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Young Trudeau: 1919-1944: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This book shines a light of devastating clarity on French-Canadian society in the 1930s and 1940s, when young elites were raised to be pro-fascist, and democratic and liberal were terms of criticism. The model leaders to be admired were good Catholic dictators like Mussolini, Salazar in Portugal, Franco in Spain, and especially Pétain, collaborator with the Nazis in Vichy ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 17th 2006 by Douglas Gibson Books (first published April 10th 2006)
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Mikey B.
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, canada
Trudeau As Young Fascist!

An analytical biography of young Trudeau that successfully breaks down some of the myths behind the aura of the man. Here are some of the myths dispelled:

- Trudeau as young rebel, as recalcitrant student.
- Trudeau was very much a product of his environment. The authors paint a picture of Quebec from the 1920's thru the early 1940's. That picture is not very ennobling. The French Canadians of Quebec were sequestered within a religious-ethnic cocoon. There was little con
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Alex
I really wanted to look beyond the axe this book had to grind (or its "thesis", I should say) and just enjoy new Trudeau tidbits, but the self-congratulatory tone of this thing is truly objectionable. It lists a lot of shit Trudeau did when he was younger. Some of it was normal, some of it stupid, some of it genuinely dodgy. The author never seems to come to grips with the fact that everyone holds stupid opinions when they're young. Yes, it's mildly surprising that Trudeau went in for the semi-f ...more
Nile
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty interesting book especially if you're interested in PET. Although there is a good deal of speculation the authors do a great job of providing us with a lot of missing information regarding the way he thought earlier on in his life and whether or not it was a progress of his upbringing it's still pretty intense to discover.
Rob
Nov 13, 2008 added it
Shows that a bright and creative young person could indeed "hang around with terrorists" as he tests himself and his ideas against the world, and then turn out to be one of his country's greatest leaders.
Mickey Macdonald
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
very good read. delves much deeper into his thinking than other biographies.
James
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canada-canada-us
Excellent and balanced book of a flawed but towering figure in Canadian history.
Bianca
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Discussed things such as Trudeau's past ideologies and his becoming of man-- a good, raw truth book!
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