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The Secret Mulroney Tapes is an outrageous and intimate portrait of a Canadian prime minister as told in his own words There has never been a political book like this and there will almost certainly never be another Peter C Newman the author of books about John Diefenbaker Lester B Pearson and Pierre Elliott Trudeau as well as 2004’s number one bestselling memoir Here Be Dragons Telling Tales of People Passion and Power has done it again He has written twenty two books that have sold two million copies and earned him the title of Canada’s “most cussed and discussed” political commentator Here his no holds barred profile of Canada’s most controversial – and most reviled – prime minister breaks new groundCompiled from years of candid taped conversations with Mulroney and the people closest to him while he was in power the sometimes uproarious and often disturbing interviews – 7400 pages of transcripts totalling 18 million words – have been sealed until now Stunningly indiscreet and savagely frank Mulroney is the first prime minister to be so nakedly outspoken Yet he is also revealed as a witty Irish charmer ready with a uick line to raise a laugh no matter how impudent or profane a man as warm in private as he was defensive in the public eyeMulroney names the names and spills the beans about what really goes on in Ottawa which he describes as a “sick” city that runs on “goddamned incest” “They’re all married to one another They’re shacked up with one another Their wives are on the payroll of the CBC It’s just awful” Lucien Bouchard his one time soulmate he calls “bitter and profane” and “extraordinarily vain” He writes off his constitutional foe former Newfoundland premier Clyde Wells as an “unprincipled son of a bitch” His disgust for the press is as monumental as his sense of being misunderstood and in his eyes the Ottawa press corps are “a phony bunch of bastards” who don’t give him credit even when the world applauds him for being “one of the three men who played the most important role in the collapse of the Berlin Wall”Out of The Secret Mulroney Tapes emerges a startling picture of the politician whose reign shocked and appalled and yet also revolutionized this country No other prime minister in Canadian history aroused a stronger emotional response than Brian Mulroney This book provides Canadians with a uniue insight into the bold politician who changed their country like no other


10 thoughts on “The Secret Mulroney Tapes Unguarded Confessions of a Prime Minister

  1. says:

    Too one sided Weren’t it for Newman’s lengthy introduction and his short analyses rarely would there have been any objectivity But the book’s purpose as Newman has said repeatedly is not to summarize Mulroney’s tenure but to provide an intimate look at Canada’s probably most hated PMOne can understand the Mulroneys’ outrage when it comes to how the media reported on the PM’s tenure considering how they turned a blind eye on Chrétien’s similar partisanship Mulroney can be blamed for this as he had set expectancies too high during his first campaign ruthlessly attacking Turner on patronage and promising to not resort to the same if elected But their contempt for Trudeau is so bitter so blatant a tiny little shy of obvious jealousy“Pierre Trudeau this short little ugly man all of a sudden became a sex symbol And here’s Brian with this wonderful deep voice these beautiful blue eyes this generous nature this wonderful sense of humour He’s so warm and here’s Trudeau cold as a cucumber”That kind of comment is extremely inelegant and unworthy of a PM’s wife Mulroney’s a little too vulgar but this contrasts with his public image and gives him arguably though some sort of humane imageThe book’s considered unflattering as it brings to light Mulroney’s revisionist and narcissistic traits He rationalizes wrongdoings reformulates his statements and boasts his achievements beyond their actual merit As a matter of fact many of the Conservatives’ achievements didn’t originate from their caucus Free trade with the US was a Grit idea it was suggested in royal commission by Liberal former cabinet minister Donald Macdonald Mulroney was even opposed to it prior to the ’84 elections thought it was ridiculous Further Newman reveals much to my astonishment that the Conservatives’ took the Turner Grits’ ’84 budget and made it their own and that “it became the cornerstone of the Conservatives’ economic policy” So Mulroney’s most cherished achievements – except the GST – were actually Liberal plans Another area where Mulroney relentlessly attacked Trudeau and Liberals was how much they raised the national debt “ Trudeau turned the balanced books he had inherited from his predecessor in 1968 into a 385 billion annual deficit and increased the national debt by 1200 per cent from 17 billion to than 200 billion” True but Trudeau’s predecessors governed in prosperous times the post WWII economic boom while during his terms in office the world was hit by the Bretton Woods collapse two oil crises a stock market crash recession and stagflation Mulroney and Trudeau critics never acknowledge these realities And Mulroney’s record on fiscal responsibility is however he might have boasted way worse than his archenemy “By 1986 Mulroney decided to forgo hopes of balancing budgets and went on a seven years spending spree trying to buy back his fading popularity As finance minister from 1984 to 1991 Michael Wilson accumulated public debt than all of his peacetime predecessors combined”The media portrayal of Mulroney might have been unfair but it is him who has given himself promising airs of new incorruptible politics and has failed in delivering It is him who has appointed the 12 cabinet ministers forced to resign amid scandals of corruptionMulroney’s legacy might be tainted by the failures of Meech Lake and Charlottetown but at least he got Canada free trade NAFTA and the GST and privatised a bunch of crown corporations bettering Canada’s economic standing in the world raising Canada’s competitiveness ranking from 11 to 4


