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The Truth About Trudeau [Hardcover]

Bob Plamondon
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Book Description

May 20 2013
Finally, after over 30 years of hagiographies, comes a book that sets the record straight and tells us the truth about Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In this unprecedented and meticulously researched sweep of the record, Globe and Mail bestselling author Bob Plamondon challenges the conventional wisdom that Trudeau was a great prime minister. With new revelations, fresh insights, and in-depth analysis, Plamondon reveals that the man did not measure up to the myth. While no one disputes Trudeau’s intelligence, toughness, charisma, and the flashes of glamour he brought Canada, in the end the pirouettes were not worth the price. 

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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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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any concerned Canadian 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 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trudeau was a "contrarion" describes it best. 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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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relief July 20 2013
Format:Hardcover
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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important book at an important time July 18 2013
By Rob Hu
Format:Hardcover
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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and well researched Sept. 13 2013
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This should be required reading for all Canadians. It is truly amazing the amount of damage Trudeau has done to Canadian freedoms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perception versus Reality 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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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book July 5 2013
By Flee
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Long overdue for Canadians to have a biography of Trudeau that resists the temptation to conform to those many writers who have taken an overly idealistic, if not elegiac approach to his tenure as leader of the Liberal Party. It is understandable in a way as Trudeau was overwhelmingly in sync with our cultural elites; and they, for better or for worse, are the primary scribes who record our history, at least their impact is significant in the relatively short term historically speaking. Eventually however, no matter how powerful the siren song of style of any leader might be, there will always be some biographers who examine the political record in a more dispassionate and substantive manner. It may not have the same political 'sex appeal', but it is nonetheless important for us to understand how reality (especially economic consequences) can differ from an image created by a cavalier and charismatic political style and spin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What all should know but many will never believe
Published 1 month ago by D. H. Burney
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally some cottoned to this poseur
Plamandon has dug deep but all the digging in the world will probably not change the ardor that many held for this PM of Canada. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maurice A. Rhodes
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended for Liberals
This is a terrific read if you are not a Liberal and especially a Trudeau lover.
There is no doubt the author is no fan of Trudeau but that doesn't mean his information and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars Trudeau was not what he was made out to be by the media
I'm still reading it but what I've read so far is certainly an eye opener. Too many people think Trudeau was such a great PM and for that reason will vote for his son this time... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Langer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Trudeau
I lived under the reign of Pierre Elliott Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada. The author of this book really confirmed my opinions of that time on his style and the detrimental... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Blanche Crowder
1.0 out of 5 stars The Urge to Shout BS Occurs On Every Page
Pierre Trudeau was far from a perfect Prime Minister and certainly made some monumental errors which took decades to correct. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Daveman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book that should be compulsory reading ...
... for all high school students before they get to college or university, and before they are indoctrinated with the idea that our worst Prime Minister was everything his son... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Painter
4.0 out of 5 stars Revealing
An interesting review of the facts surrounding the Prime Minister who proved that marketing beats substance. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mick
4.0 out of 5 stars Important book for Canadians, clears the fog from the Trudeau fantasy...
With the surging of his son onto the political scene in Canada, based primarily on the folklore of his father, it is important that Canadians get a look behind the foundational... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MH
4.0 out of 5 stars An adult in the room
Bob Plamondon's comprehensive evaluation of Pierre Trudeau's prime ministerial behaviour is a factual counter-balance to the decades of puerile gushing to which the main-stream... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Neil A Currie
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