Citizen of the World

Citizen of the World

The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Book - 2006-2009
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This magnificent second volume, written with exclusive access to Trudeau's private papers and letters, completes what the Globe and Mail called "the most illuminating Trudeau portrait yet written" - sweeping us from sixties' Trudeaumania to his final days when he debated his faith. His life is one of Canada's most engrossing stories. John English reveals how for Trudeau style was as important as substance, and how the controversial public figure intertwined with the charismatic private man and committed father. He traces Trudeau's deep friendships (with women especially, many of them talented artists, like Barbra Streisand) and bitter enmities; his marriage and family tragedy. He illuminates his strengths and weaknesses - from Trudeaumania to political disenchantment, from his electrifying response to the kidnappings during the October Crisis, to his all-important patriation of the Canadian Constitution, and his evolution to influential elder statesman.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2006-2009.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676975239
Characteristics: 2 v. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Just watch me.


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Aug 29, 2016

The last quarter of the book was far less interesting, compared to the first part, which was about his formative years and showed how those years influenced him as a man, as a leader, and as politician. Trudeau's youth was drastically different than the average Canadian, and that was something I did not know before. He related well with women, but was much more closed with men. I think one would say the same of the current prime minister, Justin Trudeau -- although incredibly popular, friends say he rarely shares anything about himself.

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