Common Ground by Justin TrudeauCommon Ground by Justin Trudeau

Common Ground

byJustin Trudeau

Hardcover | October 20, 2014

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Justin Trudeau's candid memoir will reveal to its readers the experiences that have shaped him over the course of his life and show how his passion for Canada and its people took root. Covering the years from his childhood at 24 Sussex to his McGill days during the tumultuous time of the Charlottetown Accord to his first campaign in Papineau to his role as Liberal leader today, the book will capture the foundational moments that have formed the man we have come to know and informed his vision for the future of Canada. Filled with anecdotes, personal reflections, and never-before-seen photographs from his own collection, Mr. Trudeau's memoir will show how the events of his life have led him to this moment and prepared him for the future.

All proceeds from the book will be donated to the domestic programs of the Canadian Red Cross Society that serve local communities and people across the country that need it most.

Justin Trudeau is the twice-elected Member of Parliament for Papineau and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. As a Parliamentarian, he has been Liberal Party Critic for Youth, Post-Secondary Education, Amateur Sport, Multiculturalism, Citizenship and Immigration, and sat on the House of Commons committees on the Environment and Sust...
Title:Common GroundFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.13 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.13 inPublished:October 20, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443433373

ISBN - 13:9781443433372


Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok like everything that he says or writes very limited information, Went in with an open mind and not overall pleased. Was hopping for more details on his prime minister platform than silly dreams.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Common Ground? Most people know that I am a Liberal at heart, so naturally I gravitated towards Trudeau's book and have a bias opinion on its content. I picked up Common Ground in the midst of the 2015 election, but given that I was busy with school, work, and the campaign, I didn't actually get to finish it before election day. So, reading Trudeau's "plea" to voters after the fact was a unique experience but it made me feel very proud of having been part of his success. His ideas and views for this country were exciting and made for an interesting read - matched with insights on his upbringing at 24 Sussex, I thoroughly enjoyed the read. However, my main criticism is that the novel failed to show me the "Common Ground" between his political prodigy and an average Canadian like myself and this is why I raked it three-stars.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from weed we smoke trees in Canadian
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I bought this to read at the beach... I finished it before landing in Cuba.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from pretty good interesting to read about him
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Book This is an autobiography of the current PM of Canada. It is nice to read as it shows hints as to how Trudeau developed his political ideas. Recommended for those wanting to learn more about Justin Trudeau.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true Canadian National Identity He is the son of Trudeau, the grandson of Sinclair, but Justin is a person of his own. As any child who lived in the shadow of a great father Justin struggled to find his own identity through his childhood. He spent a tumultuous teenage period and his mother’s mental condition, bipolar didn’t help him either except he built a strong foundation of feminism in himself by helping own mother. It is a quite dramatic story of the young man whose priority was being away from politics in his youth but gradually gravitated towards it. He has saved the then moribund Liberal Party and has succeeded to bring back to the majority. Under his political leadership with a renewed Canadian National identity (multicultural, multilingualism, ethnic diversity), Justin sees them our strength as opposed to our divisive factors and he invites us to build common ground. I list this book as a Must-Read book for Canadians.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not fantastic I was really happy to get this book and thought the frist few chapters were great...but then I think it flared out. He explains how he doesn't want to be known as his dad's son...which I thought was a great part...but then he repeats it...and repeats it...and repeats it. Doth he protest too much? By the middle, I couldn't handle hearing it one more time so I put the book down and haven't picked it back up.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! Wasn't a Trudeau fanatic before reading this, I just wanted to know a bit more about our new Prime Minister. I could not put it down. What an interesting glimpse into political life and a great perspective from a genuine leader. I feel much more at ease about the new government after reading where Mr. Trudeau has come from. A voice for youth, the environment, and democracy. Excellent book.
Date published: 2015-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Common ground A good read. And a good way to get to know our politicians. Justin has opened up his life to us here. That takes courage.
