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Alex B. Campbell: The Prince Edward Island Premier Who Rocked The Cradle tells the story of Alex B. Campbell, Prince Edward Island's longest-serving premier (1966-78) and the youngest person elected first minister in Canada in the 20th century. He led his province through a period of transformative change and stepped down in 1978 without ever having suffered electoral defeat. This is a come-the-moment, come-the-leader story with few parallels in Canadian history. The site provides access to both audio and chapter samples from the book along with access to materials from Premier Campbell's archives.


We are pleased to be able to offer the audio and ePub versions of the book available for download.

The audio and ePub versions of the book are offered free of charge by the Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island with permission of the author. Readers may purchase a hard copy of Alex B. Campbell: The Prince Edward Island Premier Who Rocked the Cradle from The Bookmark or the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

The Prince Edward Island Premier who Rocked the Cradle

Audiobook Edition

  • Unabridged with enhancements including music
  • The audio edition was recorded over several months by four distinct voices: H. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier Alex B. Campbell, and actors Gracie Finley and Duncan McIntosh. Premier Campbell reads speeches and other materials originally delivered almost 50 years ago. They are still powerful, as his is remarkable singing voice. Gracie Finley and Duncan McIntosh read selected quotations at the beginning of each chapter and other passages.  Instrumental compositions provide smooth transitions between the chapters and a beautiful arrangement of Lucy Maud Montgomery's patriotic Island Hymn opens and closes the book.

We hope you draw inspiration from this book and its narration. You can listen to or download book chapters to your own devices.

ePub Editions - Now available for download

  • includes all the images in the original print publication,
  • chaptered,
  • Reflowable ePub format best for small screens
  • Fixed Format closest to layout of original publication


ePub Reflowable Format  Download
ePub Fixed (Non-reflowable) Format Download

Order the Print Edition

  • 400 pages,
  • hard-cover binding with full-colour dust jacket,
  • includes more than 150 photos,


Purchase from PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation $34.95
Purchase print copy from the Bookmark (Charlottetown) $34.95

Listen to the Audiobook:

Clip 1: featuring the music of the Island Hymn and narration by Gracie Finley and Duncan McIntosh

featuring narration by Gracie Finley, Duncan McIntosh, and Wade MacLauchlan
featuring narration by Wade MacLauchlan and song by Premier Alex B. Campbell

"Alex Campbell's ability to determine beginning patterns in an otherwise random mass of events was the quality that enabled him to preside so competently over the great changes that took place during those years."

Dr. John Maloney, Minister of Industry, Health, Social Services and Development, 1970-79