No Place for Fools
“Politics is no place for fools,” Don Jamieson concluded as he worked in Swift Current, Newfoundland to refine and integrate the notes and observations that comprise these extensive memoirs. Such a conclusion is not surprising, for Jamieosn’s writing bears witness to the rise and fall of many political fortunes.
With meticulous attention to detail, Jamieson’s memoirs cover a broad span of Newfoundland and Canadian history. From hi home province during the “dirty thirties,” through the tumult of the Confederation debates and beyond to the politics of the Trudeau era, Jamieson records people and events from an insider’s point of view. Politics come alive for the reader as Jamieson presents the players in intimate detail-describing, recounting and dissecting. At times dramatic, at times reflective, The Political Memoirs of Don Jamieson provide more than a compelling historical record; they reveal the mind of a man who was a keen observer, a thinker who found it necessary to run the issues of his time over and over again in order to explore all sides of the story.