Books by Bob Plamondon

"Having written two volumes on Chretien back in the day, I can assure you that Plamondon's book has much to add. I highly recommend it."

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon -Publication date October 20, 2017.

Jean Chrétien’s critics have said he was a man with no vision and a short attention span — a small-town hick who stumbled his way to become Canada’s 20th prime minister. Whatever credit the Chrétien government deserved was often given to Paul Martin, the heir apparent who was touted to be the brains behind the operation.

But while Chretien was the subject of ridicule, he was quietly giving his competitors — both inside and outside of the Liberal party — a master class in politics, leadership, and nation-building. 

His decisions, which often ran counter to elite opinion, fundamentally reshaped and strengthened Canada as it entered the 21st century. Chrétien restored sanity to government finances, kept Canada out of the Iraq war, turned a brain drain into a brain gain, and established clarity over national unity. 

Relying on new evidence, detailed analysis and exclusive interviews with former cabinet ministers, provincial premiers, political staff, strategists, and high-ranking bureaucrats – many of them speaking publicly for the first time – bestselling author and historian Bob Plamondon tells the surprising inside story of the Chretien years, including: what Chretien would have done if the 1995 referendum had ended in a vote for separation; why Paul Martin secretly threatened to resign in 1995, seven years before he actually quit; who tried to convince Chretien to join the Iraq war and why he could not be intimidated into joining the US led coalition; why a lifelong Liberal was the most conservative prime minister in Canadian history; the shocking details of the Chretien-Martin feud and the only time an elected Canadian prime minister has been overthrown 

Until now, the story of Chretien’s time as prime minister has been largely misunderstood. Plamondon sets the record straight and provides compelling lessons about political leadership and problem-solving from a critical chapter in Canadian history.

Finally, after over 30 years of hagiographies, comes a book that sets the record straight and tells us the truth about Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In this unprecedented and meticulously researched sweep of the record, Globe and Mail bestselling author Bob Plamondon challenges the conventional wisdom. With new revelations, fresh insights, and in-depth analysis, Plamondon reveals that the man did not measure up to the myth. While no one disputes Trudeau’s intelligence, toughness, charisma, and the flashes of glamour he brought Canada, in the end, the pirouettes were not worth the price.

It’s time Canadians understood the truth about their Conservative political history. 
Blue Thunder: The Truth about Conservatives from Macdonald to Harper is an insightful and definitive look at the accomplishments and failures of Canadian Conservative leadership and is essential reading for anyone who follows Canadian politics. 

Full Circle: Death and Resurrection in Canadian Conservative Politics tells the dramatic story of how the conservative movement imploded into rival factions in the early 1990s leaving Canada without meaningful democracy or effective opposition in the House of Commons.  This critically acclaimed national bestseller is the definitive account of an unprecedented period in Canadian political history.

Hay West: A Story of Canadians Helping Canadians
Hay West: A Story of Canadians Helping Canadians is a heartwarming story of how two small-scale farmers with big hearts and big dreams captured the attention of a nation and gave hope to those in despair.

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