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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Great River Media Inc.; First edition (May 20 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0986824216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986824210
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVID FRUM:  “Finally. No more apologetics, no more myth-making. Here's the real Trudeau and the real record, carefully researched and masterfully told. It's a story that Canada must never forget and never excuse.” LAWRENCE MARTIN: “Plamondon has gone boldly where no Trudeau biographer has gone before. This is not a quickie hatchet job, but a well-reasoned critique.” DEREK BURNEY: “Dissecting reality from mythology, Plamondon provides a compelling assessment of Canada's 15th Prime Minister, one that contrasts sharply with the hagiographies on record.”

About the Author

Bob Plamondon is one of Canada’s leading political commentators and public policy experts.  He is the author of three critically acclaimed bestsellers: Blue Thunder: The Truth about Conservatives from Macdonald to Harper; Full Circle: Death and Resurrection in Canadian Conservative Politics; and Hay West: A Story of Canadians Helping Canadians.

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Bob Plamondon is a well known Conservative having also written another book, "Blue Thunder" a few years back that attempts to rehabilitate the reputations of select Conservative party leaders since Confederation. In "The Truth about Trudeau" we get a book that essentially excoriates Canada's 15th prime minister in a way not previously attempted by other biographers. John English's two volume biography, while not entirely idolatrous of Trudeau, is perhaps a bit more balanced in providing reasoning for Trudeau's actions, particularly in regards Patriation in 1982 and Quebec separatism which provides perspective for his actions that some consider heroic, others like Plamondon, divisive.
I therefore would recommend readers peruse other material out there about Trudeau alongside Plamondon's book given it's overt dislike of PET and just about all he stood for, and this comes from someone like myself who is no fan of the man either.

Other than that the book is concise and the topics clearly delineated but there is repetition of many points and the writing style is tortured, hence the reason I can't give it more than 3 stars. There are times I can't help but feel that it's akin to a senior university term paper badly in need of some editing but it's purpose is served and perhaps that's all that really matters.

Regardless of Plamondon's bias he has done Canadians a service by attempting to strip away much of the myth about this man and his legacy, none of which can necessarily be considered unifying or strengthening to Canada as a country.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Macleod on June 25 2013
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A very objective look at the life and career about Pierre Elliott Trudeau, giving Trudeau credit where credit is due, describing his personal toughness, and blasting him where he is incorrect. At one point in the book, Trudeau is described as a "contrarion," taking the opposite point-of-view because of his non-concillatory nature except when it was Trudeau's platform or idea. From my analysis, Trudeau's poor economic policies led Canada on a road to ruin. He openly insulted world leaders, and I don't think a person who mocks the Allied efforts to rid Europe of the Nazi scourge by riding around the backroads of Quebec during the war with a Nazi swastika on his back and a German helmet on his head should ever become prime minister of Canada. A necessary analysis to cut through the "Trudeau Myth"!
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Parry on July 14 2013
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Canadians have been for too long browbeaten into submission by those who would have you believe that Pierre Trudeau was the greatest PM in Canadian history. This book, in a meticulously detailed account of his history and policies bury that myth once and for all. This is an ideal gift for all those parents who wake up and go to sleep with the CBC. It is time to accept the truth about this man. He had an ego the size of this great country, no idea how economics work and a policy agenda that could have been written in the Kremlin.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Black Flag on July 20 2013
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Finally some light is being shone on the reality of this near-mythological figure and his true legacy to our country.

Rather than a man who "saved" or "built" the country, he almost destroyed it, and we are still recovering from his disastrous reign.

He was arrogant, openly dishonest and a raging egomaniac.

Canada will be dealing with what he did to our country and finally we have a current source to turn to to help explain the realities of what he REALLY did to our nation
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce M. Clark on Sept. 15 2014
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There is a marked disparity between the facts of what Trudeau did as Prime Minister and the public perception of him. This book has done a service in documenting his actions before, during and after his period as Prime Minister. He did indeed make his mark on this country, and unfortunately we are still living with much of it.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Flee on July 5 2013
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Well researched, this book finally tells it all, with facts and figures to back it up. Should be required reading for political science and economic students who may think socialism works, under any guise. It never does.
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rob Hu on July 18 2013
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The myth of Trudeau is one of the most dangerous fables in Canada. Trudeau alienated the West and Quebec. Moreover, he almost ruined our economy and put Canada into a deep hole of debt. It's taken us a generation to climb out of it. And yet, Trudeau is still lauded in the press as a great Prime Minister. He's so revered that his son, Justin, won the leadership of the Liberal party on the strength of his last name alone. Plamondon does a great service and exposes Trudeau's terrible leadership. Hopefully this reminds Canadians that we don't need another Trudeau in the 21st century.
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86 of 122 people found the following review helpful By j on May 21 2013
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Finally, someone has written a book that accurately describes the heinous impact Trudeau's domestic policies had (and are still having) on Canada. Thank you Mr. Plamondon! The book is simply terrific!
The book exposes his deficit funding that has created tax liabilities for our children's children. The book exposes how his 'instituted policies' widened the regional gaps in Canada to this day. His NEP policy created such turmoil in the west we are still dealing with massive mistrust today (and who can blame them).
Mr. Plamondon's read stays focused on Trudeau's policies and does not venture into the man's personal issues. He doesn't have to: The unilateral decisions taken by Mr Trudeau's demonstrate his arrogance. The book documents Trudeau's lack of understanding any economic fundamentals, his unwillingness to seek compromise and his clear distain for ANYONE who disagreed with him. The man was clearly a bully and now we have a fact-based account of Trudeau's multitude of blunders.
Every history teacher in Canada should read this book to their class. Every person who voted for Trudeau should read this book. After completing the book readers can answer intelligently when your children (or grand children) ask, `why Canada's regional issues, language issues, and indigenous issues, balance of payments, productivity issues etc. are such a mess'? Canadians for the first time will have the right information and the numbers are simply staggering!
Best nonfiction book on Canada I've read and it's long overdue. If you want to better understand why the federal system is such a mess you must read "The Truth About Trudeau" by Bob Plamondon. After you have finished reading it, pass it your kids. They need to understand the harm this man brought to the greatest country in the world and insure we never again have a Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa.
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