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Extraordinary Canadians Pierre Elliott Trudeau

A Penguin Lives Biography

by Nino Ricci
edited by Dorothy Eber

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list price: $26.00
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: 2009
ISBN:9780670066605
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A child of Trudeau's expansive immigration policies looks at the man who changed his family's life and our collective vision of Canada.

Love him or hate him, Pierre Trudeau has marked us all. The man whose motto was "reason over passion"managed to arouse in Canadians the fiercest of passions of every hue, ones that even today cloud our view of him and of his place in history. Acclaimed novelist Nino Ricci takes as his starting point the crucial role Trudeau played in the formation of his own sense of identity to look at how Trudeau expanded us as a people, not in spite of his contradictions but because of them.

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Contributor notes

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 was the winner of the Trillium Award. His most recent novel is The Origin of Species, which won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2008. He lives with his family in Toronto.

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Editorial Review

“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

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