Dundurn January 2016 Adult

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    Cracked How Telephone Operators Took on Canada’s Largest Corporation ... And Won Joan M. Roberts Canada
    9781459731721 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History Publication Date: December 19, 2015
    $26.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 1 gr | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      2015 Ontario Historical Society Alison Prentice Award — Winner
      2016 Heritage Toronto Book Award — Nominated


      The story of the Bell Canada union drive and the phone operator strike that brought sweeping reform to women’s workplace rights.

      In the 1970s, Bell Canada was Canada’s largest corporation. It employed thousands of people, including a large number of women who worked as operators and endured very poor pay and working conditions. Joan Roberts, a former operator, tells the story of how she and a group of dedicated labour organizers helped to initiate a campaign to unionize Bell Canada’s operators.

      From the point of view of the workers and the organizers, Roberts tells an important story in Canada’s labour history. The unionization of Bell Canada’s operators was a huge victory for Canada’s working women. The victory at Bell established new standards for women in other so-called “pink-collar” jobs.
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      Joan M. Roberts served as a union organizer for the phone operators at Bell Canada. She later worked as a development consultant for the Labour Council Development Foundation. Currently, she runs a training and consulting practice. She lives in Toronto.
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      Ontario Historical Society Alison Prentice Award 2015, Winner
      Heritage Toronto Book Award 2016, Short-listed
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      Roberts’s book is a timely reminder of the risks and rewards of a truly grassroots, democratic and inclusive House of Labour.
      Roberts is the ideal person to tell this story...Cracked was hard to put down.
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    Great Western Railway of Canada Southern Ontario’s Pioneer Railway David R.P. Guay Canada
    9781459732827 Paperback TRANSPORTATION / Railroads On Sale Date: December 05, 2015
    $22.99 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 520 gr | 248 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      A look back on the brief and spectacular history of Canada’s Great Western Railway.

      This book chronicles the genesis and all-too-brief existence of one of Canada’s greatest early railways, the Great Western Railway of Canada (1853–1882), a major precursor to the Canadian National Rail system.

      Today, the Great Western Railway of Canada is a little-known historic line, overlooked even by many railway aficionados. But it was truly a railway ahead of its time. It was a pioneer in combining land- and water-based transportation, including the introduction of river car-ferries and passenger/freight steamships on the Great Lakes. It made waves of a different kind with its acquisition of the American-owned railway linking Detroit, Grand Haven, and Milwaukee. And its mammoth workshops were industrial monuments in Hamilton and London, Ontario, where inventive geniuses laboured to supply the booming rail trade of southern Ontario.

      It was the ancestor of some of the most heavily used rail lines in all of Canada. This book has been written to do justice to a railway that truly must be considered one of Canada’s trailblazing lines. Amply illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and a thorough historical record of the Great Western Railway’s locomotives and rolling stock, it offers a ride back in time into the vanishing history of early Ontario railroading.
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      David R.P. Guay is a life-long railroadiana collector and the author of Tracks to the Trenches and Hiram Walker's Railroad: The Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway. He began his second career as a writer in 2010, after a thirty-year career in geriatrics. He lives in Savage, Minnesota.
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      those interested in the subject will find this a useful work.
      An in-depth account of how the line came to be.
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    Ukkusiksalik The People's Story David F. Pelly Canada
    9781459729896 Hardcover HISTORY / Native American On Sale Date: January 23, 2016
    $35.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 680 gr | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      The remarkable history of a pocket of the remote Arctic, and the oral testimony from the last Inuit elders to live there.

      A coastal region of rolling tundra just west of Hudson Bay, Ukkusikslaik was established as a national park in 2003. In earlier times this historic region was the principal hunting ground for several Inuit families and was criss-crossed by missionaries, Mounties, and traders. Since the 1980s, Arctic writer and researcher David F. Pelly has been exploring this region on foot and by sea-kayak, and with Inuit friends, while documenting Inuit traditional knowledge of the land. In this book, he presents the stories of Inuit elders and includes historical records to provide a complete history of this extraordinary corner of our northern landscape, Ukkusiksalik.
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      David F. Pelly is an explorer of the North’s cultural landscape and author of several books and articles on the land and its people, including The Old Way North, Sacred Hunt, and Thelon: A River Sanctuary. Much of his writing is based on oral history shared with him by Inuit elders. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his long-standing efforts to preserve Inuit oral history and traditional knowledge. After many years living in the Arctic, he now lives in the woods near Ottawa.

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      In this book, Pelly weaves together stories from Inuit elders with historical accounts to provide the complete history of Ukkusiksalik. The reader sees a new way of seeing the world through the oral traditions of telling stories through the generations for centuries.
      What I take away from this volume...is the rich and layered and often quite stories from the elders, talking to us over the arc of decades about a time that, for all practical purposes, no longer exists in Canada. That these stories, most often passed on by oral traditions have been collected and published is an enormous gift to all of us.
      This book will be very useful for people traveling to Ukkusiksalik National Park (everyone planning a trip there should read it), as well as to students and teachers. It will also appeal to those who enjoy learning about the Arctic and its history.
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    Isandlwana 1879 Edmund Yorke
    9781459734142 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: January 23, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 140 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      The first major encounter between the British Army and Zulu Kingdom, and one of Britain’s greatest military disasters.

