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  As chief parliamentary correspondent for CTV News, Craig Oliver is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected journalists, a newsman who has reported on the major political figures and news stories of our times with passion, insight, and bracing candour.He brings those same qualities to this many-layered memoir of an extraordinary professional and personal life. The o  As chief parliamentary correspondent for CTV News, Craig Oliver is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected journalists, a newsman who has reported on the major political figures and news stories of our times with passion, insight, and bracing candour.He brings those same qualities to this many-layered memoir of an extraordinary professional and personal life. The only child of two alcoholics, he spent his childhood and adolescence in the homes of strangers. A chance summer job with the local CBC station launched his broadcasting career, taking Oliver from Prince Rupert, B.C. to Ottawa, Washington, and Central America. He witnessed up close the follies, foibles and occasional brilliance of the men and women who shaped our history over four decades.At the same time, Oliver pursued a personal passion for Canada’s wilderness rivers. For 30 years, he and a close company of companions—all political and media figures, from Tim Kotcheff and John Macfarlane to Eddie Goldenberg and Pierre Trudeau—paddled some of the remotest waters in western and northern Canada.Most surprising is the revelation that this comfortable television presenter has been legally blind for a decade....

Title : Oliver's Twist: The Life And Times Of An Unapologetic Newshound
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ISBN : 9780670065226
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Oliver's Twist: The Life And Times Of An Unapologetic Newshound Reviews

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-02-09 09:57

    As the chief political reporter for CTV news, Craig Oliver is well known to many Canadians. This memoir covers his life thus far, from his childhood running wild in Prince Rupert through his early reporting days with CBC to his present role.He chronicles his difficult childhood, talking about both parents who were alcoholics. It was in Prince Rupert that he first started his journalistic career, working for the small CBC radio station there. He moved next to the Prairies and on to Toronto and Ottawa. We see how he moved from the CBC to CTV when it was first starting up and the role he played in its early days.He talks about his stint in Washington, how he found a way to gain information from the political players there and his travels covering U.S. roles in other countries. Throughout his career, we see the development of relationships between other news people and between Oliver and the political players of the times. He talks about the different styles of the various politicians and his relationship with them.In addition, Oliver also includes his passion for canoeing northern rivers and his experiences as he made longterm friendships with the men he shared this passion with. This addition really brought out the personal in the story and he includes a trip he made with his son. He also talks about his love for horse riding as a youth and how he rediscovered this joy later in life. Another personal chapter talks about his loss of vision and how he came to terms with the dependency on others he was forced to learn.A very interesting memoir covering many decades of politics in our country and opening the doors to a very interesting life.

  • Patrick Nichol
    2019-01-30 16:16

    Craig Oliver is a crack TV reporter who is a fixture on Canadian TV. He is also a gifted storyteller, as anyone who reads his memoir Oliver's Twist will discover.Whether it's chronicling his strained relationship with his mother or covering everyone from U.S. President Ronald Reagan to various Canadian prime ministers, Oliver delivers the goods in a rich, layered style.In fact, reading this is like swapping stories in Oliver's living room over a beer.Although his inside baseball stories about covering Ottawa and Washington politics is fascinating, the best tales are about the outdoors. Canoeing some of Canada's most challenging rivers or horseback riding in the Alberta Foothills.One cannot help but be drawn into Oliver's recollection of canoeing with former PM Pierre Trudeau as they portage, banter and traverse Northern Canadian rivers.And his tales of dodging bullets in El Salvador are harrowing.But his bravest test is losing his sight. Oliver is legally blind, and he talks frankly about his affliction throughout the book.Fans of Journalism, outdoors and great writing will definitely enjoy this book.I only regret that he didn't include any pictures.

  • Jim Puskas
    2019-02-12 10:23

    This is a surprisingly entertaining, thoughtful and insightful book, revealing much about the realities of a broadcast journalist's life along with an intriguing glimpse into the lives and personalities of numerous public figures. Most engaging were the chapters recounting Oliver's thirty or so canoeing trips along most of canada's great northern rivers, from the maritimes to the high arctic, in company with fellow adventureers including Pierre Trudeau, Peter Stollery, John Godfrey, Robert Fowler and a dozen other well-known figures. Oliver's frankness regarding his own peculiar personality and his troubled family life is refreshing. His obvious deep respect for most of the politicians to whom he often directed sharply barbed questions shines through, even while addressing their shortcomings.

