The foremost figure from the years of responsible government in
Newfoundland, Robert Bond led a spectacularly successful but often tortured
life. Cultured and well-to-do, he tried to play the game of politics like a
gentleman, and over a period of 30 years never suffered a defeat at the polls.
This carefully researched and engaging biography delves into Bond’s life and
times, following him from his school days in St. John’s and England to his
rapid rise in the 1880's and ’90's and his time as prime minister in the first
decade of the twentieth century. Along the way it reveals his
relationship with his contemporaries, the unforgettable characters from this
rough and tumble time in Newfoundland politics.