Professor Paul Litt (Department of History and School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies) has been awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s coveted Political History Prize for Best Book of 2017. Litt has received the award for his celebrated 2016 UBC Press released Trudeaumania. Trudeaumania delivers a spirited account of the phenomenon that swept Canada during the iconic rise of Pierre Trudeau. Through its review of the cultural history of an era characterized by a passionate quest for a rejuvenated, modern nation, Trudeaumania is a vital read for anyone interested in Canada past or present. The CHA Best Book prize is awarded annually for “an outstanding, well-written book judged to have made an original, significant, and meritorious contribution to the field of Canadian political history.” Learn more about Professor Litt’s Trudeaumania.
- Double book review: Trudeaumania, Canada’s History. Here are two very good books, published simultaneously on the same subject — the ascendancy of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
- How TV made Pierre Trudeau a celebrity and political force, Toronto Star. The powerful medium loved him, giving him an edge over his 1968 rivals and turning him into a celebrity, writes Paul Litt in this excerpt from Trudeaumania.
- Pierre Trudeau’s stalwart defence of federalism gave Canada hope, Hill Times. When Trudeau the Younger said ‘Canada is back,’ it was his father’s Canada that he was invoking. Canada’s formative 1960s are already commemorated in our current choice of a prime minister.
- Book Review: Two new books about Trudeaumania paint a portrait of an extraordinary man, Globe and Mail. Two history professors take stock of Trudeaumania
- Trudeaumania Book, CBC Ottawa, Morning of October 17th. It took just a few short months for a relatively unknown politician to become Canada’s new Prime Minister.
- Hour 1 of Ottawa Now with Evan Solomon from October 17th, 2016 (link no longer available)
- Trudeaumania, 1968, TVO The Agenda with Steve Paiken, October 19th, 2016. The euphoria over the election of Justin Trudeau and early days of a young, new government, hearken back to 1968.