"From Bourassa to Bourassa is a narrative history of the Quebec Liberal Party during its wilderness years after the 1976 election of the Parti Quebecois and its subsequent restoration in 1985." First published to critical acclaim in 1984, From Bourassa to Bourassa, 2nd edition, updates the story with Bourassa's landslide election victory in 1985 and his subsequent role in the Meech Lake Accord and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the two issues that largely defined the decade of the 1980s for Quebec and for Canada.
"A remarkable story, remarkably well told. Indispensable reading for any student of those critical years in Quebec, and Canadian, history." Anthony Wilson-Smith, Maclean's ----- "MacDonald has a remarkable sense of storytelling, American-style, of a political portrait rapidly brushed but constantly retouched, which reveals the profound nature of the men in the story." Gerard Pelletier ----- "As a political columnist, MacDonald has acquired an undisputed credibility and is regarded as one of the best informed analysts of the Quebec political milieu." Pierre O'Neill, Le Devoir ----- "A good book. Honest, warm, direct, readable. MacDonald's characters are human. They are all three-dimensional. They are alive." Pierre Bourgault, The Gazette ----- "An informative, entertaining lesson on how Quebec works. It is a measure of MacDonald's craftsmanship that even though everyone knows how it ends, the reader gets caught up in the suspense of the events as they unfold." Gretta Chambers, Quill & Quire