Takedown, A House of Cards
“Politics is described as a bloodsport ... this book [has] taken it to a new level. I would call it a Game of Thrones kind of assassination.
—Cynthia Mulligan, CityNews, Toronto
“Brown lets the reader in on the inner workings of politics in a way that’s never been done before. … Laid out bluntly and honestly, there is a lot of retrospection.”
—Diana Davison, The Post Millennial
“Brampton Mayor-elect Patrick Brown’s new memoir breaks the mould of stodgy, predictable political biographies that employ pedestrian language to bore readers into submission … It’s a tell-all thriller and political takedown of Ontario Progressive Cons.”
—San Grewal, Publisher of The Pointer
“Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown comes out swinging in a new tell-all memoir.”
—Farrah Merali, CBC News
“To be honest, I couldn’t put it down.”
—Libby Znaimer, Zoomer Radio AM740 / FM 96.7 Toronto
Optimum is an award-winning, international publisher with an impressive backlist of bestsellers from the 1970s to present. Originally founded as the book-publishing arm of the Montreal Star, we officially became Optimum Publishing International in 1982. Over the years, Optimum has featured a number of bestselling authors including Fred Breummer (The Arctic, Life of the Harp Seal, and Children of the North), Margo Oliver (Margo Oliver’s Most Treasured Recipes), Greg Clark (The Bird of Paradise, Greg Clark’s Favorites) and many more.
Optimum Publishing International is committed to the relentless pursuit of truth, fearless editorial choices, and timeless great writing.
Optimum is known for delivering sensational crime and political bestsellers such as The Canadian Connection, a mafia exposé by Jean-Pierre Charbonneau; Beyond Reason, a deep dive into life with Pierre Trudeau by Margaret Trudeau; From the Plains of Africa to the Jungles of Parliament, an epic journey from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti to Canadian politics by Member of Parliament Barry Turner; Up the Hill, the hardest hitting chronicle of life on Parliament Hill in the Trudeau Government by former Treasury Board President Donald Johnson; and The Bulletproof Flag: Canadian Peacekeeping Forces and the War in Cyprus, a harrowing tale of military bravery by Brigadier General Clay Beattie.
Dean Baxendale has taken the reigns since the founder of Optimum Publishing International, Michael Baxendale, passed away in January of 2017. Under Dean’s leadership, Optimum continues its commitment to cutting edge non-fiction with a focus on three key areas of interest—Canadian and International Politics, Organized and Corporate Crime, Social and Political Justice.