  • Gerry
    2019-02-02 14:58

    Craig Oliver is a well-known figure in Canadian broadcasting for one of its major TV networks. This memoir shows that he is one excellent writer.Its surprising start reveals that his parents were both alcoholics and his father was a bootlegger! Oliver then describes his long climb up the ladder of his profession, much of it amusing and revealing about the characters he met and the changing culture, political and otherwise, of the last 40 years. His passages about canoe trips to Canada's North are often lyrical, and they include some fascinating material about the life and death of Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Craig Oliver was going blind from glaucoma from his mid-30's on, and his success is all the more remarkable in the light of this challenge.

  • Ottawajax
    2019-01-23 12:59

    I enjoyed his political stories. They showed me a side of politics that we never hear or see. I was a little disapointed that that they were not more of these kinds of stories. I thought there was too much of the book based on his canoe trips. I originally purchased the book to learn about stories from behind the sceen on political matters. The ones he did tell us were interesting, but I'm sure he has many more he could have substituted for some of his canoe adventures.

  • Vionna
    2019-01-19 11:26

    Craig Oliver sat us down at history's table and proceeded to provide a feast of stories from his personal life and from his many years of political reporting. I thoroughly enjoying reading about his insights into the political world, our leaders both great and those who were so-so. He travelled far and wide to provide us with wonderful news stories. I envy him his canoe trips to the far north of Canada and the Arctic. What spectacular scenery he and his fellowcanoest enjoyed.

  • Lorraine
    2019-01-17 09:18

    This was an amazing book. I have always referred to Craig as the Pigeon. (That wasn't meant as a slur, my uncle tim raised racing pigeons when he lived with us.) The story is very honest and opened and really shows what determination this man has. Learning how he has dealt with his blindness has given my a greater respect for the man. I also commend him for the love and compassion that he showed to his mother through the years. A great look at an extremely interesting Canadian!

  • Byron Wright
    2019-02-10 10:11

    You don't need to be a big Craig Oliver fan to like this book. I was aware of Craig Oliver, but it didn't go beyond that. The book was very interesting.The content of this book is equal parts about Craig Oliver and the events that he was a part of. So, it offers some behind the scenes looks at interactivity between politicians and the press outside of the the office. I would never have guessed that Craig went canoeing with Trudeau.

  • Raimo Wirkkala
    2019-01-27 09:19

    Given my background in the industry, I am a sucker for broadcaster memoirs so I read this one even though I've never cared for the man's work. I am glad I did because it was an enjoyable read. There is enough here about his life outside of the business to make it interesting for the general reader as well. I almost regret my low regard for his work. Almost.

  • Sherry
    2019-02-12 12:11

    I don't usually give a book such a low rating. I would just stop reading it if it wasn't my kind of book. Just a little more political than I expected it to be. I enjoyed the beginning when he was talking about his life growing up. I guess I should have known better. Still like you Craig Oliver...haha!

  • Brent
    2019-02-12 09:06

    I enjoyed this book, knowing most of the news stories Graig Oliver mentions. In addition, his life was quite interesting and makes a great story.I wasn't aware of his canoe trips with others, including Prime Minister Trudeau but these adventures added another "twist" to his life story.I think any Canadian would enjoy this read.

  • Christie
    2019-02-02 15:25

    I was surprised by how much I like this book. While it was heavy on the details of Canadian politics, Oliver's reflections of his personal life were what really made this book. I have seen Craig Oliver on CTV for...I think...ever! I never knew about his crazy canoe trips with his friends. He gave a perspective of our prime ministers that changed my view of the Ottawa. On your toes Harper.

  • Hollis
    2019-02-17 12:23

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Oliver's recollections of reporting on Canadian politics, especially his insights into the give and take relationship between the media and the politicians. He is an interesting fellow whose voice really rings true in this book.

  • Lillian
    2019-01-30 13:24

    It was a little dry at first, not experiencing first hand the events he wrote about, but as his story moved into the late 90s and 2000s, i found it more relateable and interesting to get a backstage view of those events.

  • Katee
    2019-02-14 11:09

    Very good read. Oliver has had quite the life. Good insight into the workings of Ottawa.

  • Maureen Rue
    2019-02-07 15:10

    What an amazing, interesting man!

  • Knitter
    2019-02-13 11:15

    Interesting biography spiced with anecdotes.

  • Dave Jackson
    2019-01-26 12:25

    Got bored. Stopped half way through

  • John
    2019-02-01 13:09

    Interesting bookend to Lloyd Robertson's book. This one is more jagged, and more interesting.