Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: 1968-2000 Hardcover – Oct 13 2009
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"This book now becomes the standard biography of Trudeau for the sheer scope and thoroughness of the research on all major aspects of Trudeau’s life. English is even-handed, rarely praising, blaming or psychologizing, but he explains and invokes all the different views on the events recounted. And it’s a good read."
— The Globe and Mail
"English’s biography of Trudeau . . . will surely stand for some time as the definitive account of the oft-told tale. . . . Other books may yet be written about Pierre Elliott Trudeau, but it’s hard to imagine another that would beat English’s version for insight and overview of the man and his time."
— The Gazette
"John English’s terrific new biography of the former prime minister, Just Watch Me, is about as complete an account of Mr. Trudeau’s love life as we are likely to get."
— Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail
"[Trudeau] was a comet across our heavens, and English does him good justice."
— Winnipeg Free Press
"Shows Trudeau’s private and public sides intersecting poignantly. . . . A prime example of an intensely self-aware man’s quest for fulfillment in every compartment of his complex life."
"However many Trudeau books there may be, English reminds us that the man endures and eludes."
— The Daily News (Nanaimo)
"Every life is a whole, and English treats Trudeau’s prime ministerial career as a whole to an extent none of his predecessors did."
— Paul Wells, Literary Review of Canada
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John English is Professor of History, University of Waterloo. Citizen of the World was a multi-award winner and a Globe and Mail Best Book.See all Product Description
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In other words, if the reader senses at some level the complexities and dilemmas facing Canada's leaders, then at least some of the animus felt against the admittedly often controversial Pierre Elliott Trudeau can be seen to be ill informed.
This book scores highly when it comes to chronicling the blow by blow events in Trudeau's governments. It also copiously describes the at least partial disintegration of Trudeau's private life, which was sometimes as colourful as his public, political showmanship.
Professor English warms to his subject; but in a rather different way from Denis Smith's treatment of Diefenbaker, for example; where the biographer seems to relish impaling a previous colourful and sometimes bizarre Prime Minister of Canada with a detailed account of his subject's own foibles and failures. In this biography, the writer is as engaged and sympathetic as Professor Smith is cynical and distant.
Trudeau loved poetry, and in this second biographical volume the reader sees the challenges of Canada's internal and foreign policy governance through the sometimes poetic veneer of its Bohemian and often flamboyant, long term Prime Minister. But is this to say that there is less than meets the eye when one delves deeper than Trudeau's undoubted flair? I leave the question open.
(I expected more about Trudeau's years after he left office, since an entire first volume builds the picture of Trudeau's character seen through his earlier years before he became Prime Minister. 16 years in retirement might be thought to merit longer treatment than is given.)
An excellent book, certainly.
Still, this brick is difficult to compete with. Easy read. Stimulating and compulsory lecture especially with JT, his son, now following his tracks as PM. Get the 2 volumes.
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So full of verbiage that it was hard to follow, I gave up on it 1/3 or the way through. My husband, who loves Trudeau, couldn't get past the second chapter.Published 13 months ago by InDeep
I enjoyed this extremely well researched and well written biography of Trudeau although he was never a favourite of mine until after he had left office. Read morePublished on June 1 2010 by iceman
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