Trudeau and Our Times

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McClelland & Stewart, Aug 23, 1997
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The classic two-volume study of Trudeau and his impact upon Canadian society and politics

Volume 1: The Magnificent Obsession
Winner of the Governor Generalís Award

This volume examines the formative influences on Pierre Trudeauís childhood, his knight-errant youth and early manhood, his charismatic ascent to the Liberal Party leadership, and his dramatic first decade as prime minister. It concludes with his bittersweet triumphs in fighting off the separatists in the 1980 referendum campaign and his battle with provincial premiers to patriate the Canadian constitution.

Volume 2: The Heroic Delusion
Winner of the John W. Dafoe Prize for Distinctive Writing

This volume describes in fascinating detail the abiding liberal Pierre Trudeauís quixotic confrontations with his neo-conservative opponents, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. A masterful analysis of the countryís political economy in the decades following World War II, it suggests that Trudeauís delusion was that Canada could pursue a policy independent of her neighbours to the south.

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Review: Trudeau and Our Times: Volume 1

User Review  - Silas White - Goodreads

This is a good book, but it doesn't really have an ending. It just invites you to read part two, which I don't own. I will get it soon though. Four stars! Read full review

Review: Trudeau and Our Times: Volumes 1 & 2

User Review  - Daniel Kukwa - Goodreads

Another worthy, entertaining, immensely easy-to-read summation of why this man was our greatest Prime Minister. Yes, I'm biased...so what? Mackenzie King and Robert Borden DON'T get this kind of literary treatment for a reason, you know... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Stephen Clarksonis a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto. A frequent commentator on Canadian affairs in both French and English media, he is the author of several books on national and international politics including the prize-winningCanada and the Reagan Challenge.

Christina McCallis a writer of literary non-fiction who has worked as a socio-political analyst forMacleanís, Saturday Night,and theGlobe and Mail. Grits,her portrait of the Liberal Party, was acclaimed as ďone of the most important Canadian books of the 1980ísĒ and her work has won major awards.

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