Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.3 × 6.27 × 1.09 in
Published: November 22, 2011
Publisher: Random House Of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307358267
ISBN - 13: 9780307358264
Read from the Book
Despite Michael Ignatieff’s best efforts—and at times he was unexpectedly impressive—when the 2011 election was called, the Grits were already dying. This book has two purposes. The first is to reconstruct the Liberal party’s Ferris-wheel experience under the stewardship of Michael Ignatieff, who was on watch for the brief revival of its hopes and its stunning crash to earth. His reign was compelling in its Wagnerian symmetry. His genuine dedication to the party’s rebirth was offset by its state of disrepair, and the self-satisfied hibernation of its previous leaders. His failure was more a symptom of their careless stewardship than his doing—but try as he might, he could not halt the party’s disintegration. My second purpose is to reconstruct the nation-building significance of the Grits in Canadian history, starting with their founding saint, Sir Wilfrid Laurier. He picked up the torch originally lit by reformers such as the shy and introspective Toronto lawyer Robert Baldwin, who sat in the Assembly of Upper Canada for only one year but became an ardent crusader for responsible government. Baldwin influenced the visiting Lord Durham, eventually became co-premier of the newly united province of Canada (today’s Ontario and Quebec), founded the University of Toronto and reformed the judiciary. The alliance he established with Canada East’s liberal reformer Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine made them, in effect if no
From the Publisher
Peter C. Newman, Canada''s most "cussed and discussed" political
journalist, on the death spiral of the Liberal Party.
The May 2, 2011 federal election turned Canadian governance upside
down and inside out. In his newest and possibly most controversial
book, bestselling author Peter C. Newman argues that the Harper
majority will alter Canada so much that we may have to change the
country''s name. But the most lasting impact of the Tory win will
be the demise of the Liberal Party, which ruled Canada for seven of
the last ten decades and literally made the country what it is.
Newman chronicles, in bloody detail, the de-construction of the
Grits'' once unassailable fortress and anatomizes the ways in which
the arrogance embedded in the Liberal genetic code slowly poisoned
the party''s progressive impulses.
When the Gods Changed is the saga of a political
self-immolation unequalled in Canadian history. It took Michael
Ignatieff to light the match.
About the Author
Peter C. Newman has been writing about Canadian politics for nearly
half a century, including books on prime ministers John
Diefenbaker, Lester B. Pearson, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Brian
Mulroney. His Renegade in Power (1963)
revolutionized Canadian political reporting with its controversial
"insiders-tell-all" approach. He did it again four decades later
with The Secret Mulroney Tapes: Unguarded
Confessions of a Prime Minister (2005), a number one bestseller
that became one of the most controversial books ever published in
Canada. The author of twenty-five books that have sold over 2.5
million copies, Newman has won a half dozen of the country''s most
illustrious literary awards, including the Drainie-Taylor Biography
prize for his 2004 memoir, Here Be Dragons:
Telling Tales of People, Passion and Power. A former
editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star and
Maclean''s, Newman has been honoured with a National
Newspaper Award, has been elected to the News Hall of Fame, and has
earned the informal title of Canada''s "most cussed and discussed"
A Globe and Mail Best Book
"The finest journalist of his generation, without equal here
as a writer, editor and reporter…. An important, timely and
engaging book…. Few do substantive, long-form journalism like this
anymore, and no one does it with Newman's eye, ear and ego."
-The Globe and Mail
"Of all the literary lions who roamed the Canadian landscape,
Newman is the fiercest."
"Newman has broken through the normal bounds of journalism to
become an important diarist of our times."
-The Globe and Mail
"Canada made Newman and in some ways Newman made Canada."
-Winnipeg Free Press
"Peter C. Newman is an Icon. . . . The chronicler and conscience of
a country often confused by its identity, he has been perhaps the
most influential journalist Canada has ever known."
"I'd never let you write my biography!"
-Margaret Atwood to Peter C. Newman
"Newman's insights confirm his reputation as a guardian of the best
leaks in Ottawa."
-The New York Times