Critics’ Reviews

“[A] thoughtful and very timely book. . . . A Thirty Years’ War describes, in great detail, a dynamic and a political dialogue that is still so relevant today. . . . [The book] provides invaluable guidance on how to avoid pitfalls from the past. . . . [I]t flags lessons learned, as, once again, injection of private cash is being mooted as an option to renew and expand our transit system.”

Andy Byford, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission (from the Foreword)

“To understand the evolution of cities at the end of the nineteenth
century and the first two decades of the twentieth, Ian Kyer’s study of
the relationship between Toronto’s councils and the City’s privately
owned transportation system is essential reading. Kyer writes with
authority, but with no hint of stodginess. I do not hesitate to
recommend A Thirty Years’ War, not only to today’s Torontonians, but to readers across the country.”

R.B. Fleming, Author of The Railway King of Canada
“Civil litigators, municipal law specialists, transportation law counsel and members of the solicitors’ bar interested in the psychology of negotiating contracts to the point of brinksmanship (not to mention those, like me, interested in legal history) are invited to read this 254 page gem [ . . .] The study of an historical legal subject, when ably undertaken as in this case, serves contemporary needs and draws much needed light on present-day controversies. A Thirty Year’s War may be enjoyed on many levels, but will prove valuable for advocates and for those who wish to avoid litigation.”
Justice Gilles Renaud, Ontario Court of Justice
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