Rene Levesque

Daniel Poliquin - Author

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ISBN 9780670069194 | 204 pages | 14 Dec 2011 | Penguin Global | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
  • Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize: Shortlist 2010
    Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction: Shortlist 2010
    Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction: Finalist 2010
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He was the most unlikely leader: straightforward, uninterested in personal wealth, unprepossessing. Yet his charisma affected even those who disliked his political aim to achieve independence for Quebec. René Lévesque was born into a Quebec dominated by the Catholic Church, rural values, and Anglophone control of business. He was part of the 1960s Quiet Revolution that saw the province become a secular society bent on economic success and, for some, political independence. A journalist, war reporter, and television host, Lévesque channelled his communication skills into a political career that encompassed the most tumultuous periods in Canadian history. As founder of the Parti Québécois, he held a close referendum in 1980 that proved wrenching for Canadian unity and permanently altered the country's political landscape. Acclaimed novelist and translator Daniel Poliquin offers a unique portrait of Lévesque the man and politician, at once affectionate, critical, and incisive.

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