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    The Devil's Trick How Canada Fought the Vietnam War John Boyko Canada
    9780735278004 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:April 13, 2021
    $32.00 CAD 6.29 x 9.26 x 0.87 in | 0.95 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      More than forty-five years after the fall of Saigon, John Boyko brings to light the little-known story of Canada’s involvement in the American War in Vietnam.

      Through the lens of six remarkable people, some well-known, others obscure, bestselling historian John Boyko recounts Canada’s often-overlooked involvement in that conflict as peacemaker, combatant, and provider of weapons and sanctuary.

      When Brigadier General Sherwood Lett arrived in Vietnam over a decade before American troops, he and the Canadians under his command risked their lives trying to enforce an unstable peace while questioning whether they were merely handmaidens to a new war. As American battleships steamed across the Pacific, Canadian diplomat Blair Seaborn was meeting secretly in Hanoi with North Vietnam’s prime minister; if American leaders accepted his roadmap to peace, those ships could be turned around before war began. Claire Culhane worked in a Canadian hospital in Vietnam and then returned home to implore Canadians to stop supporting what she deemed an immoral war. Joe Erickson was among 30,000 young Americans who changed Canada by evading the draft and heading north; Doug Carey was among 20,000 Canadians who enlisted with the American forces to serve in Vietnam. Rebecca Trinh and her family fled Saigon and joined the waves of desperate Indochinese refugees, thousands of whom forged new lives in Canada.

      Through these wide-ranging and fascinating accounts, Boyko exposes what he calls the Devil’s wiliest trick: convincing leaders that war is desirable, the public that it’s acceptable and combatants that what they are doing and seeing is normal, or at least necessary. In uncovering Canada’s side of the story, he reveals the many secret and forgotten ways that Canada not only fought the war but was shaped by its lessons and lies.


      Story Locale: Vietnam, Toronto, Vancouver
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      JOHN BOYKO is the author of seven previous books, including Cold Fire: Kennedy’s Northern Front, which was shortlisted for the Dafoe Literary Award for non-fiction, and Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation, which was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for its English-to-French translation, Voisins et ennemis. La guerre de Sécession et l’invention du Canada. Boyko is an op-ed contributor to the Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Maclean’s, and more. He also writes entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia.

      He has addressed audiences across Canada and appeared on radio and television discussing his books and various historical and current political issues. The Globe and Mail has called Boyko “a distinguished scholar of Canadian political history” and the Winnipeg Free Press has praised his “encyclopaedic knowledge of Canadian history.”

      Boyko has earned degrees from Trent, Queen’s and McMaster universities, served on and chaired many boards, and been elected to municipal office. He lives in Lakefield, Ontario.


      Author Residence: Lakefield, ON
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      PRAISE FOR THE DEVIL’S TRICK

      “In his trademark style, Boyko delivers another fast-paced narrative, exploring Canada’s contentious and contested involvement in the Vietnam War…. In this revealing book, Boyko lays bare the lies and lessons of a foreign war that bled into Canadian society, and which still remain relevant.” —Tim Cook, author of The Fight for History


      PRAISE FOR COLD FIRE

      “[E]ngaging…. Cold Fire is a well-researched political page-turner featuring penetrating portraits of the key players, behind-the-scenes manoeuvring, and backbiting comments. Boyko also shows, as others have, that in the most anxious days of the Cold War, Canada was one of America’s most trusted allies, yet Canadian leaders could not be pushed around or taken for granted.” —Allan Levine, Maclean’s

      “Boyko’s detail and fluid storytelling make some of what is now ancient history come alive…. This book pumps life into the people and times and is an object lesson for current politicians, diplomats and followers of the news. And it busts myths.” —Allan Bonner, author of Political Conventions, Troy Media

      “Clearly, Boyko has done his homework. Heavily footnoted and brimming with quotes from primary sources (talking both on and off the record), Cold Fire ably recreates the tense and dangerous era of the early 1960s. Conversational accounts offer a compelling fly-on-the-wall viewpoint…. There are also a few bombshells, as well as some refreshingly assertive analysis…. Cold Fire illustrates a crucially important pivot point in Canadian politics—and makes for a great cautionary tale.” —The Georgia Straight
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    The Fight for History 75 Years of Forgetting, Remembering, and Remaking Canada's Second World War Tim Cook Canada
    9780735238336 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:September 08, 2020
    $35.00 CAD 6.28 x 9.27 x 1.5 in | 1.64 lb | 512 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Allen Lane
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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      A masterful telling of the way World War Two has been remembered, forgotten, and remade by Canada over seventy-five years.


