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The Way It Works: Inside Ottawa

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The ultimate insider takes us behind the scenes, in the book everyone is waiting for.

As Jean Chrétien’s right-hand man for thirty years in Ministries all over Ottawa, Eddie Goldenberg got to know how things worked — especially from 1993 to 2003, when he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister.

What did this title mean? It meant that Eddie made things happen. For exa
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Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Douglas Gibson Books (first published September 26th 2006)
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Craig
A definite love letter to Chrétien and an interesting look at politics from his top advisor. It is easy to forget how long Chrétien was Prime Minister and how many important events and times he was in power for. George Bush (both), '95 Referendum, 9/11, Paul Martin, Clinton, Sponsorship Scandal etc. Goldenberg tends to downplay or explain away the failures while celebrating the successes which is to be expected but it was a good read.
Dan
Jun 25, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
interesting inside account of the PMO. made me hate Chretien (which is odd, considering how the book is a love letter to him), respect Manley and Martin a ton and think that despite having views that are quite different than mine, Goldenberg is an intelligent, component and good human. Surprised by the positive view Goldenberg has of Harper in the book and the lack of mention of Irwin Cotler.

Kevin
The book started off very slowly and very dryly. What I liked about it, though, as once it got into the issues Chretien truly faced. This book talks about the process of separatism, 9/11 and the knowledge economy in a fantastic and highly educational way.
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