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    Amazing Airmen Canadian Flyers in the Second World War Ian Darling Canada
    9781554884247 Paperback HISTORY / Military Publication Date: September 07, 2009
    $24.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.63 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Canadian and British airmen engaged in fierce and deadly battles in the skies over Europe during the Second World War. Those who survived often had to overcome incredible obstacles to do so — dodging bullets and German troops, escaping from burning planes and enduring forced marches if they became prisoners.

      In one story, a tail gunner from Montreal survived despite being unconscious when blown out of his bomber. Another story describes how the crew of a navigator from Ottawa used chewing gum to fill holes in their aircraft. And another tells how a pilot from northern Ontario parachuted out of his plane and became the target of a German machine-gunner, but within hours 120 Germans surrendered to him.

      These painstakingly researched stories will enable you to feel what now-aging veterans endured when they were young men in the air war against Nazi Germany.

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      Ian Darling comes from an air force family. His father, as well as his two uncles, served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Darling is the author of Go Ask Dad and is the editorial writer at The Record. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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      Darling writes in crisp prose with a minimum of embellishment, a matter-of-fast style that one imagines would appeal to his subjects.


      An engrossing and very readable collection of nineteen stories on the bravery and trauma young Canadian airmen faced in World War II Amazing Airmen is an excellent and valuable addition to any library and is highly recommended.


      This well researched volume presents nineteen stories of airmen…Their tales are told with clarity, energy, sympathy and even humour. A worthy addition to the growing Canadian library of published wartime experiences.
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    Amiens Dawn of Victory James McWilliams Canada, R. James Steel Canada
    9781550023428 Paperback HISTORY / Military Publication Date: September 01, 2001
    $22.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.4 in | 250 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      It was the decisive battle of World War I. German commander Erich Ludendorff called it "the black day of the German army." Many authors have stated that it was the beginning of the end of the great conflict. And yet, until now, no book has been published on the climactic battle at Amiens.

      Amiens was one of the first "modern" battles, and certainly the first attempted by the Allies. Employing the troops of five nations (including Canada) and utilizing secrecy, deception, and combined operations, the Allies won the first of a string of victories culminating in the Armistice one hundred days later. Amiens: Dawn of Victory is the first book to study the historic battle in minute detail. Using eyewitness accounts from dozens of survivors, plus many accounts, both published and unpublished, by the participants, the authors take us into the trenches, the tanks, and the cockpits.
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      James McWilliams and R. James Steel are avid military historians. They have collaborated on two previous books on World War I: The Suicide Battalion (1978, 1990) and Gas! The Battle for Ypres, 1915 (1989) - as well as a unit history - The Battery (1996). R. James Steel is also the author of The Men Who Marched Away: Canada's Infantry in World War I, 1914-1918 (1989).

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      "This clear-minded account of the days leading up to that sequel is overdue and welcome."


      "... carefully researched and appealingly written." "In bringing this important battle to light, McWilliams and Steel also do us the great service of providing a reminder that thereare many other battles of Canada's Great War that await their own historian."


      "McWilliams and Steel have done a magnificent research effort as they go into great detail into the planning, attack and movement of the battle, liberally interspersed with comments from the participants."

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    An Unstoppable Force The Scottish Exodus to Canada Lucille H. Campey Canada
    9781550028119 Paperback HISTORY / Europe Publication Date: May 06, 2008
    $27.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Canadian Rights: Y Natural Heritage
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      This book provides the first exhaustive study of the great Scottish exodus to Canada written in modern times. Using wide-ranging sources, some previously untapped, Lucille Campey examines the driving forces behind the Scottish exodus and traces the remarkable progress of Scottish colonizers across Canada. Mythology and truth are considered side by side as their story unfolds. Scots had a profound impact on Canada and shaped the course of its history. This book is essential reading for those who wish to understand why they came and the enormity of their achievements in Canada.

