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The other Mrs. Diefenbaker Hardcover – 1982

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; 1st ed edition (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385170890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385170895
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #555,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
This book served its purpose when it was written, in the aftermath of the death of John D. Diefenbaker in 1979, when the public at large started to become aware that there had been an Edna Diefenbaker before Olive Diefenbaker.

Some of the records which would have been useful for this book were sealed until 1999. Since then, Denis Smith's copious biography of John Diefenbaker, 'Rogue Tory', which also contains a great deal of information about Edna, used the newly available sources.

So this book is both too dated to be reissued, and in any case Denis Smith's work will now probably be unsurpassed.

But for its time, the book served its purpose of educating Canadians about Edna Diefenbaker. In any case, in the aftermath of The Chief's state funeral, there was certainly a market for it.

Simma Holt's main thesis seems to be that Edna made John Diefenbaker the politician he became.

It is also true that the fact that Edna married John Diefenbaker is the main area of public interest for the book, although it must be stressed that a woman of her undoubted talents could have made her mark elsewhere, which possibly could have merited a different book being written about her.

So they complemented each other. Simma Holt does not exactly say this, though.

Simma Holt, a former Liberal MP, seems to say that Diefenbaker cruelly neglected Edna. But she also acknowledges that Diefenbaker was greatly appreciative of Paul Martin's Senior's advice about medical assistance for Edna, and that Diefenbaker was deeply affected by her death. Without doubt he was absorbed in his work, and could be inconsiderate at times. But the suggestion of a cruel and callous man with no feeling for his ailing wife is one which I do not buy.
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By A Customer on Aug. 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is book offers an excellent insight into the private life of John Diefenbaker through a wide variety of interviews with family, friends, and colleagues. Focusing primarily on the first half-century of his life, many insinuations are made proclaiming Edna Diefenbaker as the backbone of John's political initiation and the top force behind his successful bid to become Prime Minister of Canada.
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I read this book years ago and remember it well. During the time of their marriage - information that came out since - that John Diefenbaker fathered a son with his housekeeper - Mary Rosa LaMarche - named John Eric LaMarche who was adopted out and name changed to Edward Thorne. Edna had severe depression from 1945-1946 and John authorized shock treatments to help her lose some memories. They were married 21 years and she did much to aid his rise to political prominence. When she died of leukemia, he had her buried with his parents, and didn't even fund a separate gravestone for her - it was for his parents, sibling and also for her. (She had never got along well with his Mother.) For himself he pre-planned an elaborate funeral with a train ride across the country. His grandchildren grew up on welfare - as he never took responsibillity for the children he fathered. Another son - George Dryden was born in 1968.
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