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    Fire and Desolation The Revolutionary War's 1778 Campaign as Waged from Quebec and Niagara Against the American Frontiers Gavin K. Watt Canada
    9781459738584 Paperback HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date: June 10, 2017
    $28.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Following a disastrous campaign in 1777, the alliance between the Six Nations and the British Crown became seriously strained. Relations were made even more difficult by the hands-off stance of Quebec’s governor, General Guy Carleton, which led to the Native leaders developing their own strategies and employing traditional tactics, leading to a ferocious series of attacks on the frontiers of Vermont, New York, and Pennsylvania, supported by Loyalist and Regular troops. Among these were two infamous actions, referred to as “massacres” by American historians — attacks on the Wyoming and Cherry Valleys. This destructive campaign prompted the Continental Congress to mount three major retributive expeditions against the territories of the Six Nations and their allies the following year.

      In Fire and Desolation, Gavin Watt details individual historical conflicts, illustrates the crushing tactical expertise of the Senecas and their Loyalist allies, and provides a fresh perspective on Canada’s involvement in the American Revolution and the unfolding events of 1778.
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      Gavin K. Watt is the author of eleven books about loyalist military history, including Burning of the Valleys and Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley. He lives in King City, Ontario.
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      Examined in light of modern principles of coalition warfare and low intensity conflict, Mr. Watt’s superb examination of British and First Nations diplomacy and military operations in the critical year of 1778 will interest any military historian. But it is also an essential background for any study of relations between the Crown and First Nations, in a campaign where Native allies were truly partners essential to the preservation of Canada. Watt’s appreciation of the role of First Nations, of women, of marginalized loyalists and even of the internecine politics inside the British, Rebel, and First Nations war efforts is an outstanding contribution to Canadian history and the history of the American Revolution.
      Now renowned Canadian historian, Gavin K. Watt, gives us the new definitive history for our era: Building upon Simms’s pioneering interviews from 175 years ago, but also interrogating and integrating those oral histories with a vast array of military correspondence and bureaucratic records from archives that were essentially unavailable in Simms’s day. No one has told this “missing chapter” of the War for American Independence so vividly or so well. A splendid read. In Watt’s lively telling, the “forgotten year” of the Revolution in New York becomes a compulsive, all-night page-turner.
      A perfect snapshot of the complicated human dynamics that steered the course of the Revolution.
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    Among the Walking Wounded Soldiers, Survival, and PTSD Colonel John Conrad Canada
    9781459735132 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military On Sale Date: April 29, 2017
    $24.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 232 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      A gripping account of PTSD, and a stark reminder that, for many, wars go on long after the last shot is fired.

      In the shadows of army life is a world where friends become monsters, where kindness twists into assault, and where self-loathing and despair become constant companions. Whether you know it by old names like “soldier’s heart,” “shell shock,” or “combat fatigue,” post-traumatic stress disorder has left deep and silent wounds throughout history in the ranks of fighting forces.

      Among the Walking Wounded tells one veteran’s experience of PTSD through an intimate personal account, as visceral as it is blunt. In a courageous story of descent and triumph, it tackles the stigma of PTSD head-on and brings an enduring message of struggle and hope for wounded Canadian veterans. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about Canadian veterans and the dark war they face long after their combat service is ended.
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      John Conrad has served thirty-four years in the Canadian Army. A bestselling author and colonel in the Army Reserve, he has authored a number of books and articles on Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan, including What the Thunder Said, a Military Book of the Month club selection in 2009. Colonel Conrad currently resides near Cooking Lake, Alberta.
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      Here is a soldier who speaks like a poet and writes like one too. It’s a story about PTSD from the inside out, but more than that, it’s an indictment of Veterans Affairs Canada and the other rigid, petty bureaucracies which have always existed to make things harder for men and women in uniform, but which do it now at real peril to their lives and health. Shame on them, and hooray for John Conrad.
      A love letter to all of those who love humanity so much they willingly sacrifice their lives – and mental health – for us. Conrad writes with a passion and beauty that can only come from someone who took that oath to protect millions of people…. Conrad’s writing will evoke anger, tears and pride.
      The author courageously uses his own struggles to paint a visceral, blunt picture of what lurks in the mind of someone with PTSD.
      What sets Conrad’s book apart is the writing and degree of introspection. More than any other book that I have read, this one effectively conveys what it is like to have PTSD … Among the Walking Wounded is a layered and textured account of living with PTSD.
      This book, which at times has a novelistic style to it, is a must read for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the long term effects of PTSD on our wounded war veterans.
      Poignant...gives us insight into the way a PTSD mind works, one incident triggering a memory that triggers an out-of ordinary reaction. A must-read for anyone who suffers from or knows someone suffering from the effects of PTSD.
      A must-read for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the long-term effects of PTSD on our wounded war veterans.
      An extremely intimate memoir, not just of Conrad’s deployment, but of the personal difficulties he experienced after he returned home … incisive [look] at a thorny, frequently misunderstood topic.
      ? A tragedy whose telling here should be required reading for anyone still dismissing the unseen wounds of warriors.
      An inside look at the psychological and moral dilemnas of the Afghanistan war and the ongoing impacts for many veterans, who still face stigma if they are honest about their internal struggles.
      A devastating expose of the failures of the Canadian Forces and VAC to take care of the country’s military personnel.
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    Firing Lines Three Canadian Women Write the First World War Debbie Marshall Canada, Anna Maria Tremonti Canada
    9781459738386 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: February 18, 2017
    $24.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Read between the front lines: The stories of three Canadian female journalists stationed in England and France during the First World War.

