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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 Barbara Crossette. 1998
In 1997 this New York Times journalist traveled across Asia, visiting the classic hill towns built by several colonial powers.… She recalls her journeys to these remote locations, discusses their history, and describes how each has evolved since being inherited by an independent nation. 1998.
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 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 Robyn Davidson. 1996
An Australian woman recounts her travel experiences with a nomadic population in the desert of western India. She endures hardship… and discomfort to record a disappearing way of life. Despite being a foreigner, a woman, and ignorant of the local language, she forges enduring friendships. 1996.
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 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 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.
By George Woodcock. 1988
In 1987, the author toured through northern China visiting traditional Buddhist centres rarely visited by the non-Chinese. As he recounts… his journey, Woodcock also details Chinese geography, history, art, religion and society. 1988.
By Sandra Lynn Hutchison. 1996
Nine months before the Tiananmen Uprising, Sandra Hutchison travelled to Anhui Province in China to teach English literature. In "Chinese… brushstrokes," she tells of her journeys within China, her encounters with its people, and the Democracy Movement of 1989. 1996.
By David Stafford. 1986
Camp X, established during World War II near Whitby, Ontario, was the first secret-agent training school in North America. The… graduates became spies, secret agents and guerrilla fighters. An intriguing history of covert Allied co-operations. c1986.
By Bobbie Kalman. 1989
A description of life in modern China, and of how conditions have changed there. Grades 3-6. Taped with: China, the… land by Bobbie Kalman. Covers the events and people that have shaped China's history. Grades 3-6. Taped with China, the culture by Bobbie Kalman. Records the achievements of China's 4,000 year old civilization. Includes the history of various festivities, recipes and activities. Grades 3-6. (The lands, peoples and cultures series)
By Howard Margolian. 1998
Shortly after the allies landed at Normandy more than 150 Canadian Prisoners of War were murdered by German soldiers. Margolian… examines how both the Canadians and the Germans ended up where they were. 1998.