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Henry Aubin

Henry Trocmé Aubin

  • Historian, fiction writer and retired journalist.
  • Attended Metuchen High School (New Jersey) and École des Roches, a boarding school in France co-founded by his grandfather.
  • Graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in English. Received a Canadian Bar Association fellowship to study law at Université Laval.
  • Lived in Montreal since 1973.
  • Married Penelope Morgan; they have four grown children.
Author of:
The Rescue of Jerusalem: The Alliance between Hebrews and Africans in 701 BC (2002)
City for Sale: International Financiers Take a Major North American City by Storm (1977)
Rise of the Golden Cobra (fiction, 2007)
Who’s Afraid of Demergers? The Straight Goods on Quebec’s Megacities (2004)

Co-author of:
Questions d’éthique: Jusqu’où peuvent aller les journalistes? (1991)

 

Recent news:

  • In production: To my surprise, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is making an hour-long film marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of City for Sale. (I had assumed the book was forgotten.) The book is an investigation of the global investment forces that drive 1) the “manhattanization” of major cities and 2) the growth of suburban sprawl. Montreal is the subject of the research, which took place in seven countries. (See link to “Journalism.”) The film is the initiative of Martin Frigon. Scheduled broadcast: late 2017.
  • In production: National Film Board of Canada film is also preparing a film showing the enduring relevance of City for Sale’s 1977 findings, with a focus on how interests related to the fossil-fuel and automobile industries pushed suburban sprawl in the Montreal area. There are to be both English and French versions. Expected broadcast: 2018.
  • In production: A book-length evaluation is underway of The Rescue of Jerusalem: The Alliance between Hebrews and Africans in 701 BC (2002). Leading scholars from different disciplines (Egyptology, Assyriology, biblical history and Nubiology) are to assess (in separate essays) the book’s central thesis. Sponsoring the project is The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
  •  Research underway: a follow-up book to The Rescue of Jerusalem.
  • Commencement speech at Marianopolis College, Montreal, June 16, 2015