      The Second World War shaped modern Canada. It led to the country’s emergence as a middle power on the world stage; the rise of the welfare state; industrialization, urbanization, and population growth. After the war, Canada increasingly turned toward the United States in matters of trade, security, and popular culture, which then sparked a desire to strengthen Canadian nationalism from the threat of American hegemony.

      The Fight for History examines how Canadians framed and reframed the war experience over time. Just as the importance of the battle of Vimy Ridge to Canadians rose, fell, and rose again over a 100-year period, the meaning of Canada’s Second World War followed a similar pattern. But the Second World War’s relevance to Canada led to conflict between veterans and others in society—more so than in the previous war—as well as a more rapid diminishment of its significance.

      By the end of the 20th century, Canada’s experiences in the war were largely framed as a series of disasters. Canadians seemed to want to talk only of the defeats at Hong Kong and Dieppe or the racially driven policy of the forced relocation of Japanese-Canadians. In the history books and media, there was little discussion of Canada’s crucial role in the Battle of the Atlantic, the success of its armies in Italy and other parts of Europe, or the massive contribution of war materials made on the home front. No other victorious nation underwent this bizarre reframing of the war, remaking victories into defeats.

      The Fight for History is about the efforts to restore a more balanced portrait of Canada’s contribution in the global conflict. This is the story of how Canada has talked about the war in the past, how we tried to bury it, and how it was restored. This is the history of a constellation of changing ideas, with many historical twists and turns, and a series of fascinating actors and events.


      Story Locale: Canada, and Europe
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      TIM COOK is the Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. In 2008 he won the J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and again in 2018 for Vimy; Shock Troops won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. In 2013, Cook received the Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

      Author Residence: Ottawa, ON
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      A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      One of The Globe and Mail’s best picks of Fall 2020

      “Cook [is] an indispensable war historian….  By exploring how Canadians arrived, after so long, at new ways of understanding World War II, Cook shows that even the most calcified historical perspectives can ultimately prove pliable. Anyone fighting for a better grasp of history—whether it’s our constitutional roots, our colonial past, or our heroes and villains—should take heart.”
      Maclean’s

      “[Cook] provides some insight into what has been driving this passion for the past and its stories…. [W]hat Cook makes clear is that the fight for history and the shaping of social memory is a process that never stops. Against the forces of apathy and indifference we must push back.”
      Toronto Star

      “…the influential Canadian military historian Tim Cook… has taken up the torch from Jack Granatstein and the late Desmond Morton as a new generation’s pre-eminent voice in the field…. Cook’s many strengths are again evident. He writes fluidly, with a sharp eye for detail and the telling anecdote…His descriptions of the mental challenges that soldiers faced after the war, drawn from letters, are heartbreaking…. After years of neglect, Cook concludes, the Second World War ‘has been waiting for us to return to it.’ As he explains so eloquently, it’s an invitation we need to accept.”
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    The Secret History of Soldiers How Canadians Survived the Great War Tim Cook Canada
    9780735235281 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:October 22, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 5.97 x 8.95 x 1.33 in | 1.28 lb | 480 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Canada
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      There have been thousands of books on the Great War, but most have focused on commanders, battles, strategy, and tactics. Less attention has been paid to the daily lives of the combatants, how they endured the unimaginable conditions of industrial warfare: the rain of shells, bullets, and chemical agents. In The Secret History of Soldiers, Tim Cook, Canada's foremost military historian, examines how those who survived trench warfare on the Western Front found entertainment, solace, relief, and distraction from the relentless slaughter.

      These tales come from the soldiers themselves, mined from the letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral accounts of more than five hundred combatants. Rare examples of trench art, postcards, and even song sheets offer insight into a hidden society that was often irreverent, raunchy, and anti-authoritarian. Believing in supernatural stories was another way soldiers shielded themselves from the horror. While novels and poetry often depict the soldiers of the Great War as mere victims, this new history shows how the soldiers pushed back against the grim war, refusing to be broken in the mincing machine of the Western Front.

