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Trudeau Transformed: The Shaping of a Statesman 1944-1965 Hardcover – Oct 17 2011

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (Oct. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771051255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771051258
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Young Trudeau: 1919-1944:
"I was extremely shocked." 
— Lysiane Gagnon, Globe and Mail

"Stunning. . . . The book offers a counterpoint to Mr. Trudeau's image as the federalist bulwark of liberal values." 
— Ingrid Peretz, Globe and Mail

"Mesmerizing fun to read. . . . The Nemnis' book is one of the truly great contributions to Canadian political history." 
— Terence Corcoran, National Post

"What a different Pierre Trudeau, a dangerous, narrow Pierre Trudeau. . . . Now we know in vivid, painful detail courtesy of the Nemnis' arresting book, that the young Pierre Trudeau was no Talbot Papineau."
— Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail

About the Author

MAX and MONIQUE NEMNI are former university professors who in the 1990s acted as editors of the famous magazine Cité Libre that was founded by intellectuals including Trudeau. When they asked their friend if they could write an "intellectual biography" of him, he agreed, throwing open all of his voluminous papers (he kept notes on everything he read). This second volume of their biography has taken five years to research and write. Although the husband and wife team are bilingual and live in Toronto, they write in French. The translation is provided by GEORGE TOMBS, a well-regarded translator based in Montreal.

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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 11 2012
Format: Hardcover
While I like English's "Citizen of the World" with respect to what it says about Trudeau becoming a genuine cosmopolitan throughout his life, I don't think it effectively addresses how he intellectually acquired those ideas that made him sensitive and aware to life outside his early privileged existence. That task is left to the Nemnis, a well-qualified husband-and-wife academic partnership, to research, analyse, and compile in "Trudeau Transformed". This book, as a sequel to "Young Trudeau", strives to look at how Trudeau of the 1940s suddenly became an individual who gradually acquired a well-tested body of thought and theory that would eventually help transform his homeland of Quebec from a parochial backwater into a modern democratic state. In those early days, he is viewed as a person of many conflicting views that arise from an inner struggle to find what actually works for the greater good of society: law and order, personal freedom, or both. It is through this greening process that we see Trudeau become a nimble thinker, a keen observer, an acerbic writer, and a formidable political activist. By being granted full access to the extensive Trudeau archives, the Nemnis have provided their readers with a clearer picture of who this enigmatic and often paradoxical character in Canadian history really was. A stint at Harvard exposed him to the more liberal dynamics of Keynesian economic theory that challenged his earlier safe reliance on the traditional authority of the state to lead and direct. Out of this learning experience came a Trudeau who was hungry to extend his political and social learning curve in other world cities like Paris, London, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Delhi.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
more complete and more dense than volume one we see the birth of cite libre the time spent by trudeau at harvard . his masters laski and mounier . his friendship with therese gouin and pelletier and more . et la greve de l amiante en 1949 and the book that he wrote about it . still a lot to say . a grand read and one of the best books of 2011 . IMO.
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Format: Hardcover
Just finished this book, and I found it very interesting. The Nemnis do an excellent job detailing Trudeau's evolution from the narrow Quebec nationalism and clericalism of his youth into the Trudeau we came to know later, and illustrate the strong influence that several educators had on him. The stories of his battles against the church and the Duplessis regime are fascinating. Some readers may find it a bit too detailed, but the book is a good complement to John English's biography as well as Trudeau's own writings.
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Format: Paperback
great intellectual bio of the 15 th prime minister of canada . more complete than book one . cover a wider range
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This book is not very good, too much and not very engaging. Read about 100 pages and couldn't take it anymore, if you are a fan of this politician please get this book but if you are just interested in politics in general don't get this book.
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