Harperland Title

The Politics of Control

Now in Paperback



Harperland by Lawrence Martin

In his bestselling book Harperland, Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin puts Stephen Harper’s potent governance under the microscope.

Focusing on the growth of executive power under Harper’s Conservative government and drawing on interviews with key insiders, Martin portrays a leader firmly in control of his political agenda–and a man who goes to extraordinary lengths to see it implemented. Harperland charts how a prime minister, with only a minority government, has made significant progress in undermining the old Liberal consensus while fashioning a new Conservative order. And, in doing so, Harper–who once complained of Ottawa’s “democratic deficit”–has employed tactics that many regard as an assault on Canada’s democratic traditions. But the central question, Martin writes, is whether Harper’s excesses will solidify his rule or be his undoing.

Lawrence Martin

Lawrence Martin is a Globe and Mail columnist and author of 10 books, including many critically acclaimed bestsellers including The Presidents and the Prime Ministers, The Red Machine (a history of hockey in the Soviet Union), and a two-volume biography of Jean Chrétien.


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Review Quotes

"A potential 276-page guidebook to a Conservative majority."
National Post
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"The first major book which reviews in detail how Harper has taken such tight control of the federal political landscape since becoming prime minister."
Vancouver Sun
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"The first substantial book to peek behind the curtain of Stephen Harper's government paints a portrait of the prime minister as a control freak largely motivated by hatred for his political opponents."
The Chronicle Herald
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"The Prime Minister's office has reportedly dismissed this new book as "biased," but the author, Martin, is saying that the revelations come from Conservatives—friends of the government, not enemies."
Waterloo Record
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"An exhaustive catalogue of Harper's "deeply seeded" need for complete information control and his discipline, ruthlessness—and information duplicity—in pursuing his goals."
Winnipeg Free Press
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Media Coverage

Harper would do well to read new biography
National Post - Chris Wattie
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New book on Harper on-sale tomorrow
—Canada NewsWire (press release)
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Welcome to Harperland
Toronto Star
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GG and PM: Behind the scenes of the prorogation decision
Toronto Star
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Inside Harperland
Montreal Gazette
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PM may have gone to Queen
The Barrie Examiner - Bryn Weese
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Hard to discount cynicism behind Prentice decision
StarPhoenix
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The Prime Minister and "audacities"
Toronto Star Blogs (blog)
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Prime Minister Harper risks losing control of his caucus: Flanagan
Hill Times (subscription)
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So much to read, so many authors to meet
Montreal Gazette
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If You Say So Prime Minister Harper
Oye! Times - Steve Val
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New titles to rake up for this year's crop of fall books
Calgary Herald - Carla Maria Lucchetta
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Hébert: Harper, Duceppe united by anti-Liberal zeal
—Toronto Star - Alan Porritt
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OttawaWatch: Counting in Harperland
—CanadianChristianity.com - Lloyd Mackey
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here is what you may have missed this morning plus a little something else
—CJAD (blog) - Tommy Schnurmacher
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Lawrence Martin's Harperland exposes a prime minister in control
—Straight.com - Charlie Smith
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PM's reaction to Harperland over-the-top
—The Gateway Online
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For Tom Flanagan, Harper book shows Ottawa 'puts too much on confidentiality'
Globe and Mail - Jane Taber
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EI changes, arena politics and HST woes
Belleville Intelligencer - Louis Desjardins
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Hébert: Duceppe hands Harper fresh anti-coalition ammunition
Toronto Star - Chantal Hébert
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Semrau demoted, kicked out of Canadian Forces
—CTV.ca
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Harperland analyzes PM's inherent unlikability
Vancouver Sun - Don Martin
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Don Martin: Harperland a potential guidebook to Conservative ...
National Post
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Behind the numbers: The Conservative government tries to suppress records they ...
—CBC.ca
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Book Hound
—Canada.com
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Who's afraid of liberals?
Toronto Star Blogs (blog)
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A visit to Harperland can mean a wild ride
Victoria Times Colonist
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PM's reaction to Harperland over-the-top
—The Gateway Online
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Harperland analyzes PM's inherent unlikability
Vancouver Sun
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Looking for Nixon-like tendencies in Harperland
Globe and Mail - Jeffrey Simpson
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Brutal book on Canada PM causes pre-election stir
Reuters
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Exploring Harperland
—CBC's Sunday Edition (hour two)
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A contentious new book title.
—CBC's The Rick Mercer Report
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Inside Harperland
Ottawa Citizen - Susan Riley
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Don Martin: Tories disagree with new book too much to read it
National Post
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PMO attacks author of book on Harper
National Post - Mark Kennedy
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New book 'Harperland' paints PM as controlling
—CTV.ca
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Author defends Harper book
—CBC.ca
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Teneycke's Queen-GG assertion 'false': PMO
—CBC.ca - Andrew Davidson
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Harperland: The Politics of Control
Oye! Times - Steve Val
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New book delves into Harper's 2008 prorogation
—CTV.ca
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Harper book paints picture of ruthless PM demanding total control, discipline
Winnipeg Free Press - Bruce Cheadle
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'Peace, order, and hood government': Book examines PM's four-year power hold ...
Vancouver Sun - Mark Kennedy
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Book details daily 'rehearsals' of Harper regime
Guelph Mercury - Susan Delacourt
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Book paints PM as controlling, ruthless strategist
—TheChronicleHerald.ca - Stephen Maher
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PM considered going to Queen over prorogation
Toronto Sun - Bryn Weese
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Stephen Harper pondered appeal to Queen over prorogation
Globe and Mail - John Ibbitson
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If all else fails, call the Queen (II)
—Macleans.ca (blog) - Aaron Wherry
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PMO says Harperland author sees Liberal red
Ottawa Citizen - Mark Kennedy
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'Peace, order, and hood government': Book examines PM's four-year power hold ...
Ottawa Citizen - Mark Kennedy
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Do as I say, not as I do: New book pans PM
Metro Canada - Ottawa
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