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Harperland: The Politics of Control [Paperback]

Lawrence Martin
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Sept. 20 2011

After four years in power, Stephen Harper's governance comes under the microscope of prominent Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin. Focusing on the growth of executive power under Harper and drawing on interviews with prominent insiders, Martin probes the smearing of opponents, the silencing of the public and diplomatic service, the secrecy, the prorogations, the unprecedented centralizing of power, and the attempted muzzling of the media. He examines controversies such as the existence of a secret dirty-tricks handbook, the Chuck Cadman affair, campaign financing, the dismissal of nuclear power head Linda Keen, the Afghan detainees cover-up, the turning of access-to-information laws into barricades to information, and more—and lets readers draw their own conclusions. Tough but balanced, Harperland offers a clear picture of a skilled politician at a crucial point in Canadian politics.

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Lawrence Martin is a Globe and Mail columnist and author of 10 books, including many critically acclaimed bestsellers including The Presidents and the Prime Ministers, The Red Machine (a history of hockey in the Soviet Union), and a two-volume biography of Jean Chrétien.

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Thought the book may be slow and difficult to read but found it totally entertaining. Really explains the mind set of the Conservative party presently in power.
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This book is about the politics of control. Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada (at least in August 2010, when this book was written), paved his political path as a force to be reckoned with. His authoritarian methods were under much scrutiny by the press, but that isn't what this book is about. This book is to look at the four-year period in an honest, and seemingly academic, nature. This book, while covering controversial material, is more a story of 2006 to 2010.

Puttonen's narration is astounding. There were literal moments in his hart where he sighed as one could imagine a speaker doing at that point. His inflection superb, the only downside would be the dreariness to his voice, which isn't so much a fault of the narrator but an intended outcome. Speaking at a medium pace, this audiobook seems more like a recorded commentary or author rendition than it does third-party work. Love politics? You'll love the title. Love audiobooks? This one is right up your alley, then...

Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
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