The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006- Hardcover – Oct 22 2013
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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.”
“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.”
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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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.
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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This was a fantastic read and a largely objective view of our latest PM. I could hardly put the book down, but that could be because I find the subject so fascinating to begin... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tara MacNeil
As a subscriber of MaCleans', I found that a lot of the material was quite similar to what I had read there during the last couple of years. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andre Nogue
This was an excellent read, and a very fair book. Harper supporters will be confronted with some uncomfortable truths, and his critics will find some things to admire about one of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Paul Wells has long been one of the best Canadian political journalists, and his book on Stephen Harper’s years in power deserves to be the bestseller that it is. Mr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrew Baldwin
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