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The Book of War Letters
100 Years of Private Canadian Correspondence
By (author): Paul Grescoe By (author): Audrey Grescoe
9780771035579 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / General Apr 19, 2005
$24.99 CAD
Active 6 x 8.9 x 1.1 in | 1.35 lb 464 pages 7 B&W THROUGHOUT McClelland & Stewart
The second volume in a 3-book series

Duress – the extreme experience war produces – brings out the most remarkable human qualities, and letters written in wartime contain some of the most intense emotion imaginable. This anthology includes letters that date as far back as the Boer War (which began in 1899) and extend up to 2002, when Canadian peacekeepers served in Afghanistan. Between are letters from the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and a number of peacekeeping missions. It contains some of the most powerful writing that Canadians – whether reassuring loved ones, recounting the bitter reality of battle, or describing the appalling conditions of combat–have ever committed to the page.

The letters Canadians have written during wartime are proud and self-deprecating, stoic and complaining, brave and fearful, tender and violent, funny and poignant. The Book of War Letters tells us something about what it means to be Canadian, and what it means to be alive.

Paul Grescoe has contributed to most of the major Canadian magazines and has also written books, including detective novels and The Merchants of Venus, about the Harlequin publishing empire. They live on Bowen Island, near Vancouver, B.C.
 
Audrey Grescoe has been a freelance journalist and a newspaper and magazine editor; more recently she has written books on travel and nature.

“The letters chosen by the Grescoes are usually brief, ordinarily simple, but almost always extraordinarily powerful.… They are wonderful, a testimony to the Canadian spirit in the most difficult of times and circumstances.”
Globe and Mail

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