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Harperland: The Politics Of Control Paperback – Sep 20 2011
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"Perhaps the first serious attempt to take stock of Stephen Harper's time in power...with commentary and insight from select players [Lawrence Martin] catalogues this tumultuous time from controversy to calamity." - Maclean's
About the Author
Lawrence Martin is a Globe and Mail columnist and author of 10 books, including many critically acclaimed bestsellers including The Presidents and the Prime Ministers, The Red Machine (a history of hockey in the Soviet Union), and a two-volume biography of Jean Chrétien.
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All this from a writer who is no Liberal hack. No, the Liberal party has felt Lawrence's sting in the past.
It’s not a very pretty picture.
Martin makes no pretense of being objective. He clearly believes Stephen Harper to be the most dangerous threat to Canadian democracy in memory, perhaps in history. Martin’s portrayal of the man he calls “a control freak” is disturbing.
The first part of the book details the rise to power of the newly-merged Conservative Party, a re-branding of the right-populist Alliance Party and the wounded remnant of the Progressive Conservative Party. Much of the second half of the book outlines the Harper government’s policy positions and political maneuvers with respect to issues from the Afghanistan war, to the 2008 federal election, to the brazenly tradition-breaking move — many would say a blatantly undemocratic move — to prorogue Parliament rather than face a confidence vote his party would lose.
But the book’s main focus throughout is how the minority Conservative government is the product of the will and vision of one man, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Martin pulls no punches in depicting a hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners politician, a practical ideologue, a right-wing incrementalist, always looking toward his long-term goals while working toward them step by measured step.
Although there is another, looser side to the guarded and uptight Stephen Harper we all observe in public, only his closest friends ever see it, and that only infrequently.Read more ›
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If you read 100 pages of this book, don't bother continuing because you read everything you needed to. After that it goes in circle. Read morePublished on May 9 2014 by John Johnson
Thought the book may be slow and difficult to read but found it totally entertaining. Really explains the mind set of the Conservative party presently in power.Published on Dec 14 2013 by gordon patterson
The story so far... An interesting look into a man who knows what he wants and who will do what ever it takes to get it. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2013 by Wings
At best this is a decent overview of recent (Since Harper became PM in 2006) political events. At worst this reads like a newspaper article (and is boring). Read morePublished on May 5 2012 by Jeff Nijsse
Harperland, first and foremost, is probably the most objectively informative--in terms of what's even available at all--source for the background, possible motivations,... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2011 by J. Dee