Years after his stint as prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau is still remembered as the wittiest and
most astute leader Canada has ever had. Carefully edited by veteran journalist Ron Graham, The Essential Trudeau presents Trudeau's thoughts on a variety of themes - from democracy and
nationalism to free enterprise and federalism - in a systematic, easy-to-read form. This is not the first
published collection of Trudeau's writing, but its breadth and brevity make it the one you can't be
"The Essential Trudeau" is a well crafted novel that manages to amalgamate all of Trudeau's views
on politics into one pocketbook sized novel. What made it very interesting was its ability to seize the
reader with it simplicity.
Unlike most other political books, this one manages to use language that
can be understood by the youngest of Trudeauites. Pierre Trudeau himself contributes to the novel
by adding new information on his views and justification for past political decisions while he was in
This is a very brave book that looks at the views of a man considered to be Canada's most
influential Prime Minister. An entire range of topics are covered in this book, including "The state of
Quebec nationalism" and "The Role of the state".
I highly recomend this novel, as it presents the
views of a man who will go down in history as a true liberal."
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