      The violence of war is always present, but Cook reveals the gallows humour the soldiers employed to get through it. Over the years, both writers and historians have overlooked this aspect of the men's lives. The fighting at the front was devastating, but behind the battle lines, another layer of life existed, one that included songs, skits, art, and soldier-produced newspapers.

      With his trademark narrative abilities and an unerring eye for the telling human detail, Cook has created another landmark history of Canadian military life as he reveals the secrets of how soldiers survived the carnage of the Western Front.
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      TIM COOK is the Great War historian at the Canadian War museum. His ten books have won numerous awards, including the 2008 J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End, the 2009 RBC Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for Shock Troops, and the 2018 J.W. Dafoe prize for Vimy. He is also a two-time winner of the C.P. Stacey prize for most distinguished book in Canadian military history. In 2013, he received the Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. He is a member of the Order of Canada.
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      A Globe and Mail Bestseller

      “It’s a reminder, an often grim one, that humans are resilient, capable of enduring the most harrowing of experiences.” —The Toronto Star

      “Prof. Cook takes an unprecedented dive into…a rich and little-explored culture that developed among soldiers on the front lines” —Hill Times

      “an insightful and readable narrative…At once heartwarming for the reminders of a simpler time and heartbreaking for the unimaginable losses of a century ago…it will breathe added life into all other Great War books.” —Esprit de Corps

      “Cook has revealed many of the secrets of the Great War’s soldiers’ lives. The veil of secrecy has been lifted and every chapter can be read over and over.” —The Winnipeg Free Press
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    The Making of the October Crisis Canada's Long Nightmare of Terrorism at the Hands of the FLQ D'Arcy Jenish Canada
    9780385663267 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:September 25, 2018
    $35.00 CAD 6.53 x 9.52 x 1.2 in | 1.35 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      A definitive, mind-changing history of the October Crisis and the events leading up to it.

      The first bombs exploded in Montreal in the spring of 1963, and over the next seven years there were hundreds more bombings, many bank robberies, six murders and, in October 1970, the kidnappings of a British diplomat and a Quebec cabinet minister. The perpetrators were members of the Front de libération du Québec, dedicated to establishing a sovereign and socialist Quebec. Half a century on, we should have reached some clear understanding of what led to the October Crisis. Instead, too much attention has been paid to the Crisis and not enough to the years preceding it.

      Most of those who have written about the FLQ have been ardent nationalists, committed sovereigntists or former terrorists. They tell us that the authorities should have negotiated with the kidnappers and contend that Jean Drapeau's administration and the governments of Robert Bourassa and Pierre Trudeau created the October Crisis by invoking the War Measures Act. Using new research and interviews, D'Arcy Jenish tells for the first time the complete story--starting from the spring of 1963. This gripping narrative by a veteran journalist and master storyteller will change forever the way we view this dark chapter in Canadian history.
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      D'ARCY JENISH is the author of Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West and the award-winning Indian Fall: The Last Great Days of the Plains Cree and the Blackfoot Confederacy. His sports histories include The Montreal Canadiens and The NHL.
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      Shortlisted for the 2019 John W. Dafoe Book Prize
      A Hill Times Best Book of 2018


      "In the current age of terrorism, the merit of this thorough, compelling book is the timely way Jenish reminds us of the scale and intensity of this previous cycle of political violence. . . . A veteran of long-form journalism, Jenish knows how to gather tidbits from disparate sources—police reports, coroner inquests, newspaper clippings—and weave them to recreate narrative scenes, crafting a more appealing read for the general public than other works of the same scope." —The Globe and Mail

      "Fascinating, frightening. . . . The Making of the October Crisis is a book that finally gives a complete, well-rounded, factual account of one of the darkest times in modern Canadian history." —Montreal Times

      "In these times of severe hate and violence in the United States, D'Arcy Jenish's The Making of the October Crisis . . . is a stern reminder that we are not immune to domestic terrorism flamed by nationalism. . . . Jenish's talent is in being able to tie all the events of this infamous decade together." —Winnipeg Free Press

