RETURN TO FORM: Boyko echoes his narrative approach to Blood and Daring, his bestselling first book with Knopf Canada, in which he tells Canadian-US history through the lens of six ideally situated personalities.
DEVELOPING AUTHOR: Cold Fire saw John’s work garner more prestigious accolades even than Blood and Daring, with excellent reviews and a Dafoe Prize nomination.
RARE AND EXCITING APPROACH TO CANADIAN HISTORY: John is making his name as a historian by telling the little-known stories of how Canada has been deeply but quietly involved in major moments of US history.
TIMING: Publishing just after the 45th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and launching in May, Asian history month and leading in to Father’s Day.
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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