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Mavericks [Hardcover]

Peter Newman
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Oct. 18 2010

Peter C. Newman’s poison pen has lodged itself firmly in the viscera of the Canadian elite. In Mavericks, he has selected his most evocative writing about those Canadians who run against the grain on the grandest scale, including Conrad Black. Some of the other characters who populate this volume include Garth Drabinsky, the Eaton boys, Louis Riel, Robert Campeau and Peter Nygard. In the world of politics, he takes on John Diefenbaker, the subject of his ground-breaking Renegade in Power, as well as Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, René Lévesque, Bill Vander Zalm and Lucien Bouchard.


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About the Author

PETER C. NEWMAN has been writing about Canadian politicsand business for nearly half a century. The author of twenty-fourbooks that have together sold more than two million copies,Newman has won some of the country’s most illustrious literaryawards, both as an author and a journalist. A former editor-inchiefof the Toronto Star and Maclean’s, Newman has beenrecognized with seven honorary doctorates, a National NewspaperAward and election to the News Hall of Fame. He hasbeen called twice to the Order of Canada and has earned histitle as Canada’s “most cussed and discussed” commentator.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Recycled Aug. 13 2011
By Alan
Format:Hardcover
What a disappointment. About 99% old material previously published many years ago, with 1% new material.

There should be a disclaimer on the book: previously published (and mostly outdated) material.

Just a clever way for an author to make more money without doing much work.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I have always considered Newman, along with the likes of Rex Murphy, to be that eminence grise who has the intellectual capacity and the literary charm to effectively and completely assess public figures, especially those that need a good dressing down. His latest book is a compilation of columns and articles, produced over the years, that get to the heart of what it personally means to be in the public eye. Reading these very pithy and funny commentaries on the lives of such roguish notables as Nelson Skalbania, Bill Vander Zalm, Bud Mcdougal, Kim Campbell, Jack Pickersgill, and Brian Mulroney takes us into a world where egos are paper thin, scruples a lost art, and grey matter doesn't really matter. These and other so-called social and political movers and shakers all had one thing in common: the ability to impress us with their self-acclaimed distinct qualities and tastes, that is, until Newman comes to the rescue. Newman, with rapier wit and gallows humor, proceeds to dismantle the myth behind the much touted legends of Canadian history in such people as Sir George Simpson, Sir Herbert Holt and Sir Harry Oaks. Nothing is spared as the reader is allowed to delve into those less flattering parts of Canadian society that he has become privy to: greed, dishonesty, corruption, eccentricity, vanity, and ineptitude. I had an especially great time going through the life and times of Conrad Black and Nelson Skalbania as they strove to build empires out of nothing but a fanciful notion and a good line or two. I highly recommend this book for what it discloses about the power of people to persuade and influence when only a little bit of the truth is really known.
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