M. J. Fenn

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (50 of 63)
Location: Canada
In My Own Words:
Canadian resident, formerly resident in Uruguay. Studied at Reading University, England, Liège University, Belgium, the University of Wales, Swansea, and the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Toronto, Canada. Worked for many years for a publisher.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,829 - Total Helpful Votes: 50 of 63
A Prime Minister on Prime Ministers by Sir Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson is said to have assured his biographer, who protested that he was not a socialist, that neither was he. If anyone is looking for a partisan encomium in this excellent book, it won't be found.

To some extent, this is a history of the office of Prime Minister. Harold Wilson led a party which is alleged to be all about breaking with the past and forging a new path in accordance with the lights of the supposed, latest insights of its followers. But the whole exercise of writing an historical book such as this begs questions about the way he related to such ideas.

Harold Wilson was a statistician extraordinary, of course. But this work, written in the early… Read more
The Secret Mulroney Tapes: Unguarded Confessions o&hellip by Peter C. Newman
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough said, Dec 2 2010
Peter Newman has done the impossible: left the reader with the nagging feeling that, with treatment like this, maybe one should occasionally start feeling sorry for Mulroney after all. (Viz, John Diefenbaker's House of Commons hatchet job on Lester Pearson in 1957). But following the constellation of overwhelmingly justifiable Mulroney revelations tending to the critical - elsewhere taxonomically regurgitated - one yet suspects that this particular exercise in muckraking will rebound on the raker.

This book does not really add much to the sum of human knowledge, but it leaves a taste in the mouth usually associated with the complaints department of a grocery chain… Read more
Lester B. Pearson by Susan Hughes
Lester B. Pearson by Susan Hughes
There was more to 'Mike' Pearson than met the eye.

But the reader would not know it through reading this book.

As a series, 'The Canadians' is intended to be a helpful introduction to a young readership of prominent fellow citizens of historical import. Undoubtedly this short book, too, is put together with the concise summaries of salient periods of the life under scrutiny which are a hallmark of the series.

In such a book one would expect - and one gets - a sense of the importance of Mr Pearson's adoption of Medicare.

But in a number of ways the writer's treatment of her subject seemed disappointing.

The flag issue, which Lester… Read more