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By David Dilks. 2005
Winston Churchill's connection with Canada ("the Great Dominion", as he called it) spanned more than half a century: at Winnipeg… he heard the news of Queen Victoria's death, in Ottawa in the dark days of 1941 he proclaimed his confidence in victory, and in 1952 had to concede that the result of victory had been far less satisfying than he had wished. No other Commonwealth country sparked such detailed knowledge or lifelong interest. 2005.
By David Lewis. 1981
By Peter Stursberg. 1976
By Charles Ritchie. 1981
While giving an account of his career in the diplomatic service, Ritchie also gives to the reader glimpses of world… figures. Entertaining and often hilarious. Sequel to "The siren years." 1981.
Christopher Meyer was Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003, during which time he was an eyewitness to… and participant in the events following 9/11 and the preparations for the Iraq war. Meyer presents an account of what he saw, what he heard and how he felt. 2006.
By Benazir Bhutto. 1989
The daughter of the only popular leader Pakistan has ever produced - President Bhutto, achieved a princess-like status by becoming… Pakistan's first woman Prime Minister. This autobiography describes her upbringing in one of Pakistan's richest families, and her subsequent politicisation and arrest after her father's death, including nearly five years spent in detention. 1989.
By Judy Steed. 1988
This biography of the New Democratic Party's long-time leader, Ed Broadbent, recounts his early years in Oshawa, his university days… and the impact of C.B. Macpherson, his divorce and remarriage, and his rise to political power. 1988.
By Anne Edwards. 1987
By M. Scott Peck. 1997
Explores the social, medical, and ethical dimensions of euthanasia. At the heart of the issue, the author contends, is the… spiritual question of whether the human soul exists. Opposes a public policy of allowing "euthanasia on demand" while arguing for more humane handling of physical and emotional pain. 1997.
By Kerry Pither. 2008
An exposé of Canadian national security investigations, told through the eyes of four of their targets: Ahmad El Maati, Abdullah… Almalki, Maher Arar and Muayyed Nureddin. All are Muslim-Canadian men who were accused of terrorist links, then imprisoned abroad, tortured and interrogated with questions that point to Canada's involvement in the process. All were eventually released without charge; Pither argues that what happened to them is rooted in a systemic pattern of complicity in torture. 2008.
By Fauziya Kassindja, Layli Miller Bashir. 1998
The account of a young Muslim girl who flees from her home in Togo, West Africa, to escape female genital… mutilation. Arriving illegally in the United States, Fauziya Kassindja is held for more than a year in prisons where she is further degraded. Aided by Layli Miller Bashir, a young law student, Fauziya is eventually granted asylum. 1998.
By Terry A Anderson. 1993
Former correspondent's account of 2,454 days held hostage by Hezbollah, an Islamic terrorist organization. Anderson, aided by his then-fiancee Madeleine… Bassil, chronicles the ordeal from the day he was mistaken for a spy and captured in Beirut, Lebanon, until the day he was released. He describes his own physical and mental abuse as well as the conditions of his fellow hostages. Includes strong language. Winner of the 1996 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 1993.
By Helen Thomas. 1975
Intriguing, close-up views of the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford presidencies. Thomas, regarded as the "First Lady" of White House… correspondents, reveals intimate and amusing details about what she has seen and heard on her assignments. 1975.
By Lauren Kessler. 2007
Biographer Lauren Kessler recounts her time at a West Coast Alzheimer's facility. Working as an unskilled resident assistant, Kessler learns… important lessons about humanity while conducting interviews with patients in various stages of the disease. 2007.
By Benjamin Franklin. 2006
An early advocate of the idea that anyone can develop in themselves the greatness to which they aspire, Ben Franklin… speaks across the centuries as practically as ever. A fine example of the rags-to-riches story, Franklin and his self-practiced wisdom are still extremely influential to this day. 2006.
By Jay A Goldstein. 1991
Discusses common illnesses that are sometimes misdiagnosed and mistreated, such as chronic fatigue and headaches. Using case histories as examples,… the authors explain the symptoms of each illness and how the disease process works. 1991.
By Robyn Doolittle. 2014
Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s personal and political troubles have occupied centre stage since news broke that there existed a video… of the mayor appearing to smoke crack cocaine. Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle was one of three journalists to view the video and report on its contents. Her dogged pursuit of the story has uncovered disturbing details about the mayor’s past, and embroiled the police, city councillors, and ordinary citizens in a raucous debate about the future of the city. 2014.
By William Finnegan. 1986
The author's experiences as a teacher at a "coloured" high school near Cape Town, South Africa. He describes his own… growth in understanding the tremendous inadequacies of the educational system and the evil of the entire political system. 1986.
By Anthony Everitt. 2009
A portrait of the Roman politician describes the life and times of the ancient statesman, based on the witty and… candid letters that Cicero wrote to his friend Atticus in which he described the events and personalities that shaped the final days of Republican Rome. 2014.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.