Dance of the Dialectic

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James Lorimer & Company, 1973 - Political Science - 117 pages
Subtitled "How Pierre Elliot Trudeau went from Philosopher-King to the Incorruptible Robespierre to Philosopher-Queen Marie Antoinette to Canada's Generalissimo and then to Mackenzie King and Even Better," Larry Zolf's book is a vital time capsule of the early 1970s Trudeaumanical hangover.

Dance of the Dialectic is a fast-paced account of Canadian politics in the shadow of the Centennial and Expo, an account of how Pierre Elliot Trudeau's government and the Ottawa press gallery together made and re-made the political mood in the country. Zolf records how the media "discovered" Trudeau and made him leader of the Liberal party, how they gradually turned Robert Stanfield and David Lewis into believable opponents, and how the '72 election produced a markedly different style of Trudeau government.

Zolf's account is an amazing combination of gags, one-liners, puns and sharp-eyed political commentary: a book about Canadian politics like no one has ever written before or since.

 

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Contents

Trudeau as Oscar the Socratic Academy Award
3
The Global Village Idiots
11
From the Good Old Seven Days to the Brightest and the Best
23
Bread on the waters of the Rideau
31
The Revolt of the Peasant Paparazzi
43
From Forlorn Bob to Robert Lazarus
55
From David to Goliath and Back Again
63
All Quiet on the Lyceum Front
73
The Jaded Observer in Happy
83
The Folding of the Universe
95
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LARRY ZOLF has been a critic, reporter/producer/consultant, CBC news and current affairs, since 1962.

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