There has never been a book about Stephen Harper, yet on June 28 he came close to being our prime minister. If Paul Martin miscalculates, Stephen Harper could be our next prime minister in months, not years.
Who is this man? Everyone knows that he became leader of the Alliance Party and, against all odds, gathered in the old Conservative Party to create a force designed to win power, coming very close in 2004.
Yet what are his core beliefs? To what extent does he agree with his party's social conservatives, who scared away voters in the last election? Where will he take us if he gets power?
William Johnson has researched the Harper family background and the historical context that shaped his political career. He paints a fascinating picture of a man who, like Pierre Trudeau, trained mentally for political power like an athlete training for the Olympics, yet is not a natural politician and never really wanted the political leader’s life. By studying Harper’s approach to the main issues in Canadian politics, he shows that Harper is a sophisticated political operative, far more complex and intellectual than the right-wing Republican image that has been created for him.
This is a serious, objective political biography, short on gossip but long on clear discussion of Harper’s political views – and how he got them. Johnson’s message? Don’t underestimate this man.
Dr.Earl Shanks of Roundup Montana retired and moved to Dallas,Texas where he runs a Perpetual Poker Game. He met Dr. Anne Townsend, a senior executive with American Airlines, and a recovering gambling addict. His fatherly relationship caused him to engineer a loss to her of part of his 80,000 acre ranch in Montana. He was hoping to entangle her in a ranching partnership which included a promise that she would give up gambling. He did this by knowingly betting on a losing hand. Real cowboys,cattle rustlers, Special Forces warriors,gamblers,Miami mobsters and a beautiful talented musician and scientist round out this cast of characters who find themselves inextricably connected in this exciting and riveting story and chase that takes you from Miami, to Minnesota , To Dallas Texas, to Montana. This story evokes all the ranges of emotion and intensity as it tells the stories of these exciting people.
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