      "[D'Arcy Jenish] has written a brisk, well-researched and richly detailed account of the 'two hundred bombings, dozens of bank robberies, six deaths and two kidnappings' that jangled Quebec's nerves from early 1963 until the fateful fall of 1970. . . . For those who have forgotten much of the detail of the October Crisis and its roots, and for those for whom it's undiscovered territory, Jenish has written a must-read guide." —Canada’s History

      "What I found fascinating about this book was it didn't zero in on the events of that October itself. It started 10 years earlier. The author carefully laid out where the unrest came from. I could relate with some of that unrest as an Indigenous person. I could understand some of the fear that francophones were having around their culture and their language. He carefully laid out how the political idealism and the radical break off that led to this October Crisis, the kidnapping of two government officials and the eventual death of a Canadian minister." —Candy Palmater, CBC.ca
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    Operation Medusa The Furious Battle That Saved Afghanistan from the Taliban Major General David Fraser Canada, Brian Hanington, Gen. Lord David Richards
    9780771039300 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:May 08, 2018
    $32.00 CAD 5.7 x 8.54 x 1 in | 0.92 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      From the Canadian in charge of the joint military command in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan, this is the real on-the-ground story of one of NATO's bloodiest, most decisive and misunderstood operations: The battle of Panjwayi, the defining moment of "Operation Medusa."

      In the summer of 2006, David Fraser was the Canadian general in charge of NATO's Regional Command South, a territory spanning six Afghan provinces surrounding the Arghandab Valley. Birthplace of the Taliban decades earlier, this fertile region had since become Afghanistan's most deadly turf. It would soon turn deadlier still. Advised in the night by his intelligence officers that the Taliban had secretly amassed for a full-scale military assault, Fraser knew it would fall to him, his Canadians and their allies to avoid the wholesale slaughter of NATO troops, keep the Taliban from laying siege to Kandahar and restore control of the south of the country to a newly formed, democratic Afghan government.
           The odds were solidy against Fraser's forces. The Taliban knew every millimetre of their own terrain. During the months of secret manoeuvres they had stocked every farmhouse, school, grape hut and tunnel with weapons and ammunition. They had drilled Soviet-era landmines into all of the marijuana and poppy fields, and dug IEDs into every roadway. Protected from detection by corrupt officials, their sophisticated warfare schools had successfully readied an army of zealous fighters to attack and fight to the death. And now their top commanders were poised to launch decisive military operations against freshly arrived troops who had never seen combat.
           The bloodiest battle in NATO's history was about to begin.
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      One of Canada's most decorated generals since World War II, DAVID FRASER was the commander of Operation Medusa in Afghanistan, the largest combat engagement of Canadian armed forces in more than fifty years. His honours and awards include Commander of Military Merit, Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, United States Legion of Honor and Bronze Star(for service in Afghanistan) and awards from the Netherlands, Poland and NATO.

      After a decade at sea in the Navy. BRIAN HANINGTON turned to writing Canadian History. He has published more than a dozen books, lectured in twenty countries and crafted speeches for heads of state, admirals, generals, a knight or two and the Pope.
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      Praise for Operation Medusa:

      “Operation Medusa: The Furious Battle That Saved Afghanistan from the Taliban is extraordinary for what it says (and maybe more for what it doesn't say) about the combat mission that arguably changed the course of a war that claimed the lives of 159 Canadian soldiers and cost billions of Canadian dollars.” —CBC
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    Vimy The Battle and the Legend Tim Cook Canada
    9780735233188 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:March 06, 2018
    $26.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.4 in | 1.33 lb | 528 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Canada
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      A bold new telling of the defining battle of the Great War, and how it came to signify and solidify Canada's national identity.


