DR. FOTH is a well known, accomplished author. He has written eight best selling books.


His published books are:

"FOTHERINGHAM’S FICTIONARY OF FACTS AND FOLLIES" (2001)
"LAST PAGE FIRST" (1999)
"BIRDS OF A FEATHER,THE PRESS AND THE POLITICIANS" (1989)
"CAPITOL OFFENCES: DR FOTH MEETS UNCLE SAM" (1986)
"LOOK MA...NO HANDS" (1983)
"MALICE IN BLUNDERLAND" (1982)
"THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ROY PETERSON WITH GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ALLAN FOTHERINGHAM" (1979)
"COLLECTED AND BOUND" (1972)



"FOTHERINGHAM’S
FICTIONARY OF
FACTS AND FOLLIES"
(2001)

For over a generation, the illustrious Dr. FOTH has dispensed doses of his irrepressible wit and pith in the most eagerly devoured columns to appear in the most important newspapers and magazines of our day. In Fotheringham’s Fictionary of Facts & Follies, Allan Fotheringham offers his loyal readers an hilarious compendium of opinions, Fothisms, and profiles from the many subjects (and targets) that have fallen under his busy pen.

From Lord Almost to Larry Zolf, the Argos to The Zalm, the Foth’s telling anecdotes and brazen insights take us through the ABCs of the politicians, people and personalities who have left their mark on our time. Journalists, tycoons, magicians and prime ministers are praised and pilloried alike in this romp across the political alphabet.

Pay attention fans, DR. FOTH’S class is now in session…

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"LAST PAGE FIRST"
(1999)

For the last twenty-six years, Allan Fotheringham has been dissecting politics, people and events in his back-page column for MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE.

In “LAST PAGE FIRST” DR. FOTH presents readers with the columns he feels to be his most memorable. From an unforgettable car trip across Russia and the raccoon joys of Hearne, Saskatchewan, to his signature political commentary and a hilarious encounter with an urban raccoon, Fotheringham reveals the breadth and liveliness of his interests and concerns. Illustrated with Roy Peterson’s skewering cartoons, “LAST PAGE FIRST” offers a vivid and engaging portrait of the most successful collaboration in Canadian journalism-and of Canada itself in the last quarter of our tumultuous century.

Now Available in Paperback

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"BIRDS OF A FEATHER,
THE PRESS AND THE
POLITICIANS"
(1989)

"One Thursday morning in August of 1973, a thirty-two-year-old thief and safe-cracker by the name of Jan-Erik Olsson walked into one of Stockholm's largest banks, the Sveriges-Kreditbank, carrying undera folded jacket a loaded submachine gun and in a large canvas suitcase, reserve ammunition, plastic explosives, blasting caps, safety fuses, lengths of rope, a knife, wool socks, sunglasses, two walkie-talkies and a transistor radio. Ollson held four captives in a vault for six days. When the drama ended - without any deaths - the world learned of the apparent intimate relationship during the ordeal between one of the female employees and the criminal.

Dr. Nils Bejerot, the police psychiatrist at the time said, "It is to be expected that after a point, a bond of friendship springs up between the victims and their captors." It is commonly referred to as the "Stockholm Syndrome": the phenomenon wherein captives form a bond of affection with their captors.

This is the relationship, in essence, between the politicians and the press we are about to examine in the following pages."

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"CAPITOL OFFENCES:
DR FOTH MEETS
UNCLE SAM"
(1986)

"In an emergency, Canada will give you all the aid short of help."----BOBBY KENNEDY

"There is a reason for this book. Over the years your faithful servant, Dr. Foth, has repeatedly been called upon to examine the burning issues of our time. Vancouver has been rescued from the developer-mind, from those who wanted to pave Stanley Park and uglify the town with freeways. Similarly, Victoria.

Next, I directed my ministrations east to Ennui-on-the-Rideau, home of the Gliberals, the Regressive Convertibles and the Few Democrats. After the application of mouth-to-mouth gossipication, Ottawa was brought giggling and protesting into something vaguely resembling the twentieth century.

The next logical step seemed to be Washington especially since it calls itself the most important city in the world. It is the New Rome, full of black boxes and red buttons, all the switches and knobs that can blow us to smithereens. One might as well get close to the furnace if we are all going to fry."

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"LOOK MA...NO HANDS"
(1983)
An Affectionate Look at
Our Wonderful Tories

"In February 1976, after the Recessive Convertible Party of Canada elected someone by the name of Joe Clark as its new leader, the veteran Vancouver newspaper publisher Hal Straight was talking on the phone to Conrad Black. The Toronto establishment man, in his early meanderings to a hundred million dollars before he was forty, had purchased Straight's prosperous North Vancouver paper as part of the Sterling chain.

Straight wondered, over the phone, who this unknown kid from High River was. "Don't worry," Black assured him. "We'll get rid of him." Straight chuckles, over lunch one day in May 1983, and shakes his head. He does not understand central Canada, nor does he pretend to. "They'd just elected the guy and they're telling me, 'Don't worry. We'll get rid of him.'"

"The Tories are like cream --- rich, thick and full of clots."

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"MALICE IN BLUNDERLAND"
(1982)
Or How the Grits
Stole Christmas

"Someone, God knows, has to save the country," so the book begins. Allan Fotheringham's qualifications for the job are clear. As he points out, he has followed Pierre Elliott Reincarnation and his "forelock tuggers through five elections." He has "chased them through Italy, London, Sweden, Norway and the mental obbligatos of at least four press secretaries...I toughed it out because I long ago determined that God in Her wisdom placed me on this planet so as to keep the Liberals humble. It's a nasty job but someone has to do it."

So the humble scribe becomes knight in shining armour, and pits his valour against the might of the Natural Governing Party and all its unsuspecting minions. The result is "Malice In Blunderland" a singular, singing, inimitably funny view of the nation in a state."

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"THE WORLD ACCORDING TO
ROY PETERSON WITH
GOSPEL ACCORDING
TO ALLAN FOTHERINGHAM"
(1979)

" The proof that the economical way to political vivisection lies in the artist's pen rather than the typewriter can be shown quite easily. Some of our most skilled surgeons of the pencil press tried first of all to do it the other way. Only when they failed did they resort to the more awkward form of the printed word.

Pierre Berton, that shrewd observer of balloons dying to be punctured, started out by attempting to become a cartoonist at a Victoria art school. Bruce Hutchison, the dean of Canadian political reporting, a man who can still operate on a victim without benefit of anaesthetic, early on sold cartoons to the New York World. Charles Templeton, in one of his many incarnations, was a newspaper cartoonist --- before he found it was easier to become an evangelist.

The reporter can describe, endlessly the inane patter of that dispenser of bubblegum-for-the-mind. But only the caricaturist, as Peterson here, can deliver the truth: the essential jerk encased in headphones, a prisoner of electronics, nicotine, ratings and ego. Only exaggeration will set us free."

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"COLLECTED AND BOUND"
(1972)

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