Published on the 30th anniversary of Trudeau’s coming to power, this fascinating collection of twenty-three original, eclectic essays offers a fresh perspective on the life and legacy of our country’s fifteenth prime minister. The contributors, all Canadian – historians, journalists, philosophers, playwrights, novelists, and former politicians – survey Trudeau as part of the Canadian political tradition, but also as lover, outdoorsman, communicator, and cultural icon.
About Trudeau’s Shadow
No other politician has ever had the impact on this country and its people that Pierre Elliott Trudeau did. This iconoclastic anti-politician emerged from nowhere in the mid-1960s, and from 1968-1984 governed Canada, sometimes well, sometimes poorly. Even after Trudeau left office, he remained a player, his infrequent speeches and public appearances sufficient still to alter the course of events.
Now, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Trudeau’s coming to power, Andrew Cohen and J.L. Granatstein have commissioned 23 new, never-before-published essays from a diverse group of Canadians, all of whom in some way or another have been influenced by this enigmatic leader.
Among the esteemed essayists are Larry Zolf, Max Nemni, Michael Bliss, Richard Gwyn, Linda Griffiths, Mark Kingwell, Robert Mason Lee, Jim Coutts, Rick Salutin, Andrew Coyne, Linda McQuaig, Bob Rae, Donald Macdonald, James Raffan and B.W. Powe.
As a whole, this is a stunning and important collection of work from an amazing scope of people — controversial, hard-hitting, fascinating.
"Acelebration of a man and his aura…. The diversity of the contributors reflects Trudeau’s many faces." - Winnipeg Free Press
"Poignant portraits and biting commentary on the philosopher king who often played court jester…. An apt reminder of the Trickster-like guises of the most interesting Canadian public figure in the last half-century. Memorable." - The Vancouver Sun
"A smorgasbord of impressions and assessments–. It’s a delightful situation. And chances are the reader is going to come away with some new slants and insights." – London Free Press
"Contains a few nuggets which hadn’t been exposed before…. Explores some new aspects of the Trudeau myth and draws fresh insight." – The Calgary Herald