Memoirs

  • Title: Memoirs
  • Author: Pierre Trudeau
  • ISBN: 9780771085871
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • Memoirs Pierre Trudeau was prime minister of Canada from to and from to This is his story told in his own words Take a look through the book When you do you will find that this remarkabl
    Pierre Trudeau was prime minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984 This is his story, told in his own words.Take a look through the book When you do, you will find that this remarkable memoir has many qualities It is PERSONALAs if he were sitting across the table from you, Pierre Trudeau reminisces about his life in an informal, direct way He starts wiPierre Trudeau was prime minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984 This is his story, told in his own words.Take a look through the book When you do, you will find that this remarkable memoir has many qualities It is PERSONALAs if he were sitting across the table from you, Pierre Trudeau reminisces about his life in an informal, direct way He starts with his memories of his family, especially his mother and father, to whom the book is dedicated There are memorable events from childhood here, such as a visit to complain to the principal on his second day at school Later there is a lunchroom encounter with a high school bully and then, at the age of fifteen, real tragedy Aroused by the ringing of the telephone, I came out of my room to go downstairs and find out what was happening But I froze on the landing when I heard the awful words Your father is dead, Pierre PHILOSOPHICALAfter an extensive education in Montreal, Boston, London, and Paris, Trudeau set off with a backpack to travel around the world He tells how he went through one war zone after another, encountering armed bandits and being arrested in wartime Jordan as a Jewish spy These adventures and further travels through India and war torn China left with him a deep belief in the rights of the individual and the vital role of government in protecting these rights He tells how his hatred of narrow nationalism reinforced his stand against requests for special treatment by successive Quebec governments.POLITICALFrom the day he decided to go to Ottawa as a Liberal MP in 1965, Trudeau was clearly on a fast track After becoming minister of justice in 1967 and tackling very controversial law reforms, he ran for the leadership and became prime minister in 1968 the first Canadian leader born in the twentieth century He talks about his use of the Liberal machine and all the electoral fights that followed over the year, providing interesting insights into his contests with national opponents such as Robert Stanfield, David Lewis, Joe Clark a tougher opponent than the man who deposed him , Ed Broadbent, and Brian Mulroney, about whose virtues he is eloquently silentRSONALITY FILLEDAs a leader whose time in office ran from the fall of Charles de Gaulle to the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev, Pierre Trudeau was able to exert his influence to break down the Cold War mentality He enjoyed good personal rapport with such different leaders as Chou Enlai, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Helmut Schmidt, and Fran ois Mitterand His relations with Richard Nixon and Margaret Thatcher were less warm, and he was less impressed by Ronald Reagan s intellect than by the wisdom of the QueenTRIOTICWhether they loved him or hated him, Canadians knew that in Pierre Trudeau s time, the government stood up for Canada He stood up to the domestic terrorism of the FLQ and he makes no apologies here for his tough response to the October Crisis in 1970 just as he stood up to the provincial premiers including R n L vesque who he believed were blocking the patriation of Canada s constitution ten years laterRTINENTThe author s preface ends with a word to you, the reader Whether you were a Liberal Cabinet colleague, a Canadian voter whose support we sought, or a young Canadian whose future we tried to improve, you are a part of this book.

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    About Pierre Trudeau


    1. Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, PC, CC, CH, QC, MSRC usually known as Pierre Trudeau or Pierre Elliott Trudeau , was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984.Pierre Trudeau was a charismatic figure who, from the late 1960s until the mid 1980s, dominated the Canadian political scene and aroused passionate reactions Reason before passion was his personal motto He haunts us still, biographers Christina McCall and Stephen Clarkson wrote in 1990 Admirers praise the force of Trudeau s intellect and they salute his political acumen in preserving national unity and establishing the Charter of Rights and Freedoms within Canada s constitution His detractors accuse him of arrogance, economic mismanagement, and unduly favouring the authority of the federal government in relation to the provinces, but despite the controversy, both Trudeau s defenders and detractors agree he left a mark on the Canadian politics of his time.Trudeau led Canada through a hard period of Canadian history, and was often the centre of attention and controversy Known for his flamboyance, he dated celebrities, was accused of using an obscenity during debate in the House of Commons, and once did a pirouette behind the back of Queen Elizabeth II.


