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Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: 1968-2000 By John English,

  • Title: Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: 1968-2000
  • Author: John English
  • ISBN: 9780676975239
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 styThis 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.
    Just Watch Me The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau 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 sweep

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    1. Trudeau was a unique and complex prime minister How good a prime minister he was or wasn t only history and time will tell This is a great read.

    2. This is a thorough and sympathetic review of Pierre Trudeau s years in power starting from 1968 less than 40 pages of the book are concerned with the years after 1984.Mr English covers the tumult of this era from the short honeymoon of Trudeau mania to his vehement opposition to the Meech Lake Accord His biography puts to rest the myth that Trudeau was merely an image While it is true that Trudeau knew how to project himself to the media he was a complicated and captivating individual For many C [...]

    3. I was born just after Trudeau finished his fourth and final term, so it was interesting to find out what I missed I come from a family who adore Trudeau, which I suspect is largely based on his fight for bilingualism in Canada my family is French Canadian from Ontario More interesting was it to find out why Albertans dislike Trudeau so much, as I discovered while living in Edmonton for several years The polarization fascinated me after years of hearing about what a great man he was.Just Watch Me [...]

    4. As a political history of Canada in the nineteen seventies and eighties this is a very comprehensive work As a biography of Trudeau it reflects the reality of Trudeau as a political animal As the story of Trudeau the man it lacks the emotional content required except in a few notable instances.I learned about the polical history of my country from this book than I did about Trudeau as a human being While the case can be made that he was and is a seminal figure in the history of the time I would [...]

    5. The second volume of John English s account of the life of Canada s most magnetic and controversial prime minister is another well done piece of writing, though at times one wonders if English has not bitten off than might be readily put into a single volume The first volume covered the period from Trudeau s birth in 1919 to his being designated as prime minister in 1968 Here, English opts to cover the entirety of Trudeau s ministry in a single volume and, indeed, Volume 2 s date subtitle might [...]

    6. The insane length of time that it too me to read this book reflects in no way on its quality It is an excellent book, rich in both personal details and political history Not surprisingly, the content was not quite as fast paced as the first one, as Trudeau s early life as a rich intellectual playboy, then superstar politician, is pretty hard to beat The reality of political life that this book documents can be a bit slow going at times the constitutional battles, the oil crisis and stagflation, [...]

    7. A nuanced, captivating, and engrossing biography about the political life of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau a legendary politician who combined the debonaire style of JFK with the transformative stature of FDR and his impact in shaping modern Canada Trudeaumania of the 1960s official bilingualism and the policy of multiculturalism the independent, third way policy of rapprochement during the Cold War the controversial use of the War Measures Act to combat militant, violent [...]

    8. Volume 2 of the biography Much absorbing than volume 1 which I also enjoyed Full treatment of all the major battles of his years in power the October Crisis, NEP, the constitutional fight and all the elections won and lost His duel with Rene Levesque is given its proper due and so is his wild social life and in particular the stressful years with Margaret are handled well English could perhaps have revealed of Trudeau s House of Commons repartee which is how many of us got to see him in action [...]

    9. For one of the Canadian greats, Trudeau was a shockingly flawed prime minister English portrays him as a man who frequently lost his drive, neglected numerous portfolios and was a hard man to work along with over an extended period of time Yet Trudeau chose his passions well, and his insistence on patriating the constitution, neutralizing the Quebec separatist movement and transforming Canada into a bilingual federation left such deep and lasting effects on Canada.English gets somewhat bogged do [...]

    10. One can t help but admire Trudeau s resistance to political tides Bismarck said that the job of a statesman is to grab God s cloak as he walks by, but Trudeau never did that He had a few issues he cared out, a couple of core convictions, and he never wavered from them while being willing to compromise on those matters he considered inessential Another lesson to draw from this work is how much Trudeau made of his briefer second term in power 1980 1984 than his first, much longer one 1968 1979 It [...]

    11. Both a political and a personal memoir, the author strikes a careful balance between including as much interesting information as possible and overwhelming the reader with detail The author s summaries and conclusions are interesting and insightful and without a doubt, will be contested, particularly west of Ontario and within Quebec.I felt I got a sense of what it was like to live through some of these times how scary it must have been to live through the October Crisis I was only 3 and don t r [...]

    12. Although this book provides a detailed account of Pierre Trudeau s time as Prime Minister, it offers few insights into the man himself Apart from a chapter on his relationship with Margaret, it says little about his life outside the office I was also disappointed that it didn t to into greater detail about his life after leaving office More than a decade gets a few paragraphs In all, the first volume was informative about Trudeau s life and thinking.

    13. This comprehensive but never dull book is the second volume of the biography of Pierre Elliott Trudeau It follows him through his time as Prime Minister and the years afterward with a compassionate but balanced review of his public and private life For anyone interested in the forces that have shaped our country, this is worth a read.

    14. A mightily impressive biography, even if the second volume, detailing Trudeau s time in power, is oddly less compelling than the first, which deals mainly with his life before politics There were also some strange editing errors in the edition I read, with one passage repeated twice in the same chapter Recommended all the same.

    15. This second volume of Pierre Trudeau deals with his life, mainly political, from 1968 until his death in 2000 You have to like politics, which I do, to enjoy this book It also deals with his relationships with his wife and various other ladies as well as his children Overall a very interesting book, but I doubt if we will ever completely understand this complex and all too human man.

    16. As an official biography, the author had access to many of Trudeau s private papers Still this is an treatment that is not afraid to be critical at times, even though at bottom Mr English is favorable toward his subject A fascinating, enthralling read, giving a full picture of Trudeau and the times in which he was prime minister.

    17. A great biography by a tremendous author I do not agree with every take that John English has on Trudeau but he forces readers to consider not just the man but the times and the challenges he had to face I wish all biographies were this balanced and well written.

    18. Very interesting Slow in some parts, which is usual for a political based autobiography, but he was charismatic in life, and on the page.

    19. Fantasticd by accident made me see Margaret Thatcher in a new and not so good light Definitely worth reading.

    20. An interesting and satisfying look at Trudeau from 1968 and his ascent as leader of the Liberal Party in Canada until his death in 2000.

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