The author chronicles with detail Harper's political beginnings, his stint--and his ensuing disenchantment--with the Mulroney Progressive Conservatives, the events that led to him becoming a key architect of the Reform party, and his rescue of the Canadian Alliance, which led to the merger with the Progressive Conservatives to create the new Conservative Party that he led into federal elections against Paul Martin's Liberals. With a different leader at the top but Harper behind the scenes, Canadians might very well have elected a Conservative government in 2004: one cannot help but feel from Johnson's account that Harper would be better appreciated as a back-room policy director, a role he may not relish, but may be essential if he is to continue in politics. --Eric Wilson
I've read William Johnson's book twice and this is a must-read for all Canadians.
This book is a seriously distorted, from its early cliam that at Harper's high school - "His name was displayed in gold letters on the wall facing the school's main entrance. Read morePublished on March 3 2006 by Michael B. Callaghan
This book is even handed. It does let us know a little bit more about who Stephen Harper is, but it is a very 'surface' level book. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2006 by J. Greening