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By Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag… Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
By J. L Granatstein. 1993
Granatstein's study of life at the top during the Second World War centres on the most senior ranks in the… Canadian Army. Men like Andrew McNaughton, Harold Crerar, Thomas Burns and Guy Simonds had not only to win military campaigns, but also command the sympathies of bureaucrats and powerful politicians. None, however, forgot they were fighting a war, and that their decisions directly affected the lives of Canadian soldiers. 1993.
By Walter Lord. 1998
By John Bryden. 1989
By Hugues De Montalembert, David Noakes. 1985
In 1978, artist Hughes de Montalembert was blinded by two muggers. This is the tale of his search for a… cure, of his rehabilitation and his despair, and finally his discovery of reconciliation and peace. 1985. Uniform title: Lumière assassinée.
By Stephen Kuusisto. 2006
The author of "Planet of the Blind", who has been legally blind since birth, explains how he perceives the world… around him through listening. In these essays he describes childhood influences, adult travels, artful eavesdropping, and love of poetry and Caruso's singing. 2006.
By Peter Wyden. 1984
The full story of the creation and use of the atom bomb. Reveals the scientific breakthrough that made the bomb… possible and the reality of "Day One" in Hiroshima where 130,000 people died. Bestseller 1984.
By Peter Townsend. 1991
The Battle of Britain was the collision towards which aviation developments on both sides had been heading for more than… twenty years. Group Captain Townsend traces the background of two air forces with a common past of rivalry and respect. This dramatic account vividly recalls the days when Britain's fate hung in the balance until allied airmen, the author among them, secured a victory which saved Britain from invasion and paved the way for Hitler's final defeat. 1991.
By Fred Taylor. 2004
Historian examines the World War II controversial Allied bombing of the ancient German cultural centre and industrial city, deemed a… "legitimate military target." Along with historical background provides a minute-by-minute account of the air raid and reviews the post-war moral debate over the magnitude of destruction and civilian casualties. c2004.
By Hugh Brewster. 2009
On the night of August 19, 1942, a force of five thousand Canadians launched an attack on the Nazi-held French… port of Dieppe. When it was over, the Allies were forced to retreat, nearly a thousand Canadian troops lay dead, and almost two thousand were taken prisoner. For years, defenders of the raid claimed that the Allies learned valuable lessons from Dieppe that were put to use later in the war, but others believed that the Canadian soldiers had been used as cannon fodder. Includes sections about the evacuation and the POW experiences. Explicit descriptions of violence. Grades 3-6. 2009.
By Nechama Tec. 2008
The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but many Jews struggled against the… terrors of the Third Reich. This is the history of one such group, a forest community numbering more than 1,200 Jews, that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. These men and women of all ages - hungry, largely unarmed, and exposed to harsh winter weather - smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, led retaliatory raids against Nazi collaborators, and offered protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Some descriptions of violence. 2008.
By Tom Sullivan. 2012
For Tom Sullivan —author, actor, athlete, singer, entertainer, and producer—a life with blindness has been a life with very few… true limits. In this elegant exploration of the senses, he considers the different challenges he’s faced and explains the wonder he carries because, not in spite, of his blindness. 2012.
By Frances Lief Neer. 1994
Neer suffered from low vision throughout her life and eventually became blind. Just as she lost her sight totally, her… adult son died and left her his 13-year-old daughter to raise. Neer's story is about coping - how to travel, shop, socialize, read and write, and run a household - and she describes attending plays, cooking for dinner parties, becoming street savvy, and, literally, dancing in the dark. 1994.
By Richard Platt. 2004
How did the Allies of World War II plan and execute the most massive and daring invasion in military history?… Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, more ships, men, and air support than ever before landed on the beaches of Normandy. Learn about the background, events and consequences of the attack. Some violence. Grades 2-4. 2004.
By Arthur Dickison. 2003
This record of life on board HMS Safari during World War II is based on original first-hand accounts. As the… boat's leading telegraphist, Arthur Dickison had a privileged position in the crew, with access to all signals traffic and the navigation officer as his boss, who gave him an insight into why they were doing what they did. During 18 months of war patrols, Dickison kept a personal diary of life aboard Safari. In it he recorded daily events ranging from the tedium of long sea passages to stalking enemy convoys, crash dives and fighting it out on the surface. 2003.
By Stephen E Ambrose. 1994
From an interview with Supreme Commander General Eisenhower in 1964 through the recollections of hundreds of Allied and German veterans,… a military historian reconstructs the most decisive day of World War II. Some strong language. c1994.
By Ved Mehta. 1972
A memoir about the author's father whose work in the field of cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis is notable. The author… also tells about being sent to a school for the blind after illness robs him of his sight. 1972.
By Eileen J Garcia, Isabel Beveridge. 2003
Raised in a village far from professional help during the Great Depression, Isabel Beveridge attended a distant residential school for… deaf and blind children, and went on to become the first blind graduate of the University of British Columbia. She overcame many difficulties and challenges in her search for higher education and meaningful work in a competitive market, and was eventually awarded a place in the Alumni Hall of Fame of Columbia University in New York in recognition of her groundbreaking achievements as well as her lifetime of service to blind and visually impaired people. 2003.
By Verne Edquist, Ed Edquist Verne. 1993
For nine to 10 months of the year, the Ontario School for the Blind was home to many children. Here,… former students, including musician Jeff Healey, describe their lives at this school and reminisce about their experiences, both good and bad. 1993.
By Joan Mactavish. 2001
Biography of Mae Brown (1935-1973), who was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from a Canadian university, and was a… counsellor at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Her college tutor chronicles Brown's family, education, social and professional life, and triumphs and disappointments.