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For the past two centuries the Bank of Montreal has been at the centre of Canadas economic and nancial development. Mark- ing the bicentennial of Canadas rst bank A Vision Greater than Themselves tells the story of the nancial institution from its ori- gins to the present through its iconography. Exploring the Bank of Montreals past through images of objects its leaders key documents and forgotten advertisements Laurence Mussio illustrates how the Bank of Montreal emerged over time. He shares per- spectives on leadership culture community triumphs and challenges to offer a glimpse into the banks personality innovations tech- nologies nation-building projects and archi- tectural legacy. The mosaic that emerges provides a unique understanding of the Bank of Montreals experience over the years. Indi- vidually each visual reveals a self-contained story that is both entertaining and extraordi- nary. Collectively these objects impart a much larger story. Throughout this volumes pages a picture emerges of a bank that has shaped and been shaped by Canada and the North Atlantic world. Examining an astonishing range of mate- rial A Vision Greater than Themselves cele- brates the evolution of one bank and how it made its mark. Laurence B. Mussio teaches at McMaster University the Schulich School of Business at York University and Syracuse University in New York. He lives in Toronto. 1 2 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 A Vision Greater than Themselves The Making of the Bank of Montreal 18172017 laurence b. mussio A richly illustrated history of the making of Canadas rst bank revealed through carefully chosen images themes and objects. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S Published for the Bank of Montreal November 2016 978-0-7735-4829-9 39.95T CDN 39.95T US 30.99 cloth 12 x 10 272pp 200 colour illustrations Ebook available Also available in French Un destin plus grand que soi Lhistoire de la Banque de Montral de 1817 2017 978-0-7735-4828-2 39.95T CDN 39.95T US 30.99 cloth 12 x 10 272pp 200 colour illustrations H I S T O R Y B U S I N E S S