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Par J. L Granatstein. 1993
Granatstein's study of life at the top during the Second World War centres on the most senior ranks in the…Canadian Army. Men like Andrew McNaughton, Harold Crerar, Thomas Burns and Guy Simonds had not only to win military campaigns, but also command the sympathies of bureaucrats and powerful politicians. None, however, forgot they were fighting a war, and that their decisions directly affected the lives of Canadian soldiers. 1993.
Par Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov. 1987
The 19th century Russian author's account of an 1852-1853 journey from St. Petersburg around the Cape of Good Hope, up…to Japan on the frigate "Pallada", concluding with an overland trek across Siberia. c1987. Uniform title: Fregat "Pallada".
Par Yadi Sharifirad. 2010
Sharifirad was shot down in the Iraqi-Iranian war in the early 1990s, saved by a group of local Kurds, and…eventually returned to Iran where he became a national hero. The Ayatollah sent him to Pakistan as military attaché, but when he returned to Teheran, he was accused of being a CIA spy and was imprisoned, interrogated, and tortured. Upon his release, despite constant surveillance, he resolved to smuggle his family out of the country. Some descriptions of sex and violence, some strong language. 2010.
Par C. J Chivers. 2018
Almost 2.5 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers has reported from both…fronts from the beginning, walking side by side with combatants for more than a dozen years. He describes the experience of war today as it is endured by those most at risk-the camaraderie and profound sense of purpose, alongside courage, frustration, and moral confusion mixed with technical precision. In these remote places where the reason for their presence is sometimes not clear, these young men kill or are killed, facing palpable and often constant threat of ambush or hidden bombs. They repeatedly return, rushing toward danger, often to rescue the wounded in wars that escalate around them as the Pentagon changes doctrines and plans. Weaving a history of the war through troops' experiences, the characters in The Fighters climb into an F-14 cockpit for the opening strikes after the attacks of 9/11, hunt for Osama bin Laden along the Pakistani border, chase insurgent rocket teams with helicopters alongside American bases, face snipers in a hostile city in Anbar Province in Iraq, and engage in deadly counterguerilla warfare in the soaring mountains of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Some suffer terribly. All are changed. They return home, uncertain of their place in the world and what their wars have achieved. 2018.
Par Brian J Harvey. 2008
A biologist searches for a solution that will save many fish species from life-threatening dams. His adventures take him from…a fisheries patrol boat on the Fraser River to the great Tsukiji fish market in Japan, with stops in the Philippines, Thailand, and assorted South American countries. Portrays fishermen, fish farmers, and even fish cops in a new light, as well as scientists, shysters, and some very drunk, hairy Brazilian men in thongs. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2008.
Par Sean Rossiter. 2002
From the dawn of aviation, Canada has produced intrepid pilots of renown. Learning their craft in some of the most…difficult conditions anywhere, many of these flyers became expert pilots, navigators and mechanics. These great Canadians pilots were among the highest-scoring Allied aces of both world wars. 2002.
Par Otto Dietrich. 2010
When Otto Dietrich was invited in 1933 to become Adolf Hitler's press chief, he accepted with the simple uncritical conviction…that Adolf Hitler was a great man, dedicated to promoting peace and welfare for the German people. At the end of the war, imprisoned and disillusioned, Otto Dietrich sat down to write what he had seen and heard in twelve years of the closest association with Hitler. c2010. Uniform title: 12 Jahre mit Hitler.
Par Jerry Kobalenko. 2002
Ellesmere Island lays a mere 450 miles from the North Pole and has the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere…east of the Rockies. For more than a decade, Kobalenko has traced the routes of explorers and Inuits, and broken many new trails across the frozen terrain of Ellesmere Island. He investigates the motives and mistakes of the island's first explorers, searches for clues to the mysterious disappearance of scientist-explorer Dr. Hans Kruger and the murder of an Inuit guide. 2002.
Par Peter Levi. 1981
Greece as seen through the eyes of a sensitive traveller - English classicist, archaeologist, and former Jesuit priest, whose poetic…observations about the land and its people are interspersed with personal narrative. c1981.
Par Paul Theroux. 1992
Renowned travel writer Theroux embarks on an exotic exploration of the Pacific Islands. From New Zealand to Hawaii, with stops…in New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa and others, he explores the lush landscapes, encounters unique wildlife, and lives among the fascinating peoples who have made Oceania their home. c1992.
Par Ted Simon. 1997
The author recounts his 1500 mile journey, much of it on foot, through Eastern Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania,…making personal connections with people in the turbulent region, and learning more about himself and his parents who had escaped from there years before. 1997.
Par Tom Brokaw. 1998
Recalling his coverage of the fortieth anniversary of D-Day in 1984, reporter Brokaw describes World War II veterans as "the…greatest generation any society has produced." Profiles individuals who sacrificed for their country, including Thomas Broderick--who founded the Blinded Veterans Association--and businessman Bob Bush, who lost an eye in a heroic rescue mission. Bestseller. 1998.
Par Lawrence Hill, Joshua Key. 2007
2002. Author Key enlisted in the U.S. Army to learn a trade and provide for his family, and was assured…that he would never see combat. Instead, he was sent to Iraq to hunt for terrorists, a mission that involved beating civilians, kidnapping, and destroying homes and families. While on a two-week furlough, Key decided he couldn't go back to Iraq, and took his family to Canada. 2007.
Par Hans Werner. 2013
A unique account of a life shaped by Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and war. John Werner was a survivor. Born…in the Soviet Union just after the Bolshevik Revolution, he was named Hans and grew up in a German-speaking Mennonite community in Siberia. As a young man in Stalinist Russia, he became Ivan and fought as a Red Army soldier in the Second World War. Captured by Germans, he was resettled in occupied Poland where he became Johann, was naturalized and drafted into Hitler’s German army where he served until captured and placed in an American POW camp. Eventually he was released and immigrated to Canada, where he became John. 2013.
Par Charles Wilkins. 1998
The author travelled over three-thousand kilometres in Canada in order to get the inside story on life with a travelling…circus. He vividly describes the seductive freedoms and horrific risks of traditional circus life. He also shares the lives of the circus performers and their motivations for becoming a member of a travelling troupe. 1998.
Par Jeffry V Brock. 1981
Par David Chandler. 1993
This volume covers every battle and campaign that Napoleon personally ever conducted. The author has made it possible to view…the whole of Napoleon's military career and to assess the characteristics which brought him years of victory and ultimate defeat. 1993. If you request this book on CD it will be on 2 or more CDs. You must play the first CD to the end before playing the next CD.
Par Eric Newby. 1978
The author made the 6,000 mile journey from Moscow to the Pacific, on the Trans-Siberian railway in 1977. He was…accompanied by a Slovene (his wife), a German (photographer) and the official Russian guide. The result is a very individual travel book. 1978.
Par Wesley B Turner. 2011
A biography of Major General Sir Isaac Brock, describing his life, career, and legacy, particularly in the Canadas, and the…context within which he lived. An unlikely hero of the War of 1812, he was admired by his American foes almost as much as by his own people. Even more striking was how a British general whose military role in that two-and-a-half-year war lasted less than five months became its best known hero, and one revered far and wide. 2011.
Par John L Ransom. 1988
Ransom was 20 when he was captured and made prisoner of war in 1863 at Andersonville, Georgia. In prison, he…was surrounded by death, disease and cruelty, but he survived to write this true account. 1988.