      Europe: 1914–18. Mary MacLeod Moore, a writer for Saturday Night Magazine, covered the war’s impact on women, from the munitions factories to the kitchens of London’s tenements. Beatrice Nasmyth, a writer for the Vancouver Province, managed the successful wartime political campaign of Canadian Roberta MacAdams and attended the Versailles Peace Conference as Premier Arthur Sifton’s press secretary. Elizabeth Montizambert was in France during the war and witnessed the suffering of its people first-hand. She was often near the fighting, serving as a canteen worker and writing about her experiences for the Montreal Gazette.

      The reportage from these three women presents an insightful, moving, funny, and compelling body of observations of a devastating conflict, from underrepresented points of view. Firing Lines is based on the letters, articles, and books they wrote, as well as the records of those who knew them. The book offers a fresh perspective on a war that touched nearly every Canadian family and changed our sense of ourselves as a nation.
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      Debbie Marshall is a writer, editor, and playwright with a special interest in women and the First World War. Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Dropped Threads II and in magazines such as The Beaver, as well as other publications. She is the author of Give Your Other Vote to the Sister: A Woman’s Journey into the Great War. She lives in Gabriola Island, British Columbia.
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      A beautiful, well-written tribute to three war correspondents who carved the way for female journalists to follow.
      Marshall’s research pulls back the curtain on an important WW1 story. Firing Lines is a worthy tribute to women who deserve to be remembered.
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    A Boy from Botwood Pte. A.W. Manuel, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 1914-1919 Bryan Davies Canada, Andrew Traficante Canada
    9781459736719 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: January 21, 2017
    $22.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      A proud Newfoundland soldier’s memoir gives unprecedented details of life as a German POW during the First World War.

      I’m going to tell my story. With those words, eighty-three-year-old Arthur Manuel set his remarkable First World War memoir in motion.

      Like many Great War veterans, Manuel had never discussed his wartime life with anyone. Hidden in the Manuel family records until its 2011 discovery by his grandson David Manuel, Arthur’s story is now brought to new life.

      Determined to escape his impoverished rural Newfoundland existence, he enlisted with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in late 1914. His harrowing accounts of life under fire span the Allies’ ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign, the Regiment’s 1916 near-destruction at Beaumont-Hamel, and his 1917 Passchendaele battlefield capture. Manuel’s account of his seventeen-month POW experience, including his nearly successful escape from a German forced labour camp, provides unique, compelling Great War insights.

      Powerful memories undimmed by age shine through Manuel’s lucid prose. His visceral hatred of war, and of the leaders on both sides who permitted such senseless carnage to continue, is ferocious yet tempered by Manuel’s powerful affection for common soldiers like himself, German and Allied alike. This poignant, angry, witty, and provocative account rings true like no other.
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      Bryan Davies is a writer, commentator, and creative works consultant. Author of several hundred articles spanning history, law, sport, and politics, in 2013 he and Andrew Traficante co-founded Tagona Creative, a successful Canadian creative-works incubator. Bryan is also a founding partner with United Front Entertainment, a Canadian film distribution and content development enterprise. Bryan lives in Whitby, Ontario.
      Andrew Traficante teaches high school with the Algoma District School Board in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. He is the author and researcher of an online exhibit exploring the Sault’s industrial heritage for the Virtual Museum of Canada.
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      Along with heaviness, there is wit and wisdom in its pages.
      A fascinating, well-told account of the exigencies of war and his time served as a POW, A Boy from Botwood is a true treasure.
      A compelling and highly recommended true-life war story.
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    Charlie Foxtrot Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada Kim Richard Nossal Canada, Ferry de Kerckhove Canada
    9781459736757 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy On Sale Date: December 10, 2016
    $19.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y A J. Patrick Boyer Book
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      Defence expert Kim Richard Nossal presents a damning indictment of defence procurement in Canada, and shows how to fix it.

