Bestselling, award-winning author Robert Wright sets the record straight nearly twenty years after the death of Pierre Elliott Trudeau
The Globe and Mail praises Trudeaumania as “[f]ascinating. More than any other, this aspect of Trudeau’s story requires a historical passport, and Wright provides one.” Trudeaumania is about Pierre Trudeau’s rise to power in 1968. This is a story we thought we knew—the epic saga of the hip Montrealer who drove up to Ottawa in his Mercedes in 1965, wowed the country with his dictum that “the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation,” rocked the new medium of television like no one since JFK, and in scant months rode the crest of Canadians’ Centennial-era euphoria into power. This is Canada’s own Camelot myth. It embodies the quirkiness, the passion and the youthful exuberance we ascribe to the 1960s even now. Many of us cherish it. Unfortunately, it is almost entirely wrong. In 1968 Trudeau put forward his vision for Canada’s second century, without guile, without dissembling and without a hard sell. Take it or leave it, he told Canadians. If you do not like my ideas, vote for someone else. We took it.
Trudeaumania illuminates this important part of our history and shines a light on our future.
“An absolutely incredible book--Wright’s best by a wide margin. It’s gripping as hell, with a ton of energy and momentum. Like all great history books, this book teaches us as much about the present, and how we got here, as it does about the past.”
“Fascinating. More than any other, this aspect of Trudeau’s story requires a historical passport, and Wright provides one.”
“Trudeaumania is a rare type of accessible intellectual history. Wright has struck an excellent balance between his own analysis, quotes from contemporary journalists, and letting Trudeau’s words (and the man is endlessly quotable) speak for themselves.”
“[An] insightful view of a turning point in Canada’s history . . . does sterling service to Trudeau’s memory.”
“Robert Wright is a historian, one of a very few who can draw the drama out of past events without sacrificing authenticity and integrity.”
“A fascinating and well-constructed narrative.”