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Ronald Wright (born 1948, Londonmarker, Englandmarker) is a Canadian author who has written books of travel, history and fiction. His nonfiction includes the bestseller Stolen Continents, winner of the Gordon Montador Award and chosen as a book of the year by the Independent and the Sunday Times. His first novel, A Scientific Romance, won the 1997 David Higham Prize for Fiction and was chosen a book of the year by the Globe and Mail, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times.

Wright was selected to give the 2004 Massey Lectures. His contribution, A Short History of Progress, looks at the modern human predicament in light of the 10,000-year experiment with civilization. In it he concludes that human civilization, to survive, would need to become environmentally sustainable, with specific reference to global warming and climate change.

His latest work What is America?: A Short History of the New World Order continues the thread begun in A Short History of Progress by examining what Wright calls "the Columbian Age" and consequently the nature and historical origins of modern American imperium.

Ronald Wright is also a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and has written and presented documentaries for radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic. He studied archaeology at Cambridge Universitymarker and later at the University of Calgarymarker, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1996. He lives in British Columbiamarker.


  • Cut Stones and Crossroads: A Journey in Peru, 1984, Penguin Books
  • On Fiji Islands, 1986, Penguin Books
  • Time Among the Maya, 1990, Penguin Books
  • Stolen Continents: The "New World" Through Indian Eyes, 1992, Penguin Books
  • Home and Away, 1994, Vintage Canada
  • A Scientific Romance, 1998, Vintage Canada
  • Henderson's Spear, 2002, Vintage Canada
  • A Short History of Progress, 2004, Anansi Press
  • What is America?: A Short History of the New World Order, 2008, Knopf Canada


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