Canada's best political books


The results are in. The best Canadian political book of the last 25 years, according to a popular vote, is Ezra Levant's Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights, published in 2009.

Samara and the Writers' Trust of Canada have been collecting votes from the public throughout July. The original 12 finalists were announced in late June. The three runners-up are: Stevie Cameron’s On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years, published in 1994; Lawrence Martin’s Harperland: The Politics of Control, published in 2010; and John Duffy’s Fights of Our Lives: Elections, Leadership, and the Making of Canada, published in 2002.

Check out the Samara website to see all 12 finalists, plus read some author Q&As. Be sure to check out the comments too -- many bemoaning the lack of books chosen by authors outside of Ontario -- and Samara's post about having no French-language finalists.

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