      Defence procurement in Canada is a mess. New equipment is desperately needed for the Canadian Armed Forces, but most projects are behind schedule, over budget, or both. Not only has mismanagement cost Canadian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, it has also deprived Canada and the CAF of much-needed military capacity.

      Successive governments — both Liberal and Conservative — have managed the complexities of defence procurement so poorly that it will take years before the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Canadian Army regain the capabilities they need. While new prime ministers invariably come to power promising to fix problems inherited from their predecessors, getting it right has remained frustratingly elusive.

      Charlie Foxtrot offers a fresh take on this important policy issue. It shows why governments have found it so difficult to equip the CAF efficiently, and offers a set of political prescriptions for fixing defence procurement in Canada.
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      Kim Richard Nossal is a professor of political studies at Queen’s University. He is a former editor of International Journal, a former president of the Canadian Political Science Association, and author of a number of works on Canada's foreign and defence policy. From 2006 to 2012, he chaired the academic selection committee of the Security and Defence Forum of the Department of National Defence.
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      Kim Richard Nossal has written a perceptive and invaluable analysis of the “mess” that for too long has characterized the Canadian military procurement process. By focusing on the broader policy and political context he provides insightful explanations for Ottawa’s chronic inability to acquire weapons in a timely and fiscally responsible manner and offers compellingly credible recommendations of what needs to be done to make it right. Charlie Foxtrot should elicit an enthusiastic “Bravo Zulu”, very well done indeed, from those in and out of uniform who are concerned about the future of the Canadian Armed Forces.
      In this superbly researched, well-structured, easy-to-read book, Kim Richard Nossal provides us with a masterful analysis of what has plagued Canadian defence procurement for many decades. Policy makers are well-advised to pay close attention to what he has to say! While one might not necessarily agree with all of his recommendations, there is no argument that Nossal’s timely contribution fills a crucial gap in our collective understanding of an otherwise “messy” defence procurement business and the strains it creates on our under-funded, yet superbly led, Canadian Armed Forces. Definitely a worthwhile read!
      Worth reading to understand how much Canada would benefit if its leaders confounded voters and actually took the high road.
      Throughout Canadian history, the story of defence procurement has more often than not been characterized by massive inefficiency and waste. Exactly why this should be so is rarely looked at outside specialist circles, which makes a brief and very readable book by Queen’s University political scientist Kim Richard Nossal worth noting.
      An engaging and interesting read. It’s insightful and intimate. Nossal is quite knowledgeable about what was going on behind the government curtain during most of the procurement process.
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    Combat Mission Kandahar The Canadian Experience in Afghanistan T. Robert Fowler Canada
    9781459735163 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: August 06, 2016
    $21.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Seven soldiers. Seven military specialties. Seven stories.

      What was it like to serve in the combat mission in Afghanistan? Journalists’ reports from 2006 to 2011 could only give brief glimpses of the reality on the ground for Canadian soldiers. This book reveals the full story of what happened to seven soldiers, ranking from corporal to captain, who were deployed during Operation ATHENA, Phase 2. The operation became known as “the combat mission” as Canadian battle groups engaged in a deadly multi-year war of counter-insurgency in Kandahar province. Each of the seven soldier’s experiences covered in Combat Mission Kandahar highlights a facet of one of Canada’s longest, most complicated, and challenging operations.
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      T. Robert Fowler is the author of several books about the military, including Courage Rewarded and Valour on Juno Beach. His articles on Canadian military history have appeared in The Canadian Army Journal and Canadian Military History, among others. He lives in Nepean, Ontario.
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      Fowler’s combination of open–source research and detailed interviews paint a broader and more granular picture of what different types of soldiers did during Rotations (ROTOs) 1 through 10 of Operation Athena, Phase 2, between 2006 and 2011.
      Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Combat Mission Kandahar: The Canadian Experience in Afghanistan is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to community and academic library Canadian Military History collections.
      exceptionally engaging … Fowler is a consummate writer
      Fowler gives readers an insightful cross-section view of Operation Athena … Through these seven firsthand accounts, Fowler paints portraits of soldiers who were dedicated, loyal, and highly trained, and of whom Canada can be proud.
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    Series: Battle Story
    Passchendaele 1917 Chris McNab
    9781459734173 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: May 21, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      The Battle of Passchendaele has come to epitomize the mud and blood of the First World War.

