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« on: July 16, 2011, 12:59:15 pm »

A few things...

Gladstone by Morley.

Both English volumes ( Citizen of the World and Just Watch Me)on Trudeau.

English's Pearson bio.

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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2012, 03:49:23 pm »

The Massie trilogy, currently partway through Nicholas and Alexandra having finished the other 2.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2013, 03:40:37 pm »
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All 1930s Quebec politics. First is Bernard Vigod's excellent biography of Taschereau, which sheds a lot of light on the PLQ dynasty at its peak rather than Depression-era decline as is often depicted in popular history. I've read a lot on the era but Vigod taught me a few interesting things. Among the interesting tidbits were that Taschereau didn't want to be a long term premier, which is hard to square with having been Gouin's heir apparent for over a decade before finally acceding and refusing to quit till there was no alternative. Also some interesting insight on government operations and policymaking in an era where the only remotely serious opposition was extra-parliamentary. Then there's the progressive ledger: T.D. Bouchard, one of my favourite period characters, and the sad saga of Paul Gouin and the ALN. Strange thing is that Gouin could probably have remained in politics for a long time had he gracefully accepted defeat and accepted a medium-profile portfolio rather than taking his ball and running home. But he and his friends were totally unsuited for political leadership and the notion that Duplessis would ever entertain the ALN platform, which Black calls "Catholicized socialism", is both hilarious and pathetic. Classic example of the politically moronic intellectuals. I think much the same of the hydro nationalization fanatics, or "hydro-dadaistes" as they were known. But when all was said and done, these progressive pioneers did realign the PLQ firmly on the left and away from classical liberalism.

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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2013, 07:35:04 pm »

Alistair Horne's The Savage War of Peace is the latest book I'm reading from my Xmas haul. Been interested in the Algerian War of Independence for a few years now.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2014, 11:12:10 pm »

Just finished Anne Applebaum's Iron Curtain.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 10:07:14 pm »
« Edited: July 07, 2014, 10:08:57 pm by RogueBeaver »

Charles de Gaulle by Eric Roussell. Also recently finished The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic by Henry Buckley,  A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes, and The Failure of the Action Liberale Nationale by Patricia Dirkes.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2014, 09:54:28 pm »

Maurice Duplessis et son temps by Robert Rumilly. This one's been on my list for eons. Lively read which mostly focuses on daily governance, unlike the other books I've read. Plan on reading more Rumilly works.
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2014, 10:27:00 pm »

Si l'Union Nationale m'était contée, by Mario Cardinal et al, and Memoires by Georges-Emile Lapalme. The former is an oral history by political scientists interviewing prominent politicians from the Duplessis era... nothing really new to me but I was interested in how everyone rated their colleagues. Lapalme's memoirs are boring as hell, if useful as a peek on that side of the aisle. The PLQ then, like the PCQ decades earlier, was a pathetic joke somewhat in awe of the omnipotent dynasty facing them across the aisle... though to his credit Lapalme doesn't engage in too much self-aggrandizement.
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2014, 09:09:04 pm »
« Edited: August 14, 2014, 09:10:52 pm by RogueBeaver »

Mercier by Robert Rumilly. Totally new territory for me, since I'm not at all familiar with 19th century QC politics. In some respects Mercier reminds me of Diefenbaker (or even Duplessis' first term), truth be told. I judge Mercier much more harshly because IMO he had the administrative skills and temperament to govern competently but purposely got high on his own vapors and ended in a (very avoidable) massive train wreck.
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2014, 09:04:38 pm »
« Edited: August 30, 2014, 09:27:07 pm by RogueBeaver »

Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King and Canada's World Wars by Tim Cook.
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2014, 12:39:49 pm »

Louis St. Laurent, Canadian by Dale Thomson. Excellent, breezy read.
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2015, 08:43:21 pm »

The Big Red Machine: How the Liberal Party Dominates Canadian Politics by Stephen Clarkson.
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2015, 10:03:24 pm »

Luis Francia's A History of the Philippines
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2015, 10:00:42 pm »

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography by Charles Moore.
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2015, 07:31:52 am »

Antony Beevor's The Battle for Spain and Max Boot's Invisible Armies. Enjoying Beevor so far.
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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2017, 06:16:39 pm »

Halberstam's (yuge fan of his) The Powers That Be.
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