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Oliver's Twist: The Life and Times of an Unapologetic Newshound Hardcover – Oct 25 2011


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670065226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670065226
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Holden on Nov. 26 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is a quite personal memoir, listing at least some of his major family difficulties and a few moments of inner turmoil. His failing eyesight is also detailed and the efforts he has made to deal with it. It is a interesting book and well-worth reading if you have any interest in politics or journalism.

Much of the book concerns the news stories and the newsmakers he covered and/or came to know personally. What I found most surprising was how many politicians and those involved in politics that he befriended and spent much time with. Although Mr. Oliver says it to be inevitable and common, it seems unnatural and improper, and he admits that he had difficulties at times with such arrangements.

Another oddity, on page 262, is when he writes of how many lobbyists were in the Paul Martin government and how calling the PMO to ask for certain person in the employ of the government he was transferred directly to the reception desk at a prominent lobbying firm.

My favourite quote from the book is likely the following;

"Unmediated news coverage today is ubiquitous and caveat emptor the consumer's only protection. Those of us in the serious-news business can only hope that the public will learn to distinguish between the real thing and the offerings of talk-show barkers, internet snake-oil salesmen, and political hacks."

Mr. Oliver has praise for most of the politicians he has worked with over the decades, although he also has makes some pointed remarks. He labelled some of the Conservative party advertisements of past elections "outright falsehoods."

Oliver's Twist is not a literary masterpiece and there are no great revelations included about public figures. However, I was impressed with Mr.
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By lainey on Oct. 31 2013
Format: Paperback
This books was chosen as a selection for my book club to read this month. It's a wonderful read, full of Canadiana, sent me to google maps of the areas of the many canoe trips...most of which I couldn't find but it was fun anyway. The only thing missing was photos. I would like to have seen photos of the men in canoes, the vistas, the rivers, as well as photos of the men and women politicians and broadcasters, etc. whom he writes about. Many of the names are familiar, but hard to put a face to names in some cases. A very enjoyable time reading this memoir.
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By sandra on Sept. 13 2013
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I loved this book.Through Crag Olivers eyes ,we see the Canadian elections unfold.He reminds us of things long forgotten.
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This is an amazing story of a man whose early life was difficult to say the least! It is a truly inspiring story of determination and courage.
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