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  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Emblem Editions; Reprint edition (Sept. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771064853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771064852
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 5.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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“Brian Mulroney’s Memoirs might be the finest and most comprehensive memoir of any Prime Minister in Canadian history.” - Ottawa Citizen

“A must-read for anyone interested in Canadian history…” - The National Post

“The material (in Memoirs) remains precious… for passionate [devotees] of politics and history these memoirs will remain a work of reference” - Le Devoir

“Engaging and enlightening…” - The Globe & Mail

“Tough to put down… the bestselling book in Canada.” - Calgary Sun

“…this is a vivid and fast-paced chronicle of an important time.” - The Montreal Gazette

“Reminds us of a time, not so long ago, when politicians and politics were a lot more interesting.” - Toronto Star


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About the Author

The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney is a Montreal lawyer who has had a fascinating career. Born in 1939, into a mill worker’s family in an isolated Quebec town, he grew up bilingual. As the first in his family to go to university, at St. Francis Xavier, then Laval Law School, he took on responsibility for the family on his father’s death. He became a successful lawyer in Montreal, specializing in labour law and coming to prominence as a member of the Cliche Commission on violence and corruption in the construction industry (where he worked through death threats). He was head of the Iron Ore Company of Canada from 1977 to 1983, capping a successful legal and business career.

Since retiring from office in 1993 (the point at which this book ends), he has worked as a lawyer with Ogilvy Renault in Montreal, and on the boards of a number of major companies.


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My political views are left of centre and I was no big fan of Prime Minister Mulroney, but regardless, one has to appreciate the quality and depth of writing here. It is unfortunate most reviewers here likely did not even read the book but simply responded to their impression of the partisan politician... Mr. Mulroney has some interesting and thoughtful things to contribute to our understanding of Canada and its place in the world; if you give him a chance...
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There was a very wise man who once said that all political careers end in tragedy. Brian Mulroney is such a tragedy. Elected with the largest plurality in Canadian history, Mulroney came to Ottawa promising change. Gone would be the lobbyists and the corruption that so plagued the final years of Pierre Trudeau. Mulroney promised to clean house and deal firmly with all who opposed his needed reforms. Well, all the promises from the great leader proved to be for nought. The Mulroney years were turbulent and nearly destructive to the Canadian nation. While the nation fell into chaos, Mulroney's obsession with constitutional renewal for Quebec ended in the equivalent of a national nervous breakdown. The Charlottetown Accord and its bitter failure as a national referendum was the beginning of the end of Mulroney's tenure as Canada's most hated prime minister. Surprisingly, Mulroney's account of the events and his perspective is quite balanced. The man is very literate and demonstrates a talent for prose that reveals that his calling should have been literature. He reveals much about the various personalities of the day, including some tasty jabs at Trudeau. This book is just delicious in its plentiful attacks against Mulroney's many, many enemies. I tend to agree that Mulroney was Canada's revolutionary prime minister: the effects of his tenure are felt even to this day. If you want to find out how Canada got to where it is today, this book is a good start.
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Surprisingly brisk and packed with information.
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As one whould expect from an ex-prime minister's autobiography, there's plenty of history and anecdotes. But there's also the best parts, the ones that reveal the human side of Brian Mulroney. The "nay" sayers who left the one star reviews must work for the Liberal party. But ignore them. This is a fine (but long) read. Lots for everyone.
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For the record, Trudeau launched a vicious and staggeringly vindictive attack on Mulroney during the debate over Meech Lake, denouncing him as "sniveling," as a "weakling" and a "coward." It was an unprecedented attack by a former PM on a sitting PM. Unheard of and very very personal, very very nasty. Trudeau did not take the high road. Classy? Hardly.

Does this justify Mulroney firing back after Trudeau has passed away and can't defend himself? No. But it does put it into a wider context. We can't rewrite history and pretend that Trudeau was the bigger man. Neither Trudeau nor Mulroney comes across well in that exchange.
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A little long but an interesting read nonetheless.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 19 2007
Format: Hardcover
A quick read of Mulroney's latest defense of his ealy life and eventual role as prime minister of Canada during the 1980s and 1990s reveals some interesting and defining points about his personal and political character. Right off the bat, "Memoirs" portrays him as that tough, self-made boy from Baie Comeau who made it to the top because of individual initiative. As he claims repeatedly in those first couple of chapters, he has a special place in his heart for the North Shore of Quebec. It is there that he learned to appreciate the importance of being connected to friends, family and culture. The follow-through is like waiting for the other shoe to drop. He and success were made for each other. Mulroney moved out into the bigger world to make his way in the rough and tumble world of business and politics. Along the way, he acquired more friends and influenced more people by his wit, charm, and blarney. All these accomplishments have already been well trumpeted so many times before in better renditions that the reader may want to flip ahead to the meatier portions like Meech Lake, NAFTA, and the GST.Though I was well aware of most the surrounding detail of these three events, it was fascinating to finally read Mulroney's interpretation. It is in these epic moments that Mulroney, the politician and 'schmoozer', comes out of hiding. Reforming the constitution is something he was personally obsessed with because it had the potential to vault him ahead of Trudeau - his arch nemesis - in history. From what I can gather, he didn't bring to the table any high principles but rather a stubborn belief that decentralization was good for the country. None of his dire predictions about the imminent breakup of the country, if Meech didn't happened, came to pass.Read more ›
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This book was just the second political autobiography that I completely finished (Bill Clinton's My Life was the first). Must say, I would absolutely recommend this book to anybody out there who is interested in Canadian history or politics. It stretches into detail his 9 years as Prime Minister of Canada- how he felt certain policies would benefit Canada, and how much the opposition pounded him in the House of Commons (similar to how Harper is being hammered now). Kinda puts a human touch to the Prime Minister.
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