      Passchendaele is perhaps one of the most iconic campaigns of the First World War, coming to symbolize the mud and blood of the battlefield like no other. Fought for over three months under some of the worst conditions of the war, fighting became bogged down in a quagmire that made it almost impossible for any gains to be made.

      In this Battle Story, Chris McNab seeks to lift the battle out of its controversy and explain what really happened and why. Complete with detailed maps and photographs, as well as fascinating facts and profiles of the leaders, this is the best introduction to this legendary battle.
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      Chris McNab is author of many internationally bestselling books on weapons and warfare. He has written titles in the Battle Story series on Verdun and Cambrai, as well as World War I.
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    No Ordinary Men Special Operations Forces Missions in Afghanistan Colonel Bernd Horn Canada, General T.J. Lawson Canada
    9781459724105 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: February 20, 2016
    $24.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      The first in-depth book that sheds light on Canada’s elite warriors who operate in the shadows.

      In 2001, the Canadian government sent elements of its Joint Task Force 2 counterterrorist unit to Afghanistan to assist the Americans with Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terror. Withdrawn a year later, after a brief hiatus JTF 2 returned to Afghanistan in 2005, beginning a continuous tour of duty for Canadian Special Operation Forces (CANSOF) up to the cessation of Canadian combat operations in 2011. This book reveals six untold special operations that CANSOF personnel undertook in their desperate struggle in the shadows to capture or kill Taliban leaders, facilitators, and bomb-makers, as well as efforts to mentor Afghan National Security Forces from 2005 to 2011. The missions highlight that the nation’s SOF were no ordinary men.
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      Colonel Bernd Horn is a retired Regular Force infantry officer and military educator. Dr. Horn has authored, co-authored, or edited more than forty books, including No Easy Task: Fighting in Afghanistan and No Lack of Courage: Operation Medusa, Afghanistan. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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      a important and valuable contribution to the record of Canada’s military experience in Afghanistan
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    A Most Ungentlemanly Way of War The SOE and the Canadian Connection Colonel Bernd Horn Canada
    9781459732797 Paperback HISTORY / Military Publication Date: January 30, 2016
    $19.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 52 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      An examination of the SOE, its accomplishments, and the Canadian connection to the organization.

      During the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill created the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to conduct acts of sabotage and subversion, and raise secret armies of partisans in German-occupied Europe. With the directive to “set Europe ablaze,” the SOE undertook a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the Nazi Gestapo. An agent’s failure could result in indescribable torture, dispatch to a concentration camp, and, often, a death sentence.

      While the SOE’s contribution to the Allied war effort is still debated, and many of its files remain classified, it was a unique wartime creation that reflected innovation, adventure, and a fanatical devotion on the part of its personnel to the Allied cause.

      The SOE has an important Canadian connection: Canadians were among its operatives and agents behind enemy lines. Camp X, in Whitby, Ontario, was a special training school that trained agents for overseas duty, and an infamous Canadian codenamed “Intrepid” ran SOE operations in the Americas.
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      Colonel Bernd Horn is a retired Canadian Regular Force infantry officer and military educator. Dr. Horn has authored, co-authored, or edited more than forty books, including No Easy Task: Fighting in Afghanistan and No Lack of Courage: Operation Medusa, Afghanistan. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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    The Canadian Honours System 2nd edition Christopher McCreery Canada
    9781459724150 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: November 28, 2015
    $60.00 CAD 7 x 10 x 1 in | 712 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      This updated, full-colour illustrated book recounts the history of Canada’s various national orders, decorations, and medals.

      This expanded and updated edition of The Canadian Honours System surveys the history of Canada’s various orders, decorations, and medals, from New France’s Croix de St. Louis, Britain’s the Order of the Bath, to modern Canadian honours such as the Sacrifice Medal and recently created Polar Medal. Since the establishment of the Order of Canada in 1967, the Canadian honours system has grown to become one of the most comprehensive in the world — with more than 300,000 Canadians having been rewarded over the past fifty years.

      Each honour in the modern Canadian honours system, and its precursor, the British imperial honours system, is examined here in detail, including historical background, design, and criteria for bestowal. With special chapters on heraldry, protocol, and the proper mounting and wearing of medals, The Canadian Honours System is an essential reference for anyone interested in Canadian honours.
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      Christopher McCreery holds a doctorate in Canadian political history from Queen_’s University and is the author of more than ten books. He is private secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History/Canadian War Museum, and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2010 he was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Halifax.
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