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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 Bob Greene. 2000
Based on interviews with his father's hero--the B-29 pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945--a… syndicated columnist delivers a tribute to a passing generation. Explores the values of World War II veterans and their commitment to patriotism, courage, and a sense of duty. Bestseller. 2000.
By Chris Patten. 1998
Chris Patten reflects on his experiences as the governor of Hong Kong, why he adopted the stance he did, and… how he fought his battles. Why has the Far East more generally prospered so spectacularly over recent decades, and how seriously should its recent crises be taken? What is the possibility of such conditions for prosperity being reproduced elsewhere? What are the connections between political freedom and the rule of law, and economic freedom and advance? What is China's role in the world to be? Patten discusses the answers to these and other questions. 1998.
By Paul Fussell. 1996
Memoirs of a literary scholar describing his experience as a young soldier in World War II. Fussell expounds on the… everlasting impact the war had on his psyche and delivers excoriating commentary on many subjects. Some violence and some strong language. 1996.
By Hans Blix. 2004
Blix reluctantly came out of retirement in 2000 to lead the U.N. weapons inspections team in Iraq because he was… the only man everyone could agree on for the job. Three years later, those clamouring for military intervention grumbled at his inability (or, as they saw it, refusal) to present evidence of weapons of mass destruction, but he reminds readers that his assignment was to assess and report on the available evidence. A play-by-play account of the months of diplomacy and inspection efforts leading up to the Iraq war. Some descriptions of violence. 2004.
Devil at my heels: a heroic Olympian's astonishing story of survival as a Japanese POW in World War II
By David Rensin, Louis Zamperini. 2011
A youthful troublemaker, a world-class NCAA miler, a 1936 Olympian, a WWII bombardier: Louis Zamperini had a fuller life than… most. But on May 27, 1943, it all changed when his B-24 crashed into the Pacific Ocean, leaving Louis and two other survivors drifting on a raft for forty-seven days and two thousand miles, waiting in vain to be rescued. When they finally reached land, they were captured by the Japanese. Louis spent the next two years as a prisoner of war--tortured and humiliated, routinely beaten, starved and forced into slave labour--while the Army Air Corps declared him dead and sent official condolences to his family. On his return home, memories of the war haunted him and nearly destroyed his marriage, until a spiritual rebirth transformed him. 2011.
Tibor "Max" Eisen was born in Moldava, Czechoslovakia into an Orthodox Jewish family. In the spring of 1944, gendarmes forcibly… removed Eisen and his family from their home. They were brought to a brickyard and eventually loaded onto crowded cattle cars bound for Auschwitz-Birkenau. Winner of Canada Reads 2019. Bestseller. 2016.
By William Arthur Bishop. 1992
By Bob Spall. 1996
Bob Spall is an accidental airman from North Vancouver who joined the RCAF in 1939 on impulse, but never made… it out of Canada to fight in the war. This is the story of ordinary Canadians during the war years, a time that brought jobs, travel, and personal challenges. 1996.
By Barbara Ladouceur, Phyllis Spence. 1995
Thirty-six war brides recount their journeys from the blackouts of war-torn Britain to the bright lights of Canada. Through oral… histories, they recall the declaration of war, the bombing raids, the new job opportunities for women, the excitement of meeting Canadian servicemen on leave, and speak of starting new lives in Canada. 1995.
By Bruce Gamble. 2000
The biography of legendary warrior, lover, drinker and WWII hero Gregory Boyington. Blessed with inveterate luck, he lived a life… that went beyond the most imaginative fiction. After being "encouraged" to leave the Marine corps, he went on to become a WWII hero as a nonconforming squadron leader. 2000.
By Ernie Pyle. 1944
By Fox Butterfield. 1982
A former New York Times Peking correspondent presents an unflattering portrait of life in contemporary China. His personal experiences in… China and stories related by his Chinese friends reveal a cynical society, traumatized by Mao’s politics and ruled by a repressive and bureaucratic elite. 1982.
By Manny Drukier. 1996
Drukier was forced by the Nazis to leave his native city of Lodz in Poland in 1939, at the age… of eleven. In this book, prompted by his first visit back to Poland in fifty years, he describes what happened from that day until his emigration to North America. He tells of hiding, work in labour camps, and his day of liberation. He also tells of his friends and family and their love and will to survive. 1996.
By Charles Taylor. 1984
Charles Taylor, a former Peking correspondent, has selected reports from the last 25 years to provide a first-hand account of… this dramatic period in Chinese history. 1984. Uniform title: The Globe and mail.
By Linda Granfield. 2002
This book tells the story of Canada's war brides. 48,000 young women met and married Canadian servicemen in Europe during… World War II. Nothing could have prepared them for their experience in this new land. Some regretted their hasty love affairs and others enjoyed more than 50 years of happy marriage. 2002.
By Andrew Sinclair. 1998
This concise biography unravels Che's life, from his birth in 1928, the child of free-thinking radical Argentinian aristocrats, through his… youthful membership of Accion Argentina, his training as a doctor, and action as a commander in the guerrilla war in Cuba with Fidel Castro, to his execution. 1998.
By Donald Serrell Thomas. 1978
By Richard Madsen, Anita Chan, Jonathan Unger. 1984
By Valjean McLenighan. 1983