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      Born in Ottawa, Lucille Campey now lives near Salisbury, England. Her father's pride in his Scottish roots stimulated her interest in Scottish emigration to Canada. A graduate of Ottawa University, she later acquired a Doctorate from Aberdeen University for her studies of emigration history. She has written seven books thus far on the Scottish exodus to Canada.

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      In the course of her investigation, Campey has left no stone unturned, often drawing from primary sources, such as ships' passenger lists and diaries, newspaper articles, customs and shipping records, clergy reports and genealogical society transcriptions of tombstones to prove her points.


      Essential reading


      ...a vivid history lesson...the book is a precise telling of the Scottish influence on Canadian life.


      ... exhaustively researched ...


      An Unstoppable Force is well written and produced, with good maps and many illustrations integrated into the text. It will interest everyone wishing to understand the place of the Scots in Nova Scotian and Canadian history.

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    Art and Politics The History of the National Arts Centre Sarah Jennings Canada
    9781550028867 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada Publication Date: April 15, 2009
    $50.00 CAD 7 x 10 x 1.25 in | 426 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Short-listed for the Ottawa Book Awards, 2010

      This is the story of the creation and first four decades of one of Canada’s pre-eminent cultural organizations. While it documents the history of Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, it also tells the story of the arts in Canada from the 1960s to 2006. The story breaks down into three parts: the years of creation and early growth, fuelled by the talent and resources generated by Canada’s 1967 Centennial celebration; the turbulent middle years, marked by a dearth of funds and political disinterest; and finally the "renaissance," when the decision is made to restore and recast the organization to provide continuing benefit to the performing arts in Canada’s capital and the country at large.

      Written in a documentary style, moving from episode to episode, the story is enriched by the personal memories of those who participated in it, including the leading artists, managers, officials, and politicians who were involved.

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      Sarah Jennings is a journalist whose work has been featured on the CBC and BBC, and in The Globe and Mail, the National and Financial Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She was a lecturer at Carleton Univerisy's School of Journalism until 2005. She lives in Ottawa.

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      Ottawa Book Awards 2010, Short-listed
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      "... absorbing narrative of the fight to create the NAC ... Jennings' NAC story is a remarkable achievement of narrative about plotting, skullduggery and characters that could easily have just been a conventional institutional history."

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    Battlefields of Canada Mary Beacock Fryer Canada
    9781550020076 Paperback HISTORY / Military Publication Date: September 01, 1986
    $18.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.4 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Battlefields of Canada encompasses nearly 300 years of history and features sixteen of the most significant Canadian battles as well as some of the most comic or bizarre. Profusely illustrated with sketches, photographs, and detailed maps, each chapter sets the context of the battle in terms of the struggle of which it was part, and then describes the hour-by-hour events. A brief conclusion to each chapter assesses the consequences for the victors and losers, assigning its place in Canadian history. A chronology provides a comprehensive list of every Canadian battle since the early 1600s.

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      Mary Beacock Fryer is a well-known expert on Upper Canadian history. She has written a trilogy on the Simcoe family: Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe: A Biography, Our Young Soldier: Lieutenant Francis Simcoe, 6 June 1791-6 April 1812, and John Graves Simcoe: 1752-1806, A Biography. Among Fryer's other books are Escape, Beginning Again, and Buckskin Pimpernel.

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      "Fryer does a womanlike job of describing the battles and the period illustrations and maps greatly add to the useful volume."

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    Bomb Girls Trading Aprons for Ammo Barbara Dickson Canada
    9781459731165 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: October 03, 2015
    $26.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      2016 Speaker's Book Award — Shortlisted
      2016 Heritage Toronto Book Award — Nominated

      An account of the women working in high-security, dangerous conditions making bombs in Toronto during the Second World War.

      What was it like to work in a Canadian Second World War munitions factory? What were working conditions like? Did anyone die? Just how closely did female employees embody the image of “Rosie the Riveter” so popularly advertised to promote factory work in war propaganda posters? How closely does the recent TV show, Bomb Girls, resemble the actual historical record of the day-to-day lives of bomb-making employees?

