Peter C. Newman was born in Vienna, Austria, and emigrated from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to Canada in 1940 as a Jewish refugee. He has been writing about Canadian politics for nearly half a century, including books on Prime ministers John Diefenbaker, Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Elliott Trudeau. He speaks four languages, has seven honorary doctorates, two Orders of Canada, three knighthoods, has written 24 books that have sold 2 million copies, and been married four times.
Newman is widely respected for his intimate knowledge and understanding of Canadian business leaders, and has written numerous books that have won him a half dozen of Canada's most illustrious literary awards, including the Drainie-Taylor Biography prize for his 2004 memoir, 'Here Be Dragons: Telling Tales of People, Passion and Power'. He is a former editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star, and a long-time editor at Maclean's, where he stewarded its transformation from a general interest magazine to a weekly newsmagazine.
He has been honored with a National Newspaper Award, has been elected to the News Hall of Fame, and has earned the informal title of Canada's 'most cussed and discussed' political commentator.