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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 Duane Thomas, Paul Lionel Zimmerman. 1988
Thomas, a running back for two years with the Dallas Cowboys football team, tells of his turbulent years with the… team. Zimmerman indicts an arrogant management that let the Cowboys fall from greatness. 1988.
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 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 Norman Ollestad. 2009
Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing at a very young age by the… father he idolized. Resentful of a childhood lost to his father's reckless and demanding adventures, young Ollestad was often paralyzed by fear. In February 1979, just as he was reaping the rewards of his training, a chartered plane carrying Norman, his father, and his father's girlfriend crashed in the mountains and was suspended at eight thousand feet, engulfed in a blizzard. Norman's father was dead, and the grief-stricken eleven-year old had to descend the mountain alone through snow and ice, without any gear. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.
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 Daniel Duane. 1996
An account of a year spent surfing in northern California. The author describes the natural history of the wildlife of… the area. He also delves into the art of crafting a surfboard, the water dynamics of surfing, and the cultural history of the sport. 1996.
By Ernie Pyle. 1944
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 Scott Young, Conn Smythe. 1981
By Ross Brewitt. 1997
Born in the mining town of Sudbury, Ontario, Eddie Shack seemed destined for a career in the meat-cutting trade. But… when his ability to cut the ice with his skates proved stronger, he followed his dreams into the NHL, into four Stanley Cup rings and into the hearts of hockey fans everywhere. However, his success came at great cost. While developing his profile as "Eddie the Entertainer," the young player had much to contend with, on and off the ice, and to this day, he cannot read or write. 1997.
By Michael Ulmer. 1995
Hockey journalist Ulmer profiles nine men who have gone beyond their status as Toronto Maple Leaf captains to become heroes… of Toronto history. Through the profiles of such players as Doug Gilmour, Darryl Sittler, and Wendel Clark, Ulmer tries to catch the spirit of the great team formed in 1927. 1995.
By Mike Leonetti, Darryl Sittler. 2016
Darryl Sittler may well be remembered for two of the most remarkable performances in the history of the National Hockey… League. On February 7, 1976, he scored six goals and added four assists for an NHL record total of ten points in a game. That spring, he joined Maurice Richard in hockey history by recording five goals in one playoff game. #27 looks back at his greatest moments on and off the ice: growing up in St. Jacobs, Ontario, his days in junior hockey with the London Knights, his rookie year in 1970-71, his greatest teammates (Lanny McDonald, Borje Salming, Ian Turnbull, and Mike Palmateer, to name a few) and greatest rivals (Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, Brian Trottier, Bobby Clarke, Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, and Larry Robinson). He recounts his childhood hockey heroes, his years playing for Philadelphia and Detroit, his induction into the Hall of Fame, and deep devotion to his family. 2016.
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.