Robert Lewis has written a brilliant, irreplaceable book. His own experience as a parliamentary reporter over many years gives the account a distinct, personal feel, but it goes well beyond anecdotage to giving us a real history of the often tempestuous relationship between political leaders and the press galleries over the life of the country. Well written, funny, insightful, it takes us through personality clashes and technological change in a thoughtful way. It is a remarkable celebration of our country and the value of a free and outspoken press.
— Bob Rae, former premier of Ontario and leader of the federal Liberals
The most important book of the year. Robert Lewis’s Power, Prime Ministers and the Press is essential reading for all who believe in a free press, democracy and the critical role of responsible journalism. It is both history lesson and civics lesson – as well as a magnificent portrayal of the National Press Gallery and the wonderful, often wacky, characters who have worked (and played) there from Confederation to tonight's news.
— Roy MacGregor, an award-winning journalist and author
This is the riveting story of the men and women who wrote the first draft of Canada’s 150 year history. Bob Lewis tells it with a verve and obvious affection for a craft that has been his life’s work. He also introduces us to the old, pre-Confederation firebrand, William Lyon Mackenzie's warning that ‘(W)henever the press is not free, the people are poor, abject, degraded slaves ...’ and reminds us why this admonition is as relevant today as it was throughout the fascinating history he brings to life in these pages.
— Allan Gregg, pollster and political strategist
Power, Prime Ministers and the Press is a swift, well-written tour through the long and varied … history of the journalists covering federal politics in Canada.”
Quill & Quire
It has fallen, however, to Robert Lewis and his meticulously researched Power, Prime Ministers and the Press: The Battle for Truth on Parliament Hill to tie together the many disparate eras of the one-time boys club known as the Parliamentary Press Gallery.
Literary Review of Canada