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Memoirs Hardcover – Nov 9 1993

3.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (Nov. 9 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771085885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771085888
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charismatic, bicultural, and intellectual, Pierre Trudeau was the towering figure of the Canadian 20th century. For a complete picture of his legacy one can look to his influential early political essays and to the excellent biographies by Richard Gwyn as well as Christina McCall and Stephen Clarkson, but the first place to turn is Trudeau's own account, in his 1993 Memoirs.

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“A highly readable and entertaining book. Vintage Trudeau indeed.”
–Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

“Pure Trudeau – witty, arrogant, intelligent and partisan…a must read for anyone interested in this country.”
Calgary Sun

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By A Customer on Sept. 18 2005
Format: Hardcover
I used to really like Trudeau when I was a student, and I eagerly waited for this book to arrive on the shelves. I was sorely disappointed, even for a former fan. Its all self-congratulatory chapters, and very little on details or anaylysis. We never really get an idea of what Trudeau thought - just the standard lines one would read in any newspaper. So save your money and watch the CBC television documentary for the propaganda. The CBC is good at this stuff and Trudeau is their hero.
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Format: Paperback
This is as fine a memoir as one could expect from a man who kept his secret self so distant from others that one suspects he sometimes found the line difficult to cross himself. Trudeau was not only the most intelligent prime minister Canada ever had, but probably the most brilliant statesman any nation ever had. However, his mind went to places that were not always to do with the ebb & flow of politics. It is unfortunate that this memoire does not tell us more about the man's secret self. I don't mean just gossip column things, I refer to his thoughts on life, literature, & art: topics on which anyone who knew him recognized his mastery. The book is brilliant too, but I suggest that it requires some reading between the lines to catch at what Monsieur Trudeau only hints. It's his truth from the inside, after all, so he shouldn't be expected to see himself "objectively" & account for the way he was seen by others. This can be uncomfortable sometimes. For example, when he was nearly defeated in the first election after "Trudeaumania" in 1972 because he attempted to be straight, true, & honest with the Canadian public, he roared back playing the "promise'em the world" consumate politician in 1974 to a majority government. I would have wished for more third person objectivity here. Still Trudeau was a giant mind & giant will amongst mental idiots & usual politicoes during his tenure. I believe he has the right to do just what he did in this magnificent memoire: Speak from the heights & tell it as he alone saw it. Bravo! We'll not see his like again.
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Format: Hardcover
Obviously ghost-written, the book treats the reader like a simpleton. It is an awful failure of a book. It's too bad Trudeau was too lazy to write a proper autobiography.
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By A Customer on Sept. 27 2004
Format: Hardcover
No doubt a real memoir from Pierre Trudeau would have been greatly interesting. All he left was a sloppy collection of miscellaneous writings. Richard Gwyn's biography, "The Prince", provides a better portrait.
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excellent It suited my needs perfectly
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very reliable and quick service. Good book to read.
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