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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (Sept. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143177656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143177654
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ronbc TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 27 2014
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Reminiscent of books like Bob Woodward’s Plan of Attack, which chronicled in careful detail the rush to war in George W. Bush’s White House, Lawrence Martin’s Harperland: The Politics of Control relies on insider stories to paint a portrait of Canada’s first hard-right Prime Minister.

It’s not a very pretty picture.

Martin makes no pretense of being objective. He clearly believes Stephen Harper to be the most dangerous threat to Canadian democracy in memory, perhaps in history. Martin’s portrayal of the man he calls “a control freak” is disturbing.

The first part of the book details the rise to power of the newly-merged Conservative Party, a re-branding of the right-populist Alliance Party and the wounded remnant of the Progressive Conservative Party. Much of the second half of the book outlines the Harper government’s policy positions and political maneuvers with respect to issues from the Afghanistan war, to the 2008 federal election, to the brazenly tradition-breaking move — many would say a blatantly undemocratic move — to prorogue Parliament rather than face a confidence vote his party would lose.

But the book’s main focus throughout is how the minority Conservative government is the product of the will and vision of one man, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Martin pulls no punches in depicting a hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners politician, a practical ideologue, a right-wing incrementalist, always looking toward his long-term goals while working toward them step by measured step.

Although there is another, looser side to the guarded and uptight Stephen Harper we all observe in public, only his closest friends ever see it, and that only infrequently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gordon patterson on Dec 14 2013
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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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Just going through this great book for the third time looking for some thing that would even slightly change my mind on how I see this man and as usual could find little or nothing that would change my mind on what I perceive to be Canada's first autocratic PM.Doesn't bode well in my humble opinion for Canadian democracy.Now having read any number of books on the subject I find my original opinion has not changed one iota.Jon
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audiobook review Dec 19 2012
By Jonathan Esterman - Published on Amazon.com
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.
Every Canadian should read this! Jan. 21 2013
By Norlaine Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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Lawrence Martin gives a clear and often behind-the-scenes perspective on Harper and where his policies and ideology are coming from. Every Canadian should read this. It is our duty as citizens to be informed about what is happening in our country, even (or perhaps especially) when the governement is intentionally trying to control all the messages that go to the public.

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