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    1. Excellent, but then I'm a big fan of this great Canadian that took on the job of PM, not for the $ (he had plenty) but for the love of his country. He was intelligent, well spoken and a class act. His memoir sheds light on some of the tough decisions and things he had to do as PM. Enjoyed it tremendously.

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    2. A thorough account of his childhood and years pursuing a formal education followed by a period pursuing an informal education by touring the world. Also a thorough account of his political life, and done with virtually no criticism of any of his political opponents. While reading his story, it was difficult to remember that he is no longer with us; it seemed that he was telling the story today. Having grown up and spent the first thirty years of my life in Western Canada, I was not a subscriber [...]

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    3. I was 16 years old when PET first came into power and this book brought be back to the 'Trudeaumania' days. It also reinforced my admiration of his governing style.

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    4. Published in 1993, this set of former Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s memoirs briefly covers the first 49 years of his life including childhood, early world travels and entry into politics, and then concentrates on his time as Prime Minister from 1968-1984. Anyone who is familiar with Trudeau’s time in office knows that humility was never his strong suit. But the man could lead – and here we gain insight into how he did that and how strong self-confidence (alright – arrogance) helped h [...]

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    5. I snatched this one from my mom's bookshelf. I really didn't know anything about PET except my family didn't like him, so I correctly assumed him to a liberal, and that he created PETRO CAN, which my aunt told me (when I was about 10) that it stood for 'Pierre Elliot Trudeau Ripped Off Canada. In the back cover of the book there was a review which I made the mistake of reading. As discussed in the review, the book was written in very simple terms, for such an intellectual, and it didn't go in de [...]

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    6. While I'll admit to greatly admiring Pierre Elliott Trudeau, I did try to read his Memoirs with an unbaised view. What I found was a man who attempted to view his world without bias, to plot a course of justice, equality and dynamism that has, in fact, shaped the very foundation of what it means to be Canadian. His memoire is written in a very casual, conversational tone. You can almost hear him speaking. As such it's also a remarkable insight into the man, who, I believe, was not the arrogant t [...]

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    7. The high point of this book arrives on page 122, with a picture of Trudeau having a chat with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The caption reads:"I was pleased to receive John Lennon (a member of the Beatles) and his wife, Yoko Ono, in Ottawa in December 1969. He was kind enough to say afterwards: 'If all politicians were like Mr. Trudeau, there would be world peace.' I must say that 'give peace a chance' has always seemed to me to be sensible advice."Also included is a full page spread of Trudeau cano [...]

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    8. As Trudeau explains, this auto-biography includes a compliation of his transcripts from a series of interviews with the CBC during his later years. I have always been fascinated by Trudeau's impact on the Canadian public because he was a leader before my time, and this book revealed to me an arrogance and a stubborness I did not understand before - neither quality of which I think he tried to hide either in life or this book. Yet, I could also see how 'Trudeaumania' could have existed. In the en [...]

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    9. A broad, interesting, but hardly piercing autobiography. Mr Trudeau's self-confidence is evident everywhere and he often quotes other's opinions of him, a somewhat annoying habit. His belief in the individual is well-outlined but I find it at variance with his promotion of cultural pluralism. I am disappointed that his self-confidence prevented a more thorough searching of his heart and experiences, especially in light of his historical significance.

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    10. Very readable is like a conversation with an intelligent friend. I admired PET and having read his autobiography, respect him even more. It wasn't an easy 'reign' but I lived it and mostly enjoyed it. Thanks Pierre!

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    11. This book turned me into a P. Trudeau admirer. However, it is a bit disheartening to know that it was in fact possible to get a Canadian Charter of Rights without a "not withstanding clause", had some very well intentioned people chosen to not to compromise on this issue.

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    12. I'm not one for politics, but wanted to widen my variety of reads, and this was at my local Value Village. I learned a lot about my own country's political history, and found that I appreciated P. Trudeau's ideals. I was too young to vote when he was leading the country.

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    13. It's a coffee table version of an autobiographybut it's a coffee table biography written by PIERRE BLOODY TRUDEAU! Does it really need ANY other justification? I didn't think so

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    14. Thought I'd brush up on my Canadian history :)

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    15. Really enjoyed it. Provided a really interesting, although probably somewhat biased :), behind the scenes look at one of our greatest Prime Ministers.

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    16. Interesting insights in to the personal experiences that shaped Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau's values and decisions.

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