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Right Side Up
The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper's New Conservatism
Written by Paul WellsPaul Wells Author Alert
Category: Political Science; Political Science - Elections; History - Canada
Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Douglas Gibson Books
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8855-1 (0-7710-8855-8)

Pub Date: November 6, 2007
Price: $22.99

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Right Side Up
Written by Paul Wells

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771088551
Our Price: $22.99
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The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper’s New Conservatism.

Shakespeare isn’t around to write it — so we have Paul Wells!

Think of it. Two men on an opposite yet parallel trajectory. In the space of only three years, one man, a huge success as the Minister of Finance, goes from his new role as the leader of an all-powerful party with a huge majority all the way down to a retired also-ran. The other one reluctantly steps in to salvage a dying party, links it to another dying party, “unites the right,” becomes its leader, goes through trying times, and inside three years rises to become prime minister, against all odds.

It’s an amazing drama, told here in three acts. First, Paul Wells takes us through all of the events (from Martin’s assassination of Chrétien onward) that led up to the election campaign of January 2006.

The second act deals with the campaign itself, where the Harper armies conquered, with the assistance of an RCMP cavalry raid, and less-than-brilliant opposing campaigns: “We’re not allowed to make this stuff up.” Full of new, amazing inside details.

The final part answers the What now? that so many Canadians are asking about Stephen Harper’s "new conservatism." Nobody can answer that question better than Paul Wells. Witty, irreverent, opinionated, personal, and very, very funny, this book launches Wells’s career as an author.

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Review Quotes

“Wells tells both sides of the story in his trademark style — bright, breezy, accessible, irreverent and insightful.”
Montreal Gazette

“This is a most readable book by one of the country’s most original journalists.”
Globe and Mail

“A feast for the politically inclined.”
London Free Press

“Wells is lucid, funny, revealing, opinionated and sometimes wickedly snarky.”
National Post

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About this Author

Born in Sarnia, Paul Wells has worked for the Montreal Gazette, and as a columnist for the National Post. He is now Maclean’s chief Ottawa correspondent, and a frequent panelist and speaker.

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