Review: Wherry’s “Promise and Peril” too comfortable for comfort - Loonie Politics

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When I reviewed John Ivison’s Trudeau: The Education of a Prime Minister two weeks ago, I found that its biggest deficiency was its lack of novelty.  Most everything in it was fairly common knowledge to political observers, told in a perfectly linear manner with a special focus on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s weak points.  It was the non-fiction equivalent of a Steven Spielberg movie: competent, yet aggressively traditional.

Well, I should learn to be careful what I wish for. With Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau in Power, CBC’s Aaron Wherry decided to write the non-fiction equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie, careening between events and perspectives while injecting a little too much of himself.  Turns out that approach works less well for a mildly sarcastic apologia than it does for a blood-soaked revenge fantasy.

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