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Why Canada Was Unprepared for the Second World War
By (author): Larry D. Rose Foreword by: J.L. Granatstein
9781459710641 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Military / World War II Canada Nov 09, 2013
$28.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in | 530 gr 336 pages 30 B&W illustrations Dundurn

Why was Canada not preparing for the Second World War when the rest of the world was ready to meet Hitler’s threats?

Despite Canada’s active participation in the First World War, which many claimed made Canada a nation, the country was almost defenceless in September 1939 when war was declared again.

Larry D. Rose, a long-time journalist and a military specialist, examines the military’s own failures, the hidden agenda of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, and the divisions within Canada leading up to Canada’s entry into the war. He suggests that the lack of preparedness was directly responsible for two of Canada’s costliest military defeats: the battle of Hong Kong and Dieppe.

Larry D. Rose spent twenty-four years at CTV News. He has worked as producer of CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, and as news director at CTV Kitchener (now CTV Southwest). He has also worked for The Canadian Press and Global News. He lives in Toronto.

No dull collection of dates, statistics and indecisions but rather a painstakingly researched yet highly entertaining description of Canada sleepwalking to World War Two.

- Major-General(Ret'd) Lewis W. MacKenzie, CM,OOnt,MSC and Bar,CD

For those who want to know some intriguing facts of our history and why Canada was completely unprepared for the Second World War, this is a must read. The portrait of King is masterful and Rose’s writing style makes it an excellent read. As a young soldier who enlisted in the first week of the war I wondered why we were so unprepared. Now I know! - George S. MacDonell, Hong Kong Veteran

[Starred Review] The picture Rose paints in the 13 chapters of his book of a Canadian military crippled by governmental foolishness seems oddly familiar to modern eyes; underfunded armed forces and fumbled military acquisitions prove an enduring theme in Canadian history. The author's account is straightforward, well-organized, firmly presented and utterly damning. - Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

Mobilize! is vivid and wonderfully researched. - Blacklock's Reporter

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