Books
Rollercoaster
Enlarge View




Rollercoaster
My Hectic Years as Jean Chretien's Diplomatic Advisor, 1994-1998
Written by James K. BartlemanJames K. Bartleman Author Alert
Category: Biography & Autobiography - Political; Political Science; Social Science - Native American Studies
Format: eBook
Publisher: Douglas Gibson Books
ISBN: 978-1-55199-453-6 (1-55199-453-4)

Pub Date: June 22, 2011
Price: $17.99

Buy this eBook

Rollercoaster
Written by James K. Bartleman

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551994536
Our Price: $17.99

Also available as a trade paperback.
About this Book

For four years, James Bartleman mixed with all the biggest names – Clinton, Blair, Yeltsin, Mitterrand, Castro, Kohl, Chirac, and on and on, as Chrétien’s Henry Kissinger figure.

He was involved in deadly serious crisis management, accompanying Chrétien to all the world’s hot spots – dodging bullets in Sarajevo, and trying to avoid war in the Spanish trawler incident. Not to mention dealing with Premier Li of China on an official visit encountering protestors in Montreal and shouting, “I am departing immediately. Never have I and my country been so humiliated.”

Which leader at the G7 Summit in Halifax passed out drunk in the hotel elevator? What did Jean Chrétien do to set White House aides threatening, “the next time there’s a referendum, we will support the separatists”? And why did Fidel Castro grab our author, shaking him and snarling, “I hope you are satisfied, Bartleman”? It’s all in this lively book.

Every major world crisis of these years is represented here, and every region of the world. You’ll be amazed at how widely Chrétien and Bartleman travelled and how much top-level action they experienced. Canadian foreign policy has never seemed so exciting. Or so funny (as when the angry Japanese prime minister’s Ottawa visit was marred by a health problem officially described as “soft poo”). A candid, witty, eye-opening book about foreign affairs at the top.


From the Hardcover edition.

up Back to top | e-mail or print this page
Review Quotes

“Candid and engaging.”
Globe and Mail

“A real treat.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“The reader gets a shotgun seat on a tumultuous ride.”
Ottawa Hill Times


From the Hardcover edition.

up Back to top | e-mail or print this page
About this Author

James Bartleman rose from humble circumstances in Port Carling, Ontario, to become Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister in 1994. He is the author of the prize-winning memoir Out of Muskoka. In 2002 he became the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. Mr. Bartleman is donating his 2004 royalties to the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto to support a lecture series entitled “Political Power and Mental Health”, designed to engage the public in discussion on issues central to “Shared Citizenship” in Canada.


From the Hardcover edition.

up Back to top | e-mail or print this page
book cover

Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!