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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas Gibson Books; 1 edition (June 28 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771043503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771043505
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #572,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James Ryan on April 6 2006
Format: Hardcover
I will summarize what's in this book so you can decide for yourself whether or not it's worth reading, because it isn't a book for everyone.
It covers very little about Harper's personal life. It makes little or no mention of his wife and kids and only describes his upbringing briefly so you can get an idea of his background. So, if you're looking for a warm and fuzzy book to get to know "Steve" and the ins and outs of his daily life, this is not a book for you.
This is for someone who has an interest in the political history of the last 20 years centered around Harper. It attempts to detail what got Mr. Harper into politics, and how his political ideology was formed. It then describes where he stands on the issues in politics from the Mulroney years through to the Martin years. If you're not familiar with the Reform party, you will learn a lot about it and the other leaders of it, such as Manning and Day.
The author attempts to make Harper's thoughts clear on the major issues on the political scene over the last 20 years with many direct quotes from Harper's speeches and documents. If your political history is weak you may learn a bit about the Meech lake/Charlottetown accords, the separatist movement during these years, Mulroney, Chretien, Manning, and so on.
I found the author very fair and objective for the most part. A lot of the minor details that people contest in this book are irrelevant anyway. To gain something from this book you don't need to accept the author's views on Harper and the events; you can weed through the quotes and information, do your own research from there, and figure it out yourself.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 22 2006
Format: Hardcover
One thing I find odd about the story of Prime Minster Harper is how while his name is known to all Canadians, and they often have an emotional response to how they feel about him, the responses are often rooted in one historical moment or another, but rarely on the complete flow of his public and private life. Johnson's timely book helps bring much needed perspective to that flow, asking questions like: in what areas has Harper been consistent, what style he has brought to all the jobs he has held, what is his relationship with religious and social conservatives. Johnson helps us to develop a deeper understanding of Harper's motives and their underlying principles that can help Canadians decide for themselves what kind of era we are entering. I highly recommend this book to all Canadians across the political spectrum. People who think they know enough about him, pro or con, will be surprised.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Howe on May 21 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read William Johnson's book twice and this is a must-read for all Canadians.

'Nuff said!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Derek Butler on Dec 26 2005
Format: Hardcover
...of providing great perspective on Canada's development to date, and, via Harper's trajectory, the foundations for strengthening and bettering it. There is perhaps no other Canadian politician - Trudeau being the exception, but in the other direction- of our or any recent generation with a such a developed philosophical and economic vision for taking Canada to the next level. Entirely apart from its treatment of Harper - readers will be impressed - this book is necessary reading for, in the cliched expression of too many others - "anyone who cares about Canada" - where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going.
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