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Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner (Hardback)
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Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner (Hardback)

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Hardback 536 Pages / Published: 21/10/2011
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A political biography extraordinaire, Elusive Destiny reveals the inner workings of the Liberal Party in its heyday as charted through the meteoric rise and fall of John Napier Turner. It highlights Turner's vision for the country and tallies the political price he paid when he deviated from the Trudeau legacy on matters such as language rights, social spending, and Quebec. It also provides a new perspective on federal politics from the 1960s through the 1980s while giving John Turner his rightful place in Canadian history.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774822640
Number of pages: 536
Weight: 1000 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 38 mm


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If John Turner had been elected prime minister, Canada would be an entirely different country ... there would never have been a Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the Bloc Quebecois and Reform parties would likely not have been formed and `the fiscal base for Canadian social democracy would have been stronger and social programs better preserved under a Turner administration,' according to a new biography on the former prime minister by Carleton University professor Paul Litt. -- Bea Vongdouangchanh * The Hill Times *

"Finally, at 82, Turner's life and career in politics receive appropriate recognition in Elusive Destiny, a biography by Carleton University historian Paul Litt that is one of the best Canadian political books of the year."

-- L. Ian MacDonald * London Free Press *
Exhaustively detailed and based on interviews with key people, including Turner himself, the book provides the first complete account of a man whose rise and fall still stands as one of Canada's most intriguing political stories. -- Mark Kennedy * Postmedia News *
New biography of Turner ... is a valuable, new addition to that recorded history ... the book chronicles Turner's political career through some powerful Liberal highs and lows of the latter half of the 20th century. -- Susan Delacourt * The Toronto Star *
"With the advantage of time and the depth of Litt's book, the accusations that Turner was yesterday's man by the late 1980s seem more accurate than ever, especially given a media environment closer in time and tone to the Kardashian-Humphries wedding than the Kennedy-Nixon debate." -- Dan Rowe * Quill and Quire *
Former prime minister John Turner's life and career receive appropriate recognition in Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner, one of the best Canadian political books of the year. -- L. Ian MacDonald * Montreal Gazette *
Is it time to revisit the record of John Turner? Thanks to biographer Paul Litt, and his new book on John Turner, the answer is yes. -- Michael Harris * iPolitics *
A compelling biography of a tragic political figure ... [and] an important history of Canadian politics in the 1970s and 1980s and, most important, chronicled the first years of the decades-long self-immolation of a once-great political party. -- John Ibbitson * The Globe and Mail *

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