Extraordinary Canadians Pierre Elliott Trudeau: A Penguin Lives Biography

Paperback | September 4, 2012

byNino Ricci

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Love him or hate him, Pierre Elliott Trudeau marked us all. The man whose motto was “Reason over passion” managed to arouse in Canadians fierce passions of every hue. Acclaimed novelist Nino Ricci begins with the crucial role Trudeau played in the formation of Ricci’s own sense of identity in order to examine how he expanded us as a people, not in spite of his contradictions but because of them. Downplaying the perpetual rebel image that Trudeau crafted, Ricci reconstructs the charismatic prime minister as an almost Zelig-like figure. If his beliefs shifted radically over the years—from separatist to federalist, from fascist to liberal, from civil rights champion to military strongman—Trudeau always acted on deep convictions. Brilliantly argued and sensitively observed, Ricci’s Trudeau is an unforgettable portrait of a memorable man.

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Love him or hate him, Pierre Elliott Trudeau marked us all. The man whose motto was “Reason over passion” managed to arouse in Canadians fierce passions of every hue. Acclaimed novelist Nino Ricci begins with the crucial role Trudeau played in the formation of Ricci’s own sense of identity in order to examine how he expanded us as a pe...

Nino Ricci’s novel Lives of the Saints garnered international acclaim and won a host of awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. It started the trilogy that was completed by In a Glass House and the Giller-nominated Where She Has Gone; it was also adapted as a miniseries starring Sophia Loren. Ricci’s novel Testament...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.74 × 5.12 × 0.62 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143055941

ISBN - 13:9780143055945

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“Nino Ricci, who, with a novelist's flair for the theatrical, has reanimated Trudeau in his entry in Penguin Canada's compact biographies of extraordinary Canadians…. Absorbing and thoughtful evaluations…. Compelling.” - The Globe and Mail“The narrative is thoroughly researched. While Ricci presents few stories, details, or theories about Trudeau’s legacy that haven’t been told elsewhere, he provides a surprisingly comprehensive biography in perhaps the shortest number of pages ever devoted to a Trudeau book. Ricci’s signature style is evident, and his own insights peppered throughout the text are enjoyable. Personal, human, and generous.” - Canada’s History magazine“The authors [of the Extraordinary Canadians series] are well chosen; Nino Ricci … does terrific justice to Pierre Trudeau.” - Calgary Herald“A balanced and subtle account of [a] complex and very private man…. Even if you have read Stephen Clarkson and Christina McCall or John English’s superb Trudeau biographies, far more substantial and detailed, you will want to read this elegant little book. It provides the best, and best written, perspective on the man there is.” - Guelph Mercury“Charming and readable…. Ricci does an excellent job explaining the sources of the Trudeau myth and, in doing so, makes Trudeau the man more human.” - The Canadian Encyclopedia Blog