Harperland: The Politics of Control by Lawrence MartinHarperland: The Politics of Control by Lawrence Martin

Harperland: The Politics of Control

byLawrence Martin

Hardcover | October 5, 2010

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After four years in power, Stephen Harper's governance comes under the microscope of prominent Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin. Focusing on the growth of executive power under Harper and drawing on interviews with prominent insiders, Martin probes the smearing of opponents, the silencing of the public and diplomatic service, the secrecy, the prorogations, the unprecedented centralizing of power, and the attempted muzzling of the media. He examines controversies such as the existence of a secret dirty-tricks handbook, the Chuck Cadman affair, campaign financing, the dismissal of nuclear power head Linda Keen, the Afghan detainees cover-up, the turning of access-to-information laws into barricades to information, and more—and lets readers draw their own conclusions. Tough but balanced, Harperland offers a clear picture of a skilled politician at a crucial point in Canadian politics.
Lawrence Martin is a Globe and Mail columnist and author of 10 books, including many critically acclaimed bestsellers including The Presidents and the Prime Ministers, The Red Machine (a history of hockey in the Soviet Union), and a two-volume biography of Jean Chrétien.
Title:Harperland: The Politics of ControlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.3 × 6.5 × 1.1 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:067006517X

ISBN - 13:9780670065172

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from eye opening but scattered while it was a little odd to read about Harper (& the authors predictions for the future) after the 2015 election, I found a the book a great look at the early Harper years and the foundation of the 2011 majority. A little scattered at times but still a good read
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Waste of Money This author clearly does not like Harper and what the reader is getting is his biased opinion. The book appears to be just thrown together without any attempt to do decent research. The book is poorly written and boring. now matter what your political belief is this is just a lousey book.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Scattered There is certainly lots of canon fodder on the Harper years, but I frankly didn't read anything here that hadn't already been covered in detail in the news and for a journalist, Martin doesn't make any attempt to hide his bias. Moreover, the book is very scattered and fails to advance any sort of reasonable plot. I'm not a Harper apologist, but I expect a higher standard when I pick up a book on politics.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will you be voting in the federal election? What an eye opener ! ! ! What a way to be shocked out of complacency about living in a country where you take Democracy for granted. Everyone who plans to cast a ballot in the upcoming federal election should read this book, first.
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Harper rap sheet Well written, but plodding and poorly organized litany of complaints against Harper. Should be read by all Canadians. Anyone who cares about democracy will be saddened by the events described. Unfortunately, the author fails to charge and convict the press for dereliction of duty.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A work of fiction This was bought as a joke gift for me from a friend for my birthday, it took forever for me to read it because frankly its not well written. It should have been titled Why I hate Conservatives. That would have been an honest title. I cannot recommend this book to anyone even my Liberal friends. If you want real facts research them yourself because this is a work of fiction from an author with an axe to grind.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "An Emotionless Robot" Contrary to the popular belief, people of my generation (18-25) are interested in politics. Although, I am nineteen years old, I have an almost – if I am allowed to blow my own trumpet – an encyclopaedic knowledge of the British Westminster Parliamentary System; thus, it is very easy for me to follow the British, Canadian, Australian, Indian (basically Commonwealth) politics. I have been longing to read Lawrence Martin’s acclaimed book on our twenty-second prime-minister, but I have been immersed in my college assignments and P.G. Wodehouse of late. But I was able to buy an updated paperback version! First and foremost, Martin does not have any political prejudices, and even if he does, he does a phenomenal job of keeping his personal opinions to himself. He aptly portrays Stephen Harper as a shrewd politician who is prepared to destroy everything and anything that comes in his way. There can be little doubt that Harper has been a benign dictator of Canada. Harper is a man who is understandably insecure (or at least, he was) for his position. At the same time, Lawrence argues that very few, if any, prime-minsters in the history of the realm has had such an intellectual capacity and self-discipline. Harper is also quite capable of being pragmatic, as we have evidently seen him in his recent economic policies. In Harperland, Martin makes a very strong and justifiable case that Canada is becoming a most conservative nation. As I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but feeling that Harper has an almost romantic, nostalgic vision of Canada. He believes that Canada should be a great, hard-working nation – just like himself. Harper’s Canada should take pride in family values, sport of hockey, the “great white north,” low taxes, history and the monarchy. According to the author, no other prime-minister has had such an impact on a nation’s culture than Stephen Joseph Harper. After decades of Liberal rule, Canada has become a “Harperland.” What is my personal opinion of Stephen Harper and his conservatives? I was disgusted by his second prorogation of Parliament (not the first one) and I despise as to what he and his “gang” is doing in the committee hearings etc. As a history and political connoisseur, I cannot help but admire Harper’s almost Machiavellian character and his intellect. He came to power not because of grand wealth or because his family member was a politician (like Trudeaus, McGuintys etc.) but on merit and diligence. My only complaint about the book would be that the author did not spend more time and pages on the issue of prorogation. As a constitution lover (especially the unwritten British rules and BNA Act of 1867), I would’ve preferred to read more about his discussion with the former Governor-General, Michelle Jean, and his contact(s) with Buckingham Palace. Recommend to all Canadians! It is a very easy read. I was able to finish it in less than four days.
Date published: 2011-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful and Alarming After reading this book I was left feeling pretty alarmed about Mr. Harper's heavy handed approach to his "rule". Not so much that he had attempted it but that he has been given pretty much a free reign by his own team and the opposition. Shame on them and on us.
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I read it at Halloween ... very scary! Well crafted and comprehensive analysis of King Steve's reign. Martin gets the inside scoop from some former and current Harper associates and paints a not-very-pretty picture. Too bad most Canadians are so complacent and the opposition so flaccid ... if you want to know what the next few years will be like in Ottawa, read this book. It should alert everyone to the eroding power of parliament under Mr Harper's rule.
Date published: 2010-11-17

Editorial Reviews

"Perhaps the first serious attempt to take stock of Stephen Harper's time in power...with commentary and insight from select players [Lawrence Martin] catalogues this tumultuous time from controversy to calamity." - Maclean's