Extraordinary Canadians Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Extraordinary Canadians Pierre Elliott Trudeau


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670066605
  • 240 Pages
  • Penguin Canada
  • Adult


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.


“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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