Spinning History: A Witness to Harper’s Canada and 21st Century choices

June 15, 2015

Les Whittington

An unvarnished look at the Harper years and what lies ahead for Canadians

Veteran Toronto Star political and economics journalist Les Whittington has seen it all, and then some. In his new book, Spinning History, Whittington chronicles—with remarkable clarity and a cop-like, straight-up tone—the hallmarks of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government. It's a concise, well-written insider's guide on how the government has tried to change Canada over the last 10 years and it offers some suggestions for the future.

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Reviews

“In Spinning History Les Whittington expertly chronicles the unmaking of the country most Canadians want preserved and enhanced. It is a “must read” to fully understand what has really been going on for the past decade.”
—Don Newman,
Former Senior Parliamentary Editor, CBC Television News

“Les Whittington’s book, Spinning History is well-written, substantive, and it packs a punch.”

—Kate Malloy, Editor of The Hill Times


Table of Contents / More Info

FOREWORD
How we’ve changed…and how we might recover I

CHAPTER 1
A Conservative Trajectory 1

CHAPTER 2
Changing Canada 15

CHAPTER 3
Equations of Power 21

CHAPTER 4
Top Down 27

CHAPTER 5
Setting the Stage 33

CHAPTER 6
All Propaganda, All the Time 43

CHAPTER 7
Beyond the Message 57

CHAPTER 8
We Are Good to Go from the PM 63

CHAPTER 9
The Faithful 75

CHAPTER 10
Cabinet Ministers, Corruption and the Senate 83

CHAPTER 11
Media Wars 85

CHAPTER 12
The Public’s Right to Know 99

CHAPTER 13
Cabinet Confidences 103

CHAPTER 14
Prorogation Blues 125

CHAPTER 15
Avoiding an Impasse 135

CHAPTER 16
Looking Ahead 139

Index 145