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My stories, my times


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My stories, my times

Chrétien, Jean, 1934-


256 pages.

One of the most popular Canadian prime ministers in recent history, Jean Chrétien has some stories to tell. Recounted with warmth, insight and humour, these brief and candid essays feature many behind-the-scenes stories from a long, distinguished and colourful career. Includes two sixteen-page colour photo inserts.

October 2018 marks twenty-five years since Jean Chrétien took the helm as prime minister. In this collection of short essays, he has picked up his pen to reminisce about his long years in the public eye, and the many luminaries he met and worked with.
Readers will learn why his commonsense judgment continues to influence our lives to this day, in ways both profound and subtle: from forging long-lasting relationships with foreign countries to making it easy to identify our national airline when we travel. Of course, many familiar names figure in these stories, including George W. Bush, Boris Yeltsin, Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, Pierre Trudeau, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. As always, he reserves his greatest admiration for his wife of more than sixty years, Aline, his "Rock of Gibraltar."
These stories offer his unique perspective: we are at the Prime Minister's side on 9/11 when he is asked to give authorization to shoot down a passenger airliner that has not responded to identification requests. We learn how he attempted to correct the record as explained in his grandson's history book on the so-called "Night of the Long Knives." There are even glimpses of the young Jean, as a teen canvassing with his father, and as a young man who dared complain personally to Premier Maurice Duplessis about the food at his seminary.
Survival in politics requires stamina, creativity and toughness, as well as the ability to share a laugh now and again: qualities that the self-described "little guy from Shawinigan" never lost. In these days of "alternative facts" and politics-by-Tweet, these stories are a necessary antidote, told by a leader who always held fast to his vision of what Canada was and what it could be.



1 copy available at St. Clair College - Windsor/South Campus

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020 ISBN   $a ISBN  978-0-7352-7734-2
050 LC Call No   $a Classification number  FC636
    $b Item number  .C47 A3 2018
100 ME:PersonalName 1   $a Personal name  Chrétien, Jean,
    $d Dates associated with a name  1934-
245 Title 10  $a Title  My stories, my times /
    $c Statement of responsibility  Jean Chrétien ; translated by Sheila Fischman and Donald Winkler.
246 VaryingTitle   $a Title proper/short title  Mes histories
260 PublicationInfo   $c Date of publication, dist, etc  2018.
264 ProductnNotice $a Place of prod/dist/manuf.  Toronto, Canada :
    $b Name of prod./pub./dist./man.  Random House Canada ,
    $c Date of prod/dist/manuf/copyrt  2018.
300 Physical Desc   $a Extent  256 pages.
650 Subj. $a Topical heading  Chrétien, Jean, 1934-
    $x General subdivisoin  Anecdotes
650 Subj. $a Topical heading  Canada
    $x General subdivisoin  Politics and government
    $y Chronological subdivision  1963-1984
650 Subj. $a Topical heading  Canada
    $x General subdivisoin  Politics and government
    $y Chronological subdivision  1984-1993
650 Subj.   $a Topical heading  Canada
    $x General subdivisoin  Politics and government
    $y Chronological subdivision  1993-2006
650 Subj.   $a Topical heading  Prime ministers
    $z Geographical subdivision  Canada
    $x General subdivisoin  Anecdotes.
700 AE:PersName   $a Personal name  Fischman, Sheila,
    $c Titles associated with name  Translator
700 AE:PersName   $a Personal name  Winkler, Donald,
    $c Titles associated with name  Translator.
852 Holdings   $a Location  221
    $p Barcode  219944
    $9 Cost  $21.00
    $h Classification part  FC636.C47 A3 2018

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