      Bomb Girls delivers a dramatic, personal, and detailed review of Canada’s largest fuse-filling munitions factory, situated in Scarborough, Ontario. First-hand accounts, technical records, photographic evidence, business documentation, and site maps all come together to offer a rare, complete account into the lives of over twenty-one thousand brave men and women who risked their lives daily while handling high explosives in a dedicated effort to help win the war.
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      Barbara Dickson is a sought-after motivational public speaker, local historian, and writer of fiction and periodical pieces. She lives in Scarborough, Ontario.
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      Heritage Toronto Book Award 2016, Short-listed
      Speaker's Book Award 2016, Short-listed
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    9781550025477 Paperback HISTORY / Military Publication Date: May 01, 2005
    $29.99 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.6 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940 marked the beginning of five years of terror for the Dutch people. They faced oppression and death with remarkable stoicism, but nothing could save them from the Hunger Winter of 1944-5, when more than 30,000 people died of starvation.

      In this time of unimaginable despair, Canada came to the rescue, playing the largest role in liberating the Netherlands and ending the Nazi reign of terror. The Canadians gave the Dutch freedom - and food - and out of such dark times an eternal friendship was forged.

      Told through interviews with Dutch survivors and Canadian veterans, Canada and the Liberation of the Netherlands, May 1945 delves into this little known chapter of history.

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      Lance Goddard has worked in television for nearly 20 years. His first book, D-Day: Juno Beach, Canada's 24 Hours of Destiny, accompanied the TV documentary of the same name, which he also produced, became an instant bestseller.

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      As a record of their collective achievement, Goddard's book is a success. But there is a deeper and more important story for the reader here: war is a dirty and miserable, lonely, and even tedious business from which no one escapes unharmed. To survive war means that one has witnessed misery and death firsthand, and it is impossible to follow the path of this book as it unwinds from Normandy to VE Day and not be moved by the accounts of soldiers and civilians whom fate united on May 5. Copiously illustrated, the text alternates gracefully and compellingly between first-person interviews with Dutch civilians and Canadian servicemen. Goddard links the accounts with a succinct and admirably compact historical narrative that manages to convey broad strategies but keeps the momentum intact. On occasion he slips into sentimentality or trite observation ("The war was truly a team effort"). These occasional stumbles seem trivial overall in what is a graphically stunning account. Young people especially will find this book a valuable introduction to an important chapter in Canadian and world history. "It seemed no one was interested," writes veteran John Drummond upon his return to Canada. "No one asked questions, what it was like. It was just like when you come home, okay, get on with your life." We must do honour to those who did so much and asked for so very little in return. This book may be a beginning. - Jonathan Schmidt, Quill and Quire, June 2005
      "Gripping accounts of the fighting are finely balanced by the stories of the men, women, and children who lived through it, their stories enhanced by a remarkable collection of period photographs and excellent maps." Highly recommended. - Bill Twatio, Esprit de Corps, May 2005

      "... highly recommended to those interested in the personal stories of participants and eye-witness non-combatants ... Goddard's book also offers an excellent insight into the problems encountered by a liberating army once the fighting has stopped."


      "... the short bursts of 'voce/over' commentary followed by first-person interviews move the story along at a brisk pace ... his filmmaking background helps bring all the elements together in a highly informative and spellbinding manner."

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    Canada in Afghanistan The War So Far Peter Pigott Canada
    9781550026740 Hardcover HISTORY / Military Publication Date: February 28, 2007
    $35.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      It has been said that Canada is a country with too much geography and too little history. Afghanistan has too much of both. As the war escalates in Afghanistan, more Canadians are asking what we are doing there. For a country that has specialized in peacekeeping, this war is a shock one that we have not yet comprehended. As the casualties mount, Canadians will want to know why we are there.

