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on December 24, 2012
For a book that claims to be about something as broad and epochal as "The Death of Liberal Canada", it has a frustratingly narrow focus. Newman had the idea for this book before the 2011 election when he started following Ignatieff and conducting interviews for a book to be titled The Making of a Prime Minister about the man's rise to power. It seems like when that didn't quite pan out he re-purposed that material, added some segments about the history of the Liberal Party and rushed out the present book.

To Newman's credit, the book does have some interesting things to say about the party, and the insider account of Ignatieff's recruitment and time as Liberal leader are valuable, but I can't help feeling like I've been deceived by the book's title and marketing. It's a biography of Ignatieff and chronicle of his role in the party's history more than anything else. If that's what you're looking for, you'll enjoy this book. If it's not, it may still be worth a read as long as you don't come into it with any false expectations.
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on January 5, 2013
Peter Newman admitted it early, this was supposed to be a book about Ignatieff's rise to power; it was changed mid-stream as a result of the 2011 election. The result is a number of chapters with fascinating revelations about the inner workings of the Liberal party, particularly when pertaining to Ignatieff's recruitment, rise and defeat. However, there are also a number of chapters that come off as either out of place or shallow filler. The biographical elements delve too deep into Ignatieff's history and psyche. A biography of Prime Minister Ignatieff should probably include a discussion of his relationship with his father or a description of the family's summer home in France. An analysis of the decline of the Liberal Party, not so much.

I would definitely recommend this book to political junkies and anyone looking for a bit of insight into the Grits as they enter what may be their last leadership campaign. However, this is not the full and definitive account of the death (or near death) of Canada's natural governing party.
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on April 27, 2012
I must admit I was very disappointed by this uneven work.

Newman's writing remains crisp, the problem is his thought and his thesis about the Liberal Party of Canada are a mix of bang on or bozo.

At is core, I sense that Newman is writing this not as an actual practioner of Canadian politics, but as someone who reads a lot about it and talks a lot about it. And the difference shows in this work.

There is some original stuff in here, which is fantastic. But for the most part, I thought I was getting a regurgitated revision of what others like Paul Wells have already published.
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on February 14, 2014
I did not order this book but would have because I do like Peter Newman. I was not invoiced for it nor did I receive it. Peter Newman is and excellent writer.
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on January 5, 2012
When the Gods changed by Peter C.Newman shade a new light on Canadian politics and the demises of the Liberal party.
It is a "must read" for those of us who are trying to grasp how the conservatives party has arrived to be a majority government and how the libs will have to rel=built themselves from here on for the future.
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