Part 2 of my year of the books I’ve read covers July to December. In this list of books, I have chosen “Trudeau”, “The King’s War”, “A Gentleman in Moscow” and Stephen Harper’s “Right Here Right Now” to be my reading list while I was in Barrie for the federal election for 8 weeks. While I read the first three as planned, I finally read Harper’s book in December. I also did not complete the books in the 8 weeks as I planned, but I did read them all just a later than planned.
Here are my July to December books.
Trudeau: The education of a Prime Minister by John Ivison (2019)
This was like rereading the headlines for the past 4 years, but with a view from the right. As I anticipated it reaffirmed everything I know and feel about Trudeau. After reading Ivison, it feels like I should be reading Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau in Power by Aaron Wherry just to see if I come out on the middle of this time in Canadian history.
The King’s War by Peter Conradi and Mark Logue (2019)
The follow-up to The King’s Speech, to which the Oscar winning movie was based. The King’s War follows George VI and Lionel Logue after the war and into peace time. If you liked the movie, you’ll enjoy this book.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)
A great story! After you have finished it you’ll want to read it again – right away to catch what you missed the first time that lends to the eventual ending.
The making of the October Crisis: Canada’s long nightmare of terrorism at the hands of the FLQ by D’Arcy Jenish (2018)
A couple of years back I read a book about the legacy of French Canadians have and their contributions to what Canada is today. Beside Legacy” Canada has an history that needs to be told, sometimes it is an ugly history and we should not hide from it. The making of the October Crisis is a thorough account of the beginnings of the quiet revolution in Quebec to the explosive climax of it in 1970. Jenish starts us with the 1960’s Quebec, the roots both political and social that lead to the dissatisfaction of Quebecers.
The groups and individuals who fueled the crisis are explored in detail and provides background to where Quebec is today and helps to understand political cycles in there that include the resurgence of the Bloc of Quebecois in the 2019 federal election.
This book is an important book, it’s a book all Canadians should read, but baby boomers will have flashbacks of the events while reading this. It’s a weird feeling as you may have lived through this era of our history, it will trigger memories. More importantly it triggers the idea that we cannot allow the same conditions to flourish again.
Right Here Right Now by Stephen J. Harper (2018)
If people could past their dislike for former Prime Minister Harper and read this for this is, an account of the collective good conservative policies generate, history will be much kinder to Harper when political adversaries look back at his tenure as PM. RHRN is Harper not shooting arrows at his adversaries but shooting arrows at the policies they brought forward.
It is written clearly and not so that you need a PHD to understand it. His look at polices that have national and global impact on the economy, immigration, nationalism and trade are straightforward and make sense.
Harper’s view of Donald Trump is not at all flattering, but he also recognizes that the reasons for the election of Trump goes back years through policies brought in by previous White House administrations. Trump is merely the person that recognized and capitalized on the anger of the American worker, it doesn’t make him a better President than say Hillary Clinton would have been. It’s a lesson that should not be overlooked here in Canada.
Many Moons: A Songwriter’s Memoir by Dayna Manning (2019)
My reading steer me to where I lived and what I’ve done. Manning hails from Stratford Ontario where I spent 5 years working at CJCS-AM. I thoroughly enjoyed Dayna’s journey as a musician and a songwriter. I feel that I should be looking to purchase music she’s released, or at least the songs she has profiled here.
As you may have noticed, my reads leaned heavily towards non-fiction last year, something I would like to change in the next 12 months.
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