      Canada in Afghanistan introduces readers to Afghans and their culture, gives historical background from our involvement since 9/11, and covers operations casualties and the results. Also included is an examination of a new strategic experiment the provincial reconstruction team and the technological advances used in this war. Cautionary predictions conclude the book. Canada in Afghanistan is an introduction to what is happening in Afghanistan and what we can expect through 2009.

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      With Canada in Afghanistan, well-known aviation author Peter Pigott has changed literary gears. Embedded with Canadian Forces in Kandahar, Pigott traces Afghanistan's ancient history to present-day media sound bites, meticulously incorporating Canadian involvement in the three Ds: defence, development, and diplomacy. Pigott lives in Ottawa.

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    Canada's Big House The Dark History of the Kingston Penitentiary Peter H. Hennessy Canada
    9781550023305 Paperback HISTORY / Social History Publication Date: October 01, 1999
    $22.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.4 in | 248 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      A report in 1833 by a committee of three respected Kingston colonials called for the construction of a limestone penitentiary on Hatter’s Bay to the west of the town. Their report contained these words of advice for its future governors: "…[shall] be a place by every means not cruel and not affecting the health of the offender, [but] shall be rendered so irksome and so terrible that during his lifetime he may dread nothing so much as a repetition of the punishment…" The obvious contradiction within this historical mandate of Canada’s Big House has bedevilled the entire history of the jail. Its original high moral purpose - penitence through silent reflection - drifted away into the foggy realm of official myth almost as soon as the first convicts arrived in 1835.

      This semi-documentary study of the Kingston Penitentiary by a local writer and historian lays bare in cool prose the rapid descent from puritanical purpose to merely punitive management. For the first 75 years, repression was accepted as the norm, even applauded, by the local citizens, some of the inmates, and the political establishment. Over the last hundred years, repressive practices at Kingston Peneitentiary have been publicized, analyzed, and increasingly denounced. In the outcome, the Big House at Kingston has become almost unmanageable. What to do with it? The question still hangs in the air.

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      Peter H. Hennessy is a retired educator - teacher of high school history and, latterly, professor of education at Queen's University in Kingston. While principal of the Port Arthur Collegiate (Thunder Bay) in the 1960s, he developed the fixed idea that schools are comparable with prisons, mental institutions, and homes for the aged. They are all designed, he believes, to shape humans into semi-dependent beings for the convenience of society. That is the animating philosophy of his book.

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      "The author puts a human face to much of this when he relates the stories of four of the inmates."
      "(Hennessey) expresses the hope that this book will be a useful contribution he has done an admirable job."
      "A detailed and fascinating human history of one of Kingston's most imposing landmarks."
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    Destined to Survive A Dieppe Veteran's Story Jack A. Poolton Canada, Jayne Turvey Poolton Canada
    9781550023114 Paperback HISTORY / Military Publication Date: October 01, 1998
    $22.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.3 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Private Jack Poolton was among the Canadians landing at the disastrous raid on Dieppe. Fortunate to have survived, Jack was taken to a prisoner of war camp in Germany. In Destined to Survive: A Dieppe Veteran’s Story, Jack Poolton relates the story of his training, capture, and experiences in the POW camp. We follow Jack’s three escape attempts, and his subsequent punishment. And we share his elation when Jack and his fellow prisoners are liberated by American soldiers.

      Poolton and the other POWs never lost their desire to escape. Throughout the ordeal, Jack dreamed of one day celebrating the end of the war, and an allied victory. He eventually celebrated V-E Day in England.

      Written as a tribute to the fifty-fifth anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, Destined to Survive is an extraordinary contribution to Canadian military history. Poolton’s honest prose reveals the emotions of a man devoted to King and country, and determined to survive at all costs. The gripping account brings the reader to a new understanding about soldiers, prisoners, and war.

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      Jack A. Poolton was a private in the Canadian Second Division, D Company, in World War II. After the war he worked as a mechanic until retirement at age 65. He and his wife, Colette, have three children and nine grandchildren.

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