Literary Nonfiction. History & Politics. Justin Trudeau: scion of political royalty, privileged member of the 'Canadian Kennedy' dynasty, neglected son of difficult parents, actor, hot-tempered young delegate, selfie-taker, and possibly the world's most popular and telegenic leader. This thrilling book traces the remarkable rise of Justin Trudeau to become a desired and admired world leader in the grim age of Trump and Twitter. Trudeau manages to stay on good terms with The Donald while pushing through major reforms in Canada and remaining adored by fans abroad and at home. How does he do it? The secret may be in his backstory: Trudeau's political identity depends on his upbringing. Alan Hustak has been granted unprecedented access from friends and relatives of both Pierre and the young Justin Trudeau. Exposing Trudeau's childhood spent with a cold father, his experiences acting and teaching in Vancouver, and his eventual acceptance that his destiny lay in politics, Hustak weighs up the man against the objectified myth, and analyzes the evidence for Trudeau's sincerity, honesty and dedication to change. Is Trudeau truly the herald of a better kind of politics—or is this progressive agenda just a people-pleasing mask?
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About the Author
Author, journalist and broadcaster, Alan Hustak was a correspondent for the Canadian Television Network when Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister in the 1970s and 80s and, as a reporter for The Gazette for 25 years he also observed Justin Trudeau's rise to the same office. Over the years his byline has appeared in every major newspaper in the country. He has written more than a dozen books, among them Titanic: the Canadian Story and biographies of former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed, WWI Chaplain Canon Frederick Scott and former Montreal Mayor Sir William Hingston. He has won several awards and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal for chronicling the lives of deserving Canadian people and institutions. Recently retired, he divides his time between Montreal and Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.