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René Lévesque

Author: Daniel Poliquin
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group, ©2009.
Series: Extraordinary Canadians.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Poliquin, Daniel.
René Lévesque.
Toronto : Penguin Group (Canada), c2009
(OCoLC)760212794
Named Person: René Lévesque; René Lévesque; René Lévesque
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Poliquin
ISBN: 9780670069194 0670069191
OCLC Number: 319932949
Description: xi, 219 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction / John Ralston Saul --
1, Money matters --
2. Heart matters --
3. Gaspé --
4. Quebec City --
5. The war --
6. Some lessons learned and more tall tales --
7. The good years- under Duplessis --
8. Stardom --
9. The epiphany : variations on a theme --
10. The honest wrestler --
11. "Oui, Monsieur le Ministre" --
12. Him again --
13. Fun, fun, fun --
14. The dimming star --
15. The wilderness --
16. MSA --
17. PQ --
18. Turbulent years --
19. The (very) long road to power --
20. The do-gooders --
21. Failure --
22. The beautiful loser --
23. The constitutional drama --
24. Trouble --
25. More trouble --
26. The debacle --
27. An abundance of ironies --
28. Two statues.
Series Title: Extraordinary Canadians.
Responsibility: by Daniel Poliquin ; with an introduction by John Ralston Saul.

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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. --Publisher description.

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