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BOOK WAS FLAWED AND UNREADABLE. Received this book but was unable to read it because it was a flawed copy. Pages contained a vertical line of letters which made up a sentence. I deleted the book and reloaded it but with the same result. I cannot seem to be able to contact KOBO for help - a problem I've had before.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BOOK WAS FLAWED AND UNREADABLE. Received this book but was unable to read it because it was a flawed copy. Pages contained a vertical line of letters which made up a sentence. I deleted the book and reloaded it but with the same result. I cannot seem to be able to contact KOBO for help - a problem I've had before.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must-Read for Those Interested in Canadian Politics I enjoyed this book more than I expected and left with a better impression of Trudeau than I started with. Since he hopes to be our next Prime Minister, this was probably his goal. That said, Trudeau has to be more honest about his life than most politicians, given that much of his life has been an open book. His reflections on his mother Margaret's past behavior and the problems this caused him when younger will resonate with a lot of people. Yes, he was privileged in many ways, but has also had his share of troubles and losses. Clearly, he credits his father for giving him a solid grounding, both for his character and political outlook. Before I read the book, I felt Trudeau was too young for the prime minister's job. Now, I think he's up to the task.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Overview I enjoyed reading this book and found it gave a good overview showing what he is about and what his beliefs are and what his political direction is. I think it is important to read as he may be the next P.M.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Canadians should read I just finished reading Justin Trudeau's "Common Ground" & would recommend that ALL Canadians read it, no matter what political stripe. Not only is it an engaging, poignant, sometimes funny, always interesting & well written read, but it gives a window into what Justin's philosophies of life, politics, family are & how they were formed. It gave me valuable insight into what a future PM of Canada believes in & what I saw was extremely encouraging. It certainly convinced me that he is more than ready for "prime time" & that the politics of division currently practiced is not in his DNA. I highly recommend this book. Very enlightening.
Date published: 2014-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Written for all of us I bought this book because, as the granddaughter of a political figure, I was interested in seeing how Justin Trudeau responded to the pressures of being part of a political family. I also wanted a base by which I can see how he handles the campaigning of the Harper government. I liked the book and felt it was not patronizing nor "over our heads". Thank you for writing it Justin.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable! I was surprised by how engaging this book was. Many things impressed me about Justin Trudeau. He's very goal-oriented, a team player, genuinely likes engaging people in discussions about the country he loves, and works extremely hard. In that respect it could be a manual for "How To Be Successful At Whatever You Do". It's also a good insight into the principles and beliefs that underscore his vision for the country. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Pro: Interesting account of a fascinating childhood and an interesting adulthood. Some very fun stories and interesting anecdotes. Extremely well edited and written. Con: Because it's written as he nears his first election as leader, by nature, it's a story half told. A few of the segues into campaign rhetoric (especially the first one re: the Charter/his youth) are clunky and off-putting. Would recommend for fans of Trudeau and PET,
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All about family .. well written and very interesting ..
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Amazing It's the amazing story of how a young man grew up in a rich celebrity family and worked against all odds to become rich celebrity.
Date published: 2014-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Save the attack ads for the election Enough is enough. Given that the book hasn't been released yet - and won't be until Monday ? perhaps "Page" should actually read Trudeau's book before reviewing it. The Conservatives have a long history of taking quotes out of context and spinning them to cast things in a negative light. As a Canadian, I've had enough of that. And I'm not the only one.
Date published: 2014-10-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Shows how arrogant JT really is. Justin writes, "I felt a little embarrassed by the encounter. This student was the child of immigrants, part of the wave of newcomers who had come to this country and made a success of themselves thanks in part to the open-minded policies my father had introduced as prime minister. Now, he had been treated like some anonymous bystander." What does Justin Trudeau expect, that every immigrant should be thanking his father for what he did for them. This comment just shows how arrogant he is. Also, I wonder if Justin actually knew that student was the child of newcomers. He probably his saw his/her skin colour and just assumed that and therefore expected praise for his father.
Date published: 2014-10-18