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Paul Litt

In 1968, Canadians dared to take a chance on a new kind of politician. Pierre Trudeau, a relative newcomer to federal politics, became the leader of the Liberal Party in April. Within two months he was prime minister of Canada. His meteoric rise to power was driven by Trudeaumania, a phenomenon that generated the same media hype, sexual sizzle, and adoring crowds as its rock star equivalent Beatlemania. This book examines the origins, dynamics, and enduring significance of Trudeaumania. Combining an engaging narrative with well-informed analysis, Paul Litt shows that Trudeaumania was the product of a conjunction of circumstances – most notably the rise of 1960s radicalism, modern mass media, and nationalist aspirations.

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Trudeaumania: The Rise to Power of Pierre Elliot Trudeau
Robert Wright

Nearly twenty years after his death and more than thirty since his retirement from active politics, Pierre Elliott Trudeau is at long last receding from the lived memory of Canadians. But despite the distance of time, he still holds court in the minds of many.

Trudeaumania is about Pierre Trudeau’s rise to power in 1968. It embodies the quirkiness, the passion and the youthful exuberance we ascribe to the 1960s even now. In 1968 Trudeau put forward his vision for Canada’s second century, without guile, without dissembling and without a hard sell. By bestselling and award-winning author Robert Wright, Trudeaumania sets the record straight even as it illuminates this important part of our history and shines a light on our future.

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Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character
Debra Komar

In 1869, in the woods just outside of the bustling port city of Saint John, a group of teenaged berry pickers discovered several badly decomposed bodies. The authorities suspected foul play, but the identities of the victims were as mysterious as that of the perpetrator. From the twists and turns of a coroner's inquest, an unlikely suspect emerged to stand trial for murder: John Munroe, a renowned architect, well-heeled family man, and pillar of the community.

His lawyer's strategy was as simple as it was revolutionary: Munroe's wealth, education, and exemplary character made him incapable of murder. In re-examining a precedent-setting historical crime with fresh eyes, Komar addresses questions that still echo through the halls of justice more than a century later: is everyone capable of murder, and should character be treated as evidence in homicide trials?

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A Town Called Asbestos: Environmental Contamination, Health, and Resilience in a Resource Community
Jessica Van Horssen

For over a century, manufacturers from around the world relied on asbestos to produce a multitude of fire-retardant products from building materials to auto parts to household appliances. As use of the mineral became more widespread, medical professionals discovered it also had harmful effects on human health. Mining and manufacturing companies downplayed the risks to workers and the general public, but eventually, as the devastating nature of asbestos-related deaths became common knowledge, the industry suffered a slow, terminal decline.

A Town Called Asbestos looks at how the people of Asbestos, Quebec, worked and lived alongside the opencast Jeffrey Mine, the largest chrysotile asbestos mine in the world. This book unearths the local-global tensions that defined Asbestos's proud and painful history and reveals the challenges similar resource communities have faced -- and continue to face today.

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Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History
Arthur J. Ray

Forums such as commissions, courtroom trials, and tribunals that have been established through the second half of the twentieth century to address aboriginal land claims have consequently created a particular way of presenting aboriginal, colonial, and national histories. In Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History, Arthur Ray examines how claims-oriented research is often fitted to the existing frames of indigenous rights law and claims legislation and, as a result, has influenced the development of these laws and legislation. While giving serious consideration to the flaws and strengths of presentist histories, Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History provides communities with essential information on how history is used and how methods are adapted and changed.

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