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Related Posts. Top Stories. I also thought he could have been harder on some of the premiers -- but again this would require the commitment of real opinion. I had two issues with this otherwise rock solid introduction to the past 50 years of Ontario politics. First, as many other reviewers have pointed out, this book is mostly a collection of interviews with the premiers.
watch Paikin writes well and I wish there was more of it. Second is the cordiality with which Paikin interviews his subjects. He does ask some thought provoking questions, but often comes off a bit sycophantic and occasionally pedantic.
Nov 14, Dianne rated it really liked it. He describes historical trends and puts out the premise that each premier change, though sometimes uncomfortable, is not a bad thing for Ontario. An interesting and easy read. View all 3 comments. Jun 19, Lauren rated it it was ok Shelves: canadian-authors , dnf , non-fiction , politics. I was disappointed to find this book was mostly just transcripts from various interviews Paikin has conducted over the years with various Premiers, and not actual analysis and reflection.
I'd say the "Personal Reflections" in the title is a bit of a misnomer. Katie rated it really liked it Jun 25, Sam Sutherland rated it it was ok Mar 09, Jean-Luc Thomas rated it it was amazing Feb 15, Mark rated it did not like it Apr 20, Apr 11, Alex Gregory rated it liked it. A pseudo-biography couched in political interviews and anecdotes, Paikin and the Premiers is an effective and interesting look at the sector from one of Canada's most respected journalists.
You can't deny that this is an arguably effective setup for a book. Paikin is one of the few only? There are a lot of interestin A pseudo-biography couched in political interviews and anecdotes, Paikin and the Premiers is an effective and interesting look at the sector from one of Canada's most respected journalists. There are a lot of interesting little details about the campaigns leading up to various Ontario elections, the thoughts of prospective candidates and their views on certain issues that I didn't know about, but were covered in a very fair and interesting way.
Most of the interviews are also couched in personal reflections from Paikin himself, who relates his experiences meeting some of these people while working at TVO giving a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the station in the process.