           Why does Vimy loom so large in Canada's identity--and should it? Tim Cook, Canada's foremost military historian and a Charles Taylor Prize winner, examines the battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 and the way the memory of it has evolved over 100 years. Vimy is unlike any other battle in Canadian history: it has been described as the "birth of the nation." But the meaning of that phrase has never been explored, nor has any writer explained why the battle continues to resonate with Canadians. The Vimy battle that began April 9, 1917, marked the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. 10,600 men were killed or injured over four days--twice the casualty rate of the Dieppe Raid in August 1942.
           Cook has uncovered new material and photographs from official archives and private collections across Canada and from around the world. Many of these resources have never been used before by other historians, writers, or film-makers.
           With the 100th anniversary of Vimy and Canada's celebrations of 150 years of nationhood just past, this new book is about more than a defining battle: it is a story of Canadian identity and memory, by a writer who brings history alive.
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      TIM COOK is a military historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. His books have won numerous awards, including the 2008 J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for Shock Troops. In 2013, he received the Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history and was recently inducted into the Order of Canada.
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      British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018, Long-listed
      Dafoe Book Prize 2018, Winner
      Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction 2018, Short-listed
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      #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
      Winner of the 2018 JW Dafoe Book Prize
      Longlisted for
      British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018
      Runner-up for the 2018 Templer Medal Book Prize


      Praise for Vimy:
      “There is no one better equipped to retell the Vimy story than Cook.” —The Chronicle Herald

      “Through this book, Cook…cements himself as the nation’s premier military historian.”—The Vancouver Sun

      Praise for At the Sharp End:
      "Provides an intimate look at the Canadian men who fought in World War One....An engrossing, moving experience."—The London Free Press

      Praise for Shock Troops:
      "Cook has written what will surely be the definitive history of the Canadian Army in the First World War."—Edmonton Journal

      Praise for The Madman and the Butcher:
      "[A] masterful book."—Maclean's

      "In The Madman and the Butcher, [Cook] tells at least two stories that deserve that overused word "epic"....An emotive writer....He has a playwright's ear for knowing when to let his subjects speak for themselves."—The Globe and Mail
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    A Short History of Canada Seventh Edition Desmond Morton Canada
    9780771060021 Paperback HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:August 29, 2017
    $25.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.24 x 1.1 in | 0.96 lb | 432 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      A fully updated edition of the Canadian classic.

      Most of us know bits and pieces of our history but would like to be more sure of how it all fits together. The trick is to find a history that is so absorbing you will want to read it from beginning to end. With this expanded, seventh edition of A Short History of Canada, readers need look no further.
           Desmond Morton, one of Canada's most highly respected historians, is keenly aware of the ways in which our past informs the present, and in one compact and engrossing volume, he pulls off the remarkable feat of bringing it all together -- from the First Nations before the arrival of the Europeans, to Confederation, to Stephen Harper's prime ministership, to Justin Trudeau's victory in the 2015 election. His acute observations on the Diefenbaker era, the effects of the post-war influx of immigrants, the Trudeau years and the constitutional crisis, the Quebec referendum, the rise of the Canadian Alliance, and Canada under Harper's governance, all provide an invaluable background to understanding the way Canada works today and its direction in years to come.
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      The former director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada in Montreal, Desmond Morton was appointed a professor of history at the University of Toronto in 1969 and became Principal of its Erindale campus. He is the author of thirty-six books on Canada and is a contributor to the CBC, Radio-Canada, the Montreal Gazette, and the Ottawa Citizen. He lives in Montreal. The author lives in Montreal.
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      Praise for A Short History of Canada:
      • "What extends the attractiveness of A Short History of Canada to the general reader is Morton's capacity as a first-rate storyteller." --Toronto Star
      • "Had such a book been available a generation ago, the canard that Canadian history is dull might never have got off the ground." --Montreal Gazette
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    Rise to Greatness, Volume 3: Realm (1949-2017) The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present Conrad Black Canada
    9780771024986 Paperback HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:May 05, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 6 x 12.8 x 1 in | 0.8 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      Colourful, comprehensive, and masterfully written, this is the third and final volume in a major history of our country by one of our most respected thinkers and historians--a book every Canadian should own.


