a plant breeder, an organizer for the Farmers Union of Alberta, or a commissioner for the McPherson Royal Commission on Transportation, Platt applied his inventive and creative thinking to problems of rural development in twentieth century Alberta. In The Ordinary Genius, Ken Hoeppner pays homage to the accomplishments of this modest man, whose lifes work continues to resonate in farmlands across the Prairies. This detailed and thoroughly researched story will appeal to western history enthusiasts, agriculture specialists, and farmers.
In The Ordinary Genius, Ken Hoeppner pays homage to the accomplishments of this Arnold W. Platt, whose life’s work continues to resonate in farmlands across the Prairies. This detailed and thoroughly researched story will appeal to western history enthusiasts, agriculture specialists, and farmers.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Calgary, Ken Hoeppner has taught at post-secondary institutions in Alberta. During the 1970s he worked with Arnold Platt on issues of land use and communal farming.
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