      On January 22, 1879, a 20,000-strong Zulu army attacked 1,700 British and colonial forces. The engagement saw primitive weapons of spears and shields clashing with the latest military technology. However, despite being poorly equipped, the numerically superior Zulu force crushed the British troops, killing 1,300 men, while only losing 1,000 of their own warriors. It was a humiliating defeat for the British Army, which had been poorly trained and which had underestimated its enemy.

      The defeat ensured that the British had a renewed respect for their opponents and changed their tactics; rather than fighting in a straight, linear formation, known as the Thin Red Line, they adopted an entrenched system or close order formations.

      The defeat caused much consternation throughout the British Empire, which had assumed that the Zulu were no match for the British Army; thus, the army was greatly reinforced and went on to victory at Rorke’s Drift. Isandlwana puts you at the forefront of the action.
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      Edmund Yorke is senior lecturer in Defense Studies at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and has written and researched extensively on the Zulu War. He was the historical consultant for the History Channel/Discovery Channel television documentary on Rorke’s Drift.
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    Iwo Jima 1945 Andrew Rawson
    9781459734050 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: January 23, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 140 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      One of the bloodiest battles of the war in the Pacific.

      Operation Detachment, the invasion of Iwo Jima, on February 19, 1945, was the first campaign on Japanese soil, and it resulted in some of the fiercest fighting of the Pacific campaign. United States Marines supported by the U.S. Navy and Air Force fought the Japanese both over and underground on the island of volcanic ash, in a battle which was immortalized by the raising of the Stars and Stripes above Mount Suribachi. It was a battle that the Japanese could not win, but they were determined to die trying; of the 18,000-strong garrison, only 200 were taken prisoner. The Americans lost more in the 35-day battle, but at the end they had possession of three airfields in range of the Japanese mainland.

      This book gives a clear, concise account of those dramatic days in 1945, supported by a timeline of events and orders of battle. Over fifty photographs illustrate the events during this momentous battle.
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      Andrew Rawson is a freelance writer who has written eight books for Pen and Sword’s “Battleground Europe” series and another three for its “Images of War” series, covering campaigns from the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, and World War II. He has also written three books for the History Press Handbook series, the British Army Handbook, 1914–1918, the Vietnam War Handbook & the Third Reich Handbook.
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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 | 420 gr | 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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    Dream Factories Why Universities Won't Solve the Youth Jobs Crisis Ken S. Coates Canada, Bill Morrison Canada
    9781459733770 Paperback EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform On Sale Date: May 14, 2016
    $21.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 360 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y TAP Books
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      Two professors look at the mystique around universities and the consequences of “credentialism.”

      For decades, we have promoted the idea that a university degree is a passport to future career success. Ken Coates and Bill Morrison argue that the over-promotion of higher education and university degrees is actually undermining the lives of young people, saddling them with enormous debts, and costing governments huge amounts of money.

      As the young flock to universities in ever-increasing numbers, fewer of them than ever find the elusive “good jobs” that they are pursuing. In fact, many of those jobs no longer exist. We are in the midst of a youth employment crisis that is global in proportion, and we are facing serious misunderstandings about the unfolding career prospects for young adults entering a world of rapid technological change. Ken Coates and Bill Morrison explore the impacts of universities turning out graduates with the wrong skills, and the consequences of vanishing job opportunities.
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      Ken S. Coates is a prolific author whose titles include Canada’s Colonies and Campus Confidential. He is currently a Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. He lives in Saskatoon.

      Bill Morrison was a professor and administrator at universities in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia, and a visiting professor in the United States. Morrison has published fourteen books, twelve of them in collaboration with Ken Coates. He lives in Ladysmith, British Columbia.
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    Written in the Ruins Cape Breton Island’s Second Pre-Columbian Chinese Settlement Paul Chiasson Canada
    9781459733121 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date: January 23, 2016
    $23.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 340 gr | 216 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      2017 Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award — Shortlisted
      Paul Chiasson reveals the possibility that early Chinese settlers landed in Cape Breton long before Europeans.

      From the very beginning of the European Age of Discovery, Cape Breton was considered unusual. The history of the area even includes early references to the island having once been the land of the Chinese. In 1497, at least a century before any attempt at European settlement in the region, the explorer John Cabot had referred to Cape Breton as the “Island of Seven Cities.”

      The indigenous people of the region, the Mi’kmaq, were the only aboriginal people of North America who had a written language when Europeans first arrived. This writing, clothing, and customs also suggested an early Chinese presence.

      In Written in the Ruins, Chiasson investigates the ruins at St. Peters in the southern part of the island, where evidence brought to light supports a theory that could answer all the questions raised by the island’s curious, unresolved history.
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      Paul Chiasson is the author of The Island of Seven Cities: Where the Chinese Settled When They Discovered America, a book that explores the possibility that early Chinese explorers settled in the Cape Dauphin area of Cape Breton years before Columbus made his famous voyage. He lives in Toronto.
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      Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction 2017, Short-listed
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