      From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes the definitive history of Canada--a vivid, revelatory account of the people and events that shaped a nation.
           The final of three volumes, spanning from the year 1949-2014, this compelling history challenges our perception of our Canada's role in the world, taking on sweeping themes and recounting the story of Canada's development from colony to dominion to country.
           Black persuasively reveals that while many would argue that Canada was perhaps never predestined for greatness, the opposite is in fact true: the emergence of a magnificent country, against all odds, was a remarkable achievement. Brilliantly conceived, this major new reexamination of our country's history is a riveting tour de force by one of the best writers writing today.
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      CONRAD BLACK is the author of widely acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon. He was for many years the head of the Argus, Hollinger, and Telegraph Newspaper groups. Black is a financier, and a columnist in the National Post, which he founded, and the National Review Online and The Huffington Post. Black served three years in US federal prisons tutoring fellow prisoners for their secondary school matriculations, although all charges against him were eventually abandoned, rejected by jurors, or vacated by the US Supreme Court, and he won the largest libel settlement in Canadian history from his original accusers. He has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001. He lives in Toronto.
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    Rise to Greatness, Volume 2: Dominion (1867-1949) The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present Conrad Black Canada
    9780771012938 Paperback HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:April 04, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 6.1 x 9 x 1.3 in | 1.06 lb | 496 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      Sweeping, ambitious, and revelatory, this is the second volume in a major history of our country by one of our most respected thinkers and historians--a book every Canadian should own.


      From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes the definitive history of Canada--a masterful, groundbreaking account of the people and events that shaped a nation.
           The second of three volumes, spanning from the year 1867-1949, this compelling history challenges our perception of our history and Canada's role in the world, taking on sweeping themes and vividly recounting the story of Canada's development from colony to dominion to country.
           Black persuasively reveals that while many would argue that Canada was perhaps never predestined for greatness, the opposite is in fact true: the emergence of a magnificent country, against all odds, was a remarkable achievement. Brilliantly conceived, this major new reexamination of our country's history is a riveting tour de force by one of the best writers writing today.
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      CONRAD BLACK is the author of widely acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon. He was for many years the head of the Argus, Hollinger, and Telegraph Newspaper groups. Black is a financier, and a columnist in the National Post, which he founded, and the National Review Online and The Huffington Post. Black served three years in US federal prisons tutoring fellow prisoners for their secondary school matriculations, although all charges against him were eventually abandoned, rejected by jurors, or vacated by the US Supreme Court, and he won the largest libel settlement in Canadian history from his original accusers. He has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001. He lives in Toronto.
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    Rise to Greatness, Volume 1: Colony (1000-1867) The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present Conrad Black Canada
    9780771013560 Paperback HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:March 07, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 5.97 x 8.98 x 0.99 in | 0.81 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      Masterful, ambitious, and groundbreaking, this is a major new history of our country by one of our most respected thinkers and historians--a book every Canadian should own.


      From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes the definitive history of Canada--a revealing, groundbreaking account of the people and events that shaped a nation.
           The first of three volumes, spanning from the year 1000 to 1867, and beginning with Canada's first inhabitants and the early explorers, this masterful history challenges our perception of our history and Canada's role in the world, taking on sweeping themes and vividly recounting the story of Canada's development from colony to dominion to country.
           Black persuasively reveals that while many would argue that Canada was perhaps never predestined for greatness, the opposite is in fact true: the emergence of a magnificent country, against all odds, was a remarkable achievement. Brilliantly conceived, this major new reexamination of our country's history is a riveting tour de force by one of the best writers writing today.
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      CONRAD BLACK is the author of widely acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon. He was for many years the head of the Argus, Hollinger, and Telegraph Newspaper groups. Black is a financier, and a columnist in the National Post, which he founded, and the National Review Online and The Huffington Post. Black served three years in US federal prisons tutoring fellow prisoners for their secondary school matriculations, although all charges against him were eventually abandoned, rejected by jurors, or vacated by the US Supreme Court, and he won the largest libel settlement in Canadian history from his original accusers. He has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001. He lives in Toronto. The author lives in Toronto.
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      • "Rise to Greatness traces the political and economic history of Canada over the last four centuries. . . . Black contemplates his home and native land with unabashed pride." --Montreal Gazette

      • ". . . [B]owls the reader along like an adventure story. . . . This book never bores. . . . [T]he élan of a writer at the top of his game, covering his subject with a staggering degree or erudition. . . . The narrative positively sparkles with ironic witticisms and aperçus that make this book as much a work of literature as of history." – Andrew Roberts, National Post

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