Reading will be my salvation this campaign.
The days will be long and by Election Day I may be arriving at the campaign office in the dark and leaving long after sunset. I have an amibtious reading list for this campaign period and it which will require a great deal of dedictation to complete. The readng list is part of my plan to decompress from the pressure, stress and activity of the campaign.
Here is what I will be reading:
Trudeau by John Ivison
The King’s War by Peter Conradi and Mark Logue
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Right Here Right Now by Stephen Harper
The Making of the October Crisis by D’Arcy Jenish
I’ve started with Ivison’s take on Trudeau. While this might not be a complementary account on JT it is scewed to my current opinion of him and how he has performed as a Prime Minister. ‘The King’s War’ is a follow up to the Kings Speech, which won a few Oscar’s including Best Picture, Director and Actor in 2011. Mark Logue the co-author is the grandson of Lionle Logue, the therapist that work with King George to avoid stuttering as portrayed in the King’s Speech.
I picked up ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ because of the premise of the story; a Russian Count is ordered to house arrest in an apartment in Moscow by the Bolshevic tribunal for wrtting a poem with revolustionary undertones.
I’ve had Stephen Harper’s book for a while, this just seemed like a good time to read it. My Sister-in-law sent me ‘The Making of the October Crisis’ after she had read it. I was aware of the October 1970 crisis as a 10 year, this book goes back to the beginnings and Montreal in the early 1960’s. Like other books I’ve read I find its important to understand what fueled a crisis as a means to prevent a repeat.
I’m going to have to complete a book in just over a week to return to Ottawa with these five books completed. Clearly some days will have more reading time than others, I’ll have to grab whatever time comes my way to be successful and hope what I’ve brought to Barrie with me are real page turners.
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