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The Secret Mulroney Tapes: Unguarded Confessions of a Prime Minister

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The Secret Mulroney Tapes is an outrageous and intimate portrait of a Canadian prime minister, as told in his own words. There has never been a political book like this, and there will almost certainly never be another.

Peter C. Newman, the author of books about John Diefenbaker, Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Elliott Trudeau, as well as 2004’s number-one bestselling memoir,
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Vintage Canada (first published 2005)
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Too one-sided. Weren’t it for Newman’s lengthy introduction and his short analyses, rarely would there have been any objectivity. But the book’s purpose, as Newman has said repeatedly, is not to summarize Mulroney’s tenure but to provide an intimate look at Canada’s probably most hated PM.

One can understand the Mulroneys’ outrage when it comes to how the media reported on the PM’s tenure, considering how they turned a blind eye on Chrétien’s similar partisanship. Mulroney can be blamed for this
Canadian political voyeurism of our former Prime Minister. Mulroney could be equally charming and spitefully partisan. As with many Canadians, I had mixed feelings about him. Still, he was one man who could have taken on that other great political streetfighter, Jean Chretien, and landed serious blows.

This is starting to seem like a distant chapter in Canadian history; Meech Lake, NAFTA, the memorable 1983 convention where Mulroney ousted Joe Clark. Newman, a product of that political era, lets
Gary Maunder
A great book to read. Mulroney makes his biases perfectly clear and the portrait that emerges is not as negative as the dispute between the author and the subject would lead us to believe. I must read for anyone interested in Canadian politics.
Adam DeVille, Ph.D.
A fast, amusing read that takes you back to the tedium of the 1980s and early 1990s when Mulroney was in power in Canada. Full of the bluster that made Canadians hate him, and a great deal of colourful language.
Sean Demarco
I tried very hard to read this but as an uneducated person who did not finish highschool the way it was written was impossible to understand.
This was trashy and gossipy, but I oddly enjoyed it and it made me warm to Mulroney in a way I hadn't expected.
Mostly reminded me how much I'd like to kick Mulroney...
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