  2. says:

    Meh This book really hasn't aged well as all of the revelations brought forward by the author are now simply common knowledge severe dislike for his predecessor and his arrogance towards the Canadian media Nevertheless it's an interesting glance at how Brian Mulroney really governed behind the scenes and his insecurities regarding others' opinion of him led to occasional fits of rage It tells a lot about the prime minister's sense of character and duty towards the office Peter Newman is a horrible author He is than willing to show an unfiltered Brian Mulroney but when he writes passages of the former prime minister's tenure he is extremely partisan and writes unnecessary garbage that makes the reader just skip many pages He writes of his relationship with Brian Mulroney and ultimately wishes to draw sympathy for the man but he is so self centred in his writing that it's hard to even want to connect to some level with the author 15 years ago when Peter Newman wrote this book he clearly misunderstood that the book would be popular because it gave an unfiltered view of Brian Mulroney and that the readers couldn't care less about the author's own personal partisan vomit Fortunately the book seems to have the way for Peter Newman to fade into nothingness and for better authors who are intelligent and academic to take his place


  3. says:

    I have to give this at least 3 stars for Newman's incredible access to the prime minister I think I would have liked this better if the format was different Each chapter starts with a bit of analysis that is skewed favourably towards the prime minister and then block uotes from the prime minister and those closest to him I would've preferred analysis and objective analysis However I did enjoy reading some of the views and opinions Would I recommend this to a friend? Depends on how interested someone is in politics If you're only mildly interested in Canadian politics pass on this Otherwise might be an interesting read


  4. says:

    A very intimate look into the Mulroney and his governments through the author’s unprecedented access to the former Prime Minister and accompanied with contextual notes about both the times and the leaderThe author offers a supportive but not uncritical perspective of Mulroney and his peers through both his own commentary as well as the words of Mulroney’s contemporaries Rarely do you get such an unfiltered look into a leader’s psyche rife with braggadocio and hyperbole but also a tremendous recall of issues from the perspective only a leader can have Great read


  5. says:

    Canadian political voyeurism of our former Prime Minister Mulroney could be eually charming and spitefully partisan As with many Canadians I had mixed feelings about him Still he was one man who could have taken on that other great political streetfighter Jean Chretien and landed serious blows This is starting to seem like a distant chapter in Canadian history; Meech Lake NAFTA the memorable 1983 convention where Mulroney ousted Joe Clark Newman a product of that political era lets the tapes roll in all their splendid bile and profanity


  6. says:

    Wow a side of Brian Mulroney the Canadian public never saw Newman got exclusive access to the PM during his period in office for his promise not to use any of the material until after he left office Eventually Mulroney reneged on part of the bargain as he refused to hand over his personal notes and papers However Newman had hours of taped interviews from the period and they form the basis of the bookAn eye opener to be sure


  7. says:

    A great book to read Mulroney makes his biases perfectly clear and the portrait that emerges is not as negative as the dispute between the author and the subject would lead us to believe I must read for anyone interested in Canadian politics


  8. says:

    A fast amusing read that takes you back to the tedium of the 1980s and early 1990s when Mulroney was in power in Canada Full of the bluster that made Canadians hate him and a great deal of colourful language


  9. says:

    Mostly reminded me how much I'd like to kick Mulroney


  10. says:

    I tried very hard to read this but as an uneducated person who did not finish highschool the way it was written was impossible to understand