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How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change Hardcover – Nov 5 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; 1st Edition edition (Nov. 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307359077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307359070
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FINALIST 2014 – Ottawa Book Awards—Non-Fiction

“Joe Clark’s How We Lead is like the honourable man: thoughtful, intelligent…worth the effort…. Who would have thought that Joe Clark could turn out to be Canada’s Cassandra?”
Toronto Star
 
“Joe Clark brings a wealth of experience to his observations on the Canadian political scene…. A thoughtful book, one that will interest anyone who cares about Canada’s place in the world.”
The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo)

“An outstanding read. From the perspective of today’s viciously divided politics, Mr. Clark’s portrayal of the country’s history is balanced and laudable. His assessment of the state of Canadian politics is a sobering wake-up call…. Better than any book I have read in a long time, How We Lead depicts my concerns about the direction in which we Canadians are drifting.”
 —Andre Carrel, The Boundary Sentinel
 
“All Canadians should read this book.”
Calgary Herald 

"An impassioned argument for Canada to reassert its international position as an agent of change, diplomacy and peace."
—Ottawa Life

About the Author

The Rt. Hon. Joe CLARK, P.C., C.C. served as a federal Member of Parliament  for twenty-five years and held the most senior Cabinet positions, including those of Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Constitutional Affairs and President of the Privy Council. Mr. Clark continues to work with international foundations, associations and businesses on issues of governance, democratic reform, security and peace. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Maureen McTeer.


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By Gordon Ritchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 4 2013
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Joe Clark was not only (briefly) Prime Minister of Canada but also served with distinction for a number of years as Canada's foreign affairs minister (the traditional nomenclature was Secretary of State for External Affairs). Those were the days when Canada thrilled to the belief that it "punched above its weight" due in no small measure to the quality of its diplomats, bureaucrats and politicians. (Needless to say, this was not a view necessarily shared by others, notably the Yanks and the Brits.) He mourns the loss of this quality and by implication castigates the current crop of ideological power brokers in office under the Harper Government. His criticisms are well founded and heartfelt. His prescriptions are, not surprisingly less hard edged, resolving to a better combination of soft power (diplomacy and development) and hard power (military). This book will be very well received by the traditional mandarinate in Ottawa, and scorned by the Harperites.
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A thought-provoking book, advancing solutions to a question Canadians should ask themselves more often: What makes our nation great, and how do we go about making it so. The appeal lies in Mr. Clark's vision of a more co-operative Canada in an increasingly interconnected world, shedding near-sighted prejudices in order to make beneficial progress. His recommendations are naturally directed at Canada, but other nations could equally benefit from his unique perspective.
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This thoughtful and engaging work includes 49 pages of carefully referenced Notes and a useful 14 page Index. Both contribute to the scholarly tone and timbre of the book. The book will be of particular interest to historians, public administrators, political junkies, and readers interested in Canadian foreign affairs and the positioning of Canada as a nation on the international stage from the perspective of a former prime minister, and a long-serving foreign affairs minister in the Brian Mulroney conservative government.
At first blush, readers may be quietly lulled into believing author Clark is attacking the current Harper conservative government and its foreign policy approach to world affairs. But on closer analysis and careful reflection, and interestingly enough, Clark and Harper stunningly agree on important public policy matters, and only disagree on implementation processes. The fundamental purpose, and theme of the book is to contour and explain in attenuated detail how and why Canada has become less relevant and less respected on the world stage, and what can and should be done to salvage Canada's international reputation.
Conservative and liberal governments alike over the past many decades have both had effective foreign affairs policies, and environmental potection policies. Clark argues that under the Harper administration for the past decade, Canada's status in the eyes of the world has significantly deteriorated. Clark argues the current Harper government has minimized and degraded Canada's relationship with China, downsized foreign aid, discarded peacekeeping, and deserted environmental husbandry. On the other hand, Clark somewhat softly and carefully praises the Harper government for its economic, immigration, and international trade policies.
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Tucked into the centre of this quiet "just the facts, M'am" book is an evisceration of the Harper government's performance, or lack thereof, in foreign affairs and the mentality that produced that performance. Thank-you, Joe Clark, for this sobering assessment.
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A rallying cry for a Canadian role in the world bigger, more influential and more respected than in the last decade. It asks us to think and act in ways consonant with a cosmopolitan set of values and the changing configuration of global power and Canadian demography.
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A very interesting and thought-provoking presentation of Canada's international relations history and advise for Canada's future international role.
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Thoughtful....tells us how the current bunch is not the same people as their name suggests.
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A courageous effort by Joe Clark to exppress his beliefs on Canada.
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