the most honest and complete account yet of CanWest Global's rise.
Asper Nation is exceptional in demonstrating that concern about
CanWest Global's reach ought to go beyond the usual anxiety about
media concentration. . . . The best kind of book is one that identifies
a gap in the research literature, then fills that gap convincingly.
Asper Nation does just that. . . . Edge's fine book, with its closely
argued historical analysis, enlightened with media theory, should
encourage the creation of more such research for Canadian scholars
and citizens." Labour/Le Travail
"Edge provides an important record of the development of Canadian
media ownership and its consequences. . . . He makes a very strong
case about Canada's recent hands-off ownership and regulatory environment
as setting the table for the Aspers' market dominance . . .There
is great value in the context and scholarly analysis he brings to
the dramatic media story of the Aspers. It is a valuable contribution
and particularly useful reading for journalism and communication
students at all levels."
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
"Edge does . . . make a compelling argument for reform in
media ownership, an argument that deserves discussion across the
country. With democracy at least arguably at stake, Asper
Nation is a must read for anyone who aspires to active and
informed Canadian citizenship."
Globe and Mail read
“A news media researcher with a growing reputation. . . .
What Edge has produced, in effect, is a guide and interpretation
to the voluminous archive of Izzy Asper’s multifaceted career.”
Literary Review of Canada read
"Asper Nation is the best guide available to the machinations
and missteps that brought Canadian media to its banana-republic
condition. . . . A thorough and concise compendium of relevant information
and quotation, as the voluminous notes attest. . . . Edge’s
prose has a tabloid momentum to it. He’s at his best cutting
to the chase. "
BC Bookworld read
"A very readable account. . . . Edge's thorough retelling
of the Aspers' mismanagement of their newspaper properties would
be comincal were the stakes not so high."
Quill & Quire read
"Comprehensive, fast-paced, indispensable."
The Tyee read
"Asper Nation is a polemic, and should be read in that spirit."
Canadian Jewish News read
"A rant against Winnipeg's CanWest Global Communications,
its founder Izzy Asper, his children, and just about anyone else
who has been involved in running the company. Edge's grand theory:
The Aspers are out to impose an ultra- conservative, free-market,
pro-Israel agenda on the world through media dominance -- and they
should be stopped."
Winnipeg Free Press read
"Marc Edge . . . is emerging as one of Canada's leading media
scholars. . . . Asper Nation has a lot going for it: deep
research has produced a detailed history, with a healthy dose of
anecdote, and Marc’s 20 years in the newsroom are used to
good advantage. The book is a deep read but fast-paced. The writing
Notes From a Teacher read
"Edge does an excellent job of situating his
analysis in the context of Canadian regulatory structures, and the
current newspaper and broadcasting environments."
"It's a good thing Marc Edge found a teaching
job in Texas. Otherwise, the former reporter for the Vancouver Province
could have a hard time finding media work this side of the border
after writing Asper Nation."
Urban trendz read