Stephen Harper Hardcover – Aug 12 2015
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Globe and Mail 100 — 2015
About the Author
JOHN IBBITSON is Writer at Large for the Globe and Mail, having also served as chief political writer, political affairs columnist and bureau chief in Washington and Ottawa. His previous political books include the national number-one bestselling The Big Shift (with Darrell Bricker), The Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream and Open and Shut: Why America Has Barack Obama and Canada Has Stephen Harper. A winner of the Governor General's Award, Ibbitson has been shortlisted for the Donner Prize, the National Newspaper Award, the Trillium Award, and the City of Toronto Book Award. He lives in Ottawa.
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I came away with a more complete understanding of the last ten years of conservative rule in Canada and of course the timing of the book with an election on helped form my voting decision.
If you have seen Ibbitson on various television political panels the book reads like he speaks, succinct, thoughtful, and well researched without the need to be the centre of the discussion.
As you can probably tell- I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in Canadian political affairs.
I suppose it's just a matter of perspective. People who love Harper connect with his persona, while those who don't, can't seem to see past the stiff mask he puts up, or they simply prefer someone more "charismatic", because that's more important to them than a person they can't connect with; doesn't matter if that person is taking good care of business. Then again there are many who would argue that he wasn't taking good care of business and was in fact "destroying" Canada. Again, it's all a matter of perspective.
I also admire Harper's strength and authenticity. Unlike Trudeau, who seems to be thriving on adulation, Harper has no interest in pleasing people to gain popularity; he could care less whether he was popular or not. All he was ever interested in was doing the right thing according to what he believed was the right thing to do... whether it clashed with what the masses believed, was beside the point. His adament attitude was one of his flaws that attracted so much hatred towards him, and it's understandable. Even I, a Harper fan, couldn't always understand his stance on certain issues. But in the end I still prefer and trust a Prime Minister who cares more about being authentic - even if that means garnering hatred towards him - than a pompous one motivated by adulation.Read more ›
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It's great to finally see a book that isn't heavy-handedly pounding Harper's name into the dirt. If you want to read a balanced view on his life and his time in office, this is the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marc G
Going into the 2015 election I thought I should try to better understand Stephen Harper on the chance that he would win an unlikely fourth term in office. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary Ellen Purkis
It is a coincidence that I write this review in the same week as Harper suffered a stunning defeat in the October 19 General Election. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maurice A. Rhodes
Best book I've read in years. An education in Canadian History. Thank You Mr. Ibbitson! I plan to read more of your books. Definitely worth the price.Published 9 months ago by Laura B.
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