The attitudes and experiences of the Canadian senior officer cohort were strikingly similar to other Dominion armies during the war: the feuds, jealousies, and occasional hatreds; insufficient capacity to wage war during the early years; and ambivalent relations with the British. J.L. Granatstein’s “360-degree appraisal” – gained from conversations with commanders, subordinates, and staff – creates a riveting portrait. - Jeffrey Grey, author of The War with the Ottoman Empire
Histories of the Second World War Canadian Army have largely been based on personality-driven evaluations, usually by British officers. The Weight of Command will exhilarate readers with the discovery of something new. J.L. Granatstein weaves together interviews with commanders and fighters, as well as behind-the-scenes staff, providing an unparalleled record of the personal memories of those closest to the war. - Stephen Harris, co-editor of Warrior Chiefs: Perspectives on Senior Canadian Military Leaders
The ultimate compliment is to tell someone, “As usual you have nailed it!” That’s what J.L. Granatstein has done in his presentation and analysis of the intimate, often colourful, interviews he conducted with generals and their staff – both the good and not so good – who led Canada’s efforts during the Second World War. - Lewis Mackenzie, Major General (ret’d), Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and author of the bestseller, Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo
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