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The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006- Hardcover – Oct 22 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 22 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307361322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307361325
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
FINALIST 2014 – Ottawa Book Awards—Non-Fiction
WINNER 2014 – Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
WINNER 2014 – John W. Dafoe Book Prize

 
“Veteran political columnist Paul Wells has crafted a fast-paced, romping great read about a Prime Minister who is frequently described by the Parliamentary Press Gallery as dull, plodding, and inscrutable. Though viscerally funny and often biting, this book is never partisan or unfair. Impeccably researched, gorgeously written, and deeply insightful, The Longer I’m Prime Minister is an essential read for all political junkies.”
—Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury citation

 “Thoroughly absorbing and intensely readable.”
 —Robert Collison, Toronto Star
 
“A lively new book about the secrets of Harper’s survival and success.”
 —CNN Opinion
 
“Throughout, Wells gets the politicking and electioneering down perfectly. His signature casual prose style, interspersed with more than a few genuine laughs, makes reading more than 400 pages of bumpy Canadian politics a breeze.”
 —Quill & Quire
 
“One of the most readable and thorough accounts of a man on a mission to change Canada forever…. [The Longer I’m Prime Minister is] a political book that should be read by every Canadian with a shred of political awareness…. Wells goes well beyond the dime-a-dozen political theories that line the nation’s bookshelves and offers rare glimpses of the man behind the myths to the point of (gasp) humanizing him.”
 —James Baxter, Policy Magazine
 
“A fascinating, must-read book…. With detailed accounts from his trove of sources, Well describes a period of politics in a style that is at times hilarious, often biting and always informative…. Wells does an important service…. The book is also an excellent play-by-play chronicle of the last 7 years in Canadian politics.”
 —Policy Options 
 

About the Author

PAUL WELLS, political editor of Maclean's magazine, has reinvigorated Canadian political writing for more than a decade. His career began in Montreal at The Gazette in 1989; in 1997 he became The Gazette's national affairs columnist, then moved to the National Post for its launch in 1998. In 2003, he joined Maclean's, where he has won two gold National Magazine Awards for his writing on politics. A regular commentator for both English- and French-language television and radio, he is also the author of the bestseller Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper's New Conservatism. His blog, Inkless Wells, set the standard for political blogging in Canada.


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Journalist Paul Wells writes a very incisive study of what makes political leadership function at the federal level in Canada. His subjects are the leaders of the three main parties as they faced off in a number of political skirmishes in the first decade of this century. What gets Wells' attention more than anything else is how Prime Minister Stephen Harper gradually became comfortable in the job over an initial period of three hectic years of employing Machiavellian-like tactics and learning by hard knocks. What distinguishes Harper from his opponents like Dion, Ignatieff, and Layton, was that he has learned to think and act like a wily politician who wants to keep the job because of its immense power and influence. He is dedicated to establishing the Conservative brand across the country with respect to his government's economic track record: balanced budgets, job creation, international trade, and tax cuts. Everything else, including the funding of social programs, is secondary. According to Wells, Harper and his advisers have found a way to retain power even though it may mean walking roughshod over the time-honored traditions of parliamentary democracy that make this institution the true embodiment of the people's will. The great coalition crisis of early 2008 becomes one of the main focuses of this book. It is a time when the newly-elected minority Conservative government could have been ousted from office by a coalition of opposition parties including the Separatists, all over a seeming lack of a stimulus plan to help the country through the global financial crisis. The great irony here is that the Liberals had no real leader and the coalition depended on a party devoted to the break-up of the country.Read more ›
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This book is written for those who don't vote for Harper and can't understand why anyone would. It's an interesting position to take, considering millions do vote for him. Nonetheless, it offers interesting details about events around Harper from early days in politics to present day events. For those who don't follow political events closely it will be an eye opener. For those who do, there is still plenty of interesting insider info. Once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down. Interestingly, I don't think it will change any thinking about the Prime Minister. If you dislike him, I think you will find that this book supports your views. If you like him, you may not enjoy seeing how the sausage is made, but the Epilogue will speak to you. I will definitely read it again.
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Excellent, well written, and fascinating book written by the intelligent and connected Maclean's columnist Paul Wells. wells wisely refrains from casting judgement and tells the story straight. Too often political books are too political and judgemental and you can come away less informed. Not so with this book, Wells credibly explains Harper's motivations and inspirations providing insight into some of his seemingly illogical decisions such as cutting the GST or making the long form census voluntary. A must read for those seeking to understand current politics.
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This book is a pleasure to read. It fills in the gaps in political news. It also makes more sense of developments through some background analysis. Paul Wells' language is also a pleasure to enjoy. There are few if any dull passages. Once you have started reading this book, it is hard to put it down. I will read anything that Paul Wells writes.
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I really enjoyed Paul’s book, THE LONGER I’M PRIME MINISTER. I followed Canadian politics the years he covered and the book bought back many memories and some stories that in hindsight are even more interesting than as reported at the time (and those that never got reported).

Paul has a talent for covering the subject with just enough detail to keep a reader interested. His words are easy to understand without a dictionary. And he doesn’t get bogged down in issues that are of little interest to his reader.

I am looking forward to his story on the senate scandal. There must be a lot of stuff behind the scenes that has never been reported.

I dropped my subscription to MACLEAN’S a few years ago but have now renewed. Keep up the good work Paul.

Mike
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An outstanding, objective and gripping biography describing a sharp and incisive political Prime Minister.
Harper has evolved into the Conservative version of William Lyon Mackenzie King. The 2015 elections will determine whether he is fated to have as great an influence in the future of this country - for better or for worse.
A must read for Canadians!
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I read Paul Wells' column in Maclean's magazine and follow politics closely. This well written book was a real eye-opener into the inner workings of the PMO and also how Stephen Harper has engineered (by small increments) his agenda to move the country to the conservative right while stripping away democratic rights we have cherished since Confederation. Everything this man did was and is calculated to gain power and keep power at all costs while crippling his opponents financially, mugging the MPs and press, and by changing laws to his advantage without debate in the House of Commons as the laws are stuffed into huge omnibus bills where they cannot be scrutinized (closure imposed) by our elected representatives. Every voter should read this before the election on October 19, 2015.
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