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Being Prime Minister
By (author): J.D.M. Stewart
9781459738485 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation Canada Jun 16, 2018
$26.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in | 540 gr 344 pages 22 B&W illustrations, notes, Bibliography, Index Dundurn
Dewey Divas and the Dudes Spring 2018 Pick 2018, Commended
Behind the politics, discover the lives of Canada's leaders.

Canada has had twenty-three prime ministers, all with views and policies that have differed as widely as the ages in which they lived. But what were they like as people? Being Prime Minister takes you behind the scenes to tell the story of Canada’s leaders and the job they do as it has never been told before.

From John A. Macdonald to Justin Trudeau, readers get a glimpse of the prime ministers as they travelled, dealt with invasions of privacy, met with celebrities, and managed the stress of the nation’s top job. Humorous and hard working, vain and vulnerable, Canada leaders are revealed as they truly were.

  • Canadians have never been more interested in their prime ministers’ personal lives, or their sometimes secretive true selves
  • Presents surprising inside stories about the lives of past prime ministers, like the time Brian Mulroney shot a boar with Boris Yeltsin and found himself in hot water, or how teatotaling PM John Diefenbaker charmed his way through a round of drinks without having to decline a drink or take a single sip
  • Author is a recognized authority on the subject of prime ministers, whose writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, and many more newspapers
  • Author was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian history

J.D.M. Stewart is a Canadian history teacher. His writing has appeared in newspapers across Canada for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Toronto.

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Kendra Martin,

“With lively anecdotes and thoughtful insights, Stewart reminds us that there are human beings behind the headlines. This absorbing and original book explores aspects of political life that are
too often ignored.” —CHARLOTTE GRAY, author of The Promise of Canada

“A valuable and insightful look at the triumphs, trials, and tribulations of the people who have held the highest office in the land. A must read for anyone who wants a better understanding of what it takes to lead our country.” —DON NEWMAN, retired senior parliamentary editor for CBC

“Bursts with details and anecdotes on the daily lives of the very human men and woman who
have led us. A trove of trivia treasures.” —JOHN IBBITSON, Globe and Mail journalist and author of Stephen Harper

“A fun and fascinating book that reminds us that prime ministers are human; each with
unique strengths, quirks, and foibles. Well researched, crisply written, and refreshingly non partisan, it is immensely enjoyable, gossipy, heartwarming.” —JOHN BOYKO, author of Cold Fire

“Each of the remarkable people who have occupied Canada’s highest office are brought vividly to life on the pages of this immensely readable book. A super fun and worthwhile read.” —Senator LINDA FRUM

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