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Chrétien’s book entertaining, informative, worthwhile

By Alex Marland      

My Stories, My Times is a fun read for those interested in the subject matter. You can almost picture Chrétien talking to you. He regales in stories about political battles, shares the details about what really happened, and offers some amusing anecdotes.

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien, pictured April 12, 2016, in a Hill scrum. When a former prime minister shares insights, it is a tremendous gift to the rest of us, including for students decades from now. Information that challenges journalistic accounts or the versions of other actors is especially welcome. The Hill Times file photograph

ST. JOHN’S—Why do Canadian politicians write books? The motivation is presumably not financial. For those seeking higher office, an autobiography can be an image-shaping tool, as with Justin Trudeau’s Common Ground (HarperCollins, 2014) or Jagmeet Singh’s recently released Love & Courage (Simon & Schuster, 2019). For those who have left politics, a book is a way to tell the inside story about what really transpired. It is an opportunity to set the record straight. As well, taking a trip down memory lane can be cathartic.

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