PIROUETTE: PIERRE TRUDEAU AND CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY
J.L. Granatstein and Robert Bothwell
Volume 19 Number 4
There was considerable mystery surrounding the political career of Pierre Trudeau. He was even described by one writer as a magus or magician. Granatstein and Bothwell attempt to remove the mystery from the foreign policy of the former prime minister.
Granatstein and Bothwell are good historians. Their book is well researched and well documented - a very thorough study. It is because of this thoroughness that Pirouette should become the standard work on Trudeau's foreign policy. Other books on the subject will have to be compared with its conclusions.
The title chosen for this book gives an indication of how Granatstein and Bothwell feel about Trudeau's foreign policy. They believe that it was "sporadic" and conclude that "the inescapable and overwhelming reaction is wonderment at the on-and-off nature of his interest, the lack of follow-through." The authors are not critical of this approach and believe the reason for it was Trudeau's intense interest in domestic problems.
This is not an easy book to read, and anyone interested in foreign affairs while Trudeau was prime minister would be advised to deal, at first, with a specific topic such as Canada's relationship with the United States or the Commonwealth. There is a wealth of information for any student interested in learning more about Canada's foreign policy.
There is an interesting collection of cartoons at the start of the book which helps illustrate the contents of the text.
Thomas F. Chambers, Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology, North Bay, Ont.
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