Over the course of a 25 year career as a journalist, Adam’s published work comes to several thousand articles and six books.
The books cover three areas – business & investing, sailing and ocean racing and history. He is passionate about all three which often intersect in unexpected ways.
Unstoppable Force is a privately commissioned book written in 2017.
It tells the story of the rise of India and China and why these economies matter to Canadian investors. The narrative is intertwined with the rise of Toronto’s Excel Funds, an emerging market mutual fund pioneer.
Excel’s founder Bhim Asdhir had the vision to provide investment opportunities in India when others hesitated. His firm celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. Excel was acquired by Sun Life Financial in 2018.
Beyond Endurance tells the story of the 1979 Fastnet race, the worst disaster in the sport of ocean racing.
On Saturday August 11 1979, 303 boats set sail on a 600-mile race from the south coast of England to a lighthouse off the Irish coast called Fastnet Rock. They expected a challenge, but not the fight for their lives that developed.
A storm of near hurricane-force descended on the fleet and within the space of 30 hours 15 people died, 25 boats were abandoned and 136 people rescued. It was the largest British air-sea operation since World War II.
Sea of Dreams
Seas of Dreams is bestselling story of the most dangerous race on earth, a singlehanded voyage around the world in a small boat.
The Around Alone was run every four years by the sailors passionate enough to undertake it. In 2002, thirteen sailors set sail from Newport, Rhode Island.
Among them was Derek Hatfield, a former fraud-squad Mountie, whose forty-foot Spirit of Canada had cost him everything he had. The race took the fleet through wild storms of the Bay of Biscay, the frustrating Doldrums and angry Southern Ocean, and around Cape Horn in an adventure that nearly cost Hatfield his life.
Sea of Dreams is available at Amazon
Dixie & The Dominion
Dixie & The Dominion looks at Canada’s role in the American Civil War, the last great military struggle on this continent.
The book examines the year 1864, with the war in its third year and a secret Confederate States mission sent to Canada. The mission set off a 12-month campaign of terror that saw raids across the border, the firebombing of New York City and an act of piracy on Lake Erie from Canadian bases.
As Canadians debated the terms of Confederation, they feared an invasion by the U.S. and that fear helped shape the terms of Confederation. Ultimately Dixie is about how Canada and the U.S are tied together by history as much as geography, sharing the same events, though seeing them very differently.
Acts of Kindness
For five years readers of the Toronto Star’s website shared their stories every day in a feature called Acts of Kindness. About 2,000 stories were published and a book republished the best of the best. Acts of Kindness is a an edited collection of 200 of the most memorable tales which illustrate that small things can often mean a great deal.
The stories are a reminder that goodness is non-denominational, non-political, and transferable across race and language. They also remind us that although our lives are full of hard realities, the smallest gesture can raise a spirit or lift a heart, and the time to do it is now.
Surviving Canada’s Separation Anxiety
My first book was co-written, very quickly, in the wake of the Quebec Referendum in 1995. The referendum proposed sovereignty for the province within a new economic and political partnership with the rest of Canada.
The economic analysis and investment picks in the book stand the test of time because they stress diversification and risk reduction strategies that apply in a broader context today.
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