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Memoirs

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Pierre Trudeau was prime minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. This is his story, told in his own words.

Take a look through the book. When you do, you will find that this remarkable memoir has many qualities. It is:

PERSONAL
As if he were sitting across the table from you, Pierre Trudeau reminisces about his life in an informal, direct way. He starts wi
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by McClelland & Stewart (first published January 1st 1993)
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Lucie
Mar 04, 2013 Lucie rated it it was amazing
Excellent, but then I'm a big fan of this great Canadian that took on the job of PM, not for the $ (he had plenty) but for the love of his country. He was intelligent, well spoken and a class act. His memoir sheds light on some of the tough decisions and things he had to do as PM. Enjoyed it tremendously.
Wendell Hennan
Apr 27, 2015 Wendell Hennan rated it it was amazing
A thorough account of his childhood and years pursuing a formal education followed by a period pursuing an informal education by touring the world. Also a thorough account of his political life, and done with virtually no criticism of any of his political opponents. While reading his story, it was difficult to remember that he is no longer with us; it seemed that he was telling the story today. Having grown up and spent the first thirty years of my life in Western Canada, I was not a subscriber ...more
Debbie
Dec 07, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Published in 1993, this set of former Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s memoirs briefly covers the first 49 years of his life including childhood, early world travels and entry into politics, and then concentrates on his time as Prime Minister from 1968-1984.

Anyone who is familiar with Trudeau’s time in office knows that humility was never his strong suit. But the man could lead – and here we gain insight into how he did that and how strong self-confidence (alright – arrogance) helped him to do
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Liz
I snatched this one from my mom's bookshelf. I really didn't know anything about PET except my family didn't like him, so I correctly assumed him to a liberal, and that he created PETRO CAN, which my aunt told me (when I was about 10) that it stood for 'Pierre Elliot Trudeau Ripped Off Canada. In the back cover of the book there was a review which I made the mistake of reading. As discussed in the review, the book was written in very simple terms, for such an intellectual, and it didn't go in de ...more
Lorina Stephens
Mar 21, 2009 Lorina Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I'll admit to greatly admiring Pierre Elliott Trudeau, I did try to read his Memoirs with an unbaised view.

What I found was a man who attempted to view his world without bias, to plot a course of justice, equality and dynamism that has, in fact, shaped the very foundation of what it means to be Canadian.

His memoire is written in a very casual, conversational tone. You can almost hear him speaking. As such it's also a remarkable insight into the man, who, I believe, was not the arrogant t
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Daniel
Mar 22, 2007 Daniel rated it it was amazing
The high point of this book arrives on page 122, with a picture of Trudeau having a chat with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The caption reads:

"I was pleased to receive John Lennon (a member of the Beatles) and his wife, Yoko Ono, in Ottawa in December 1969.
He was kind enough to say afterwards: 'If all politicians were like Mr. Trudeau, there would be world peace.'
I must say that 'give peace a chance' has always seemed to me to be sensible advice."

Also included is a full page spread of Trudeau cano
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Jax Wood
Jul 14, 2009 Jax Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Trudeau explains, this auto-biography includes a compliation of his transcripts from a series of interviews with the CBC during his later years. I have always been fascinated by Trudeau's impact on the Canadian public because he was a leader before my time, and this book revealed to me an arrogance and a stubborness I did not understand before - neither quality of which I think he tried to hide either in life or this book. Yet, I could also see how 'Trudeaumania' could have existed. In the en ...more
Andrés
A broad, interesting, but hardly piercing autobiography. Mr Trudeau's self-confidence is evident everywhere and he often quotes other's opinions of him, a somewhat annoying habit. His belief in the individual is well-outlined but I find it at variance with his promotion of cultural pluralism. I am disappointed that his self-confidence prevented a more thorough searching of his heart and experiences, especially in light of his historical significance.
Miguel Hortiguela
Nov 25, 2015 Miguel Hortiguela rated it really liked it
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Interesting insights in to the personal experiences that shaped Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau's values and decisions.
Louisa Ielo
Mar 27, 2013 Louisa Ielo rated it really liked it
I'm not one for politics, but wanted to widen my variety of reads, and this was at my local Value Village. I learned a lot about my own country's political history, and found that I appreciated P. Trudeau's ideals. I was too young to vote when he was leading the country.
Gurinder Singh
This book turned me into a P. Trudeau admirer. However, it is a bit disheartening to know that it was in fact possible to get a Canadian Charter of Rights without a "not withstanding clause", had some very well intentioned people chosen to not to compromise on this issue.
Iris Todd-Lewis
Jun 06, 2013 Iris Todd-Lewis rated it really liked it
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Very readable...it is like a conversation with an intelligent friend. I admired PET and having read his autobiography, respect him even more. It wasn't an easy 'reign' but I lived it and mostly enjoyed it. Thanks Pierre!
Courtney
There is nothing startling about this book. None of it will make you go, "Oh, so THAT'S who Pierre Trudeau was." But it is amazing anyway and I loved it. I could be biased, though. But I doubt it.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 04, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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It's a coffee table version of an autobiography...but it's a coffee table biography written by PIERRE BLOODY TRUDEAU! Does it really need ANY other justification? I didn't think so...
Nile
Sep 04, 2015 Nile rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it. Provided a really interesting, although probably somewhat biased :), behind the scenes look at one of our greatest Prime Ministers.
Erin
Apr 14, 2008 Erin is currently reading it
Thought I'd brush up on my Canadian history :)
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Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, PC, CC, CH, QC, MSRC (usually known as Pierre Trudeau or Pierre Elliott Trudeau), was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984.

Pierre Trudeau was a charismatic figure who, from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s, dominated the Canadian political scene and aroused passionate reactions.
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