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Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy
by Terry Copp
  Fields of Fire offers a stunning reversal of accepted military history. Terry Copp challenges and refutes the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was a 'failure': that the allies won only through the use of 'brute force,' and that the Canadian soldiers and commanding officers were essentially incompetent. His detailed and impeccably researched analysis of what actually happened on the battlefield portrays a flexible, innovative army that made a major, and successful, contribution to the defeat of the German forces in just seventy-six days.
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While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World
by Andrew Cohen
  With 9/11 and the international “war on terrorism,” the time has come to ask some hard questions. Should we continue to starve our military, reduce our humanitarian assistance, dilute our diplomacy, and absent ourselves from global intelligence-gathering? Can we expect to sit at the global table by virtue of our economic power without pursuing a foreign policy worthy of our history, geography, and diversity?
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Stone Country: An Unauthorized History of Canada

by George Bowering
With Bowering’s B.C. and Egotists and Autocrats, his bestselling histories of British Columbia and Canada’s prime ministers, George Bowering introduced us to his inimitable brand of narrative history. As carefully researched as any weighty tome, but written with the vigour and immediacy of the best kind of fiction, his retellings of our nation’s past have captivated readers coast to coast. Now, with Stone Country, his subject is our nation as a whole.
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Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy
by Terry Copp
  Fields of Fire offers a stunning reversal of accepted military history. Terry Copp challenges and refutes the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was a 'failure': that the allies won only through the use of 'brute force,' and that the Canadian soldiers and commanding officers were essentially incompetent. His detailed and impeccably researched analysis of what actually happened on the battlefield portrays a flexible, innovative army that made a major, and successful, contribution to the defeat of the German forces in just seventy-six days.
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Whispers of War: The War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt (Dear Canada)

by Kit Pearson
  In Whispers of War, an intelligently written novel intended for middle readers, Kit Pearson creates a compelling and convincing portrait of a young girl caught up in Britain's prolonged feud with France as it came to be played out in North America. Not only does the War of 1812 disrupt Susanna's schooling, but it results in the temporary loss of her best friend and divides loyalties in her own family. Yet the confusion of warfare also opens unexpected doors. Susanna befriends the young ward of Isaac Brock, the famous British general, and in the novel's pivotal scene, she helps buckle on his sword before the Battle of Queenston Heights.
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War of 1812
by Victor Suthren
  It was by far the bloodiest, most dramatic, and longest-running war to take place on Canadian soil. Full of acts of great folly and great courage, and marked by the actions of larger-than-life characters, such as General Isaac Brock and Tecumseh, it left Canadians and Americans with a clearer sense of who they were – or who they were not. It taught the British a lesson on the limits of power, and the Natives on the western frontier lost their last hope of a homeland secure from western expansion.
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The War of 1812: The war that both sides won
by Wesley B Turner
  Tragedy and farce, bravery and cowardice, intelligence and foolishness, sense and non-sense--all these contradictions and more have characterized the War of 1812. The real significance of the series of skirmishes that collectively made up the war between 1812 and 1814 is the enormous impact they have had on Canadian and American views of themselves and each other.
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Niagara, 1814: America invades Canada
by Richard V Barbuto
  "An impressive and important addition to the historical works on the War of 1812. Comprehensive in scope and detailed in its analysis, Barbuto's study is also a sheer pleasure to read and will most certainly become the standard work on the subject."--Timothy D. Johnson, author of Winfield Scott: The Quest for Military Glory
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The Force of Culture: Vincent Massey and Canadian Sovereignty
by Karen A. Finlay
  A misunderstood and sometimes maligned figure, Vincent Massey was one of Canada's most influential cultural policy-makers and art patrons. Best known as Canada's first native-born Governor General, he chaired the landmark Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters, and Sciences that led to the creation of the Canada Council. The Force of Culture examines Massey's notion of culture, its conflicted roots in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Canadian Protestant thought, and Massey's transformation into a champion of culture as a bastion of Canadian sovereignty.
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Fatal Passage: The True Story of John Rae, the Artic Hero Time Forgot
by Ken McGoogan
His accomplishments, which rank supreme over all nineteenth-century Arctic explorations, were worthy of knighthood. But John Rae was denied that honour—and a fair recognition of his discoveries—because he dared to tell the truth about the fate of his predecessor Sir John Franklin. In this impressively researched book, Ken McGoogan vividly narrates the astonishing adventures of the man who completed the search for the Northwest Passage. He also explains Rae’s grisly discoveries about the last days of Franklin and his men—Britain’s most disastrous foray into the treacherous Arctic—and the consequences to Rae’s own reputation.
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Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition
by Scott Cookman
  It has been called the greatest disaster in the history of polar exploration. Led by Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, two state-of-the-art ships and 128 hand-picked men sailed from Greenland on July 12, 1845, in search of the elusive Northwest Passage. Fourteen days later, they were spotted for the last time in Baffin Bay. What happened to these ships has remained one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of exploration. Drawing upon original research, Scott Cookman vividly reconstructs the voyage and presents a terrifying new explanation for what triggered the deaths of Franklin and all 128 of his men. This is a remarkable debut by an author who has woven a shocking tale of true-life suspense and intrigue.
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A Short History of Canada

by Desmond Morton
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Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West
by D’arcy Jenish
  Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of David Thompson, is set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries against a broad canvas of dramatic rivalries -- between the United States and British North America, between the Hudson’s Bay Company and its Montreal-based rival, the North West Co., and between the various First Nations thrown into disarray by the advent of guns, horses and alcohol.
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First Across the Continent: Sir Alexander MacKenzie
by Barry Gough
  The first white man to cross North America, Scottish-born Alexander Mackenzie (1764-1820) was typical of his generation of explorers: this bold adventurer who surveyed the untamed wilderness with impressive accuracy was also a hardheaded businessman who ventured into unknown Canadian territory in search of profits from fur trading. Canadian historian Barry Gough admires Mackenzie's toughness and daring without glossing over the towering ego and knack for self-promotion that won him a knighthood (Amazon.com).
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Naming Canada: Stories about Canadian place names
by Alan Rayburn
  This wonderful collection of 76 essays explores the fascinating origin and meaning of the names of some of the towns, villages, cities, islands, mountains, and rivers that make up one of the world's largest countries. This new edition includes fifteen more essays, and updates the previous essays to include changes, corrections and new names to the year 2000.
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