John Bartlet who?
You know, the historian and soldier.
The graduate of University of Toronto, Oxford, and Columbia, who taught for a few years at the U of T and then spent the rest of his academic career at Columbia.
Oh, that John Bartlet. Yes, yes, I remember him well.
But I do remember this quote (I think I got it from something Pierre Berton said in an interview), which I find attributed to him pretty consistently, although people do spell his name incorrectly and don’t say where or when he said it.
Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada,
while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
Ya gotta love a guy who can skewer both peoples so pithily. That, at least, is my story. Others respect him for different reasons.
The publication of his North Atlantic Triangle marked the high-water mark of continentalist scholarship. In this seminal study his “primary aim was to get at, and to set forth, the interplay between the United States and Canada – the Siamese Twins of North America who cannot separate and live.”