A Soldier First and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 21.94
  • List Price: CDN$ 34.99
  • You Save: CDN$ 13.05 (37%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War Hardcover – Oct 8 2009


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
CDN$ 21.94
CDN$ 19.79 CDN$ 2.17

Join Amazon Student in Canada



Frequently Bought Together

Customers buy this book with An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth CDN$ 16.00

A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War + An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Price For Both: CDN$ 37.94

Show availability and shipping details

  • This item: A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details


Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; Canadian First edition (Oct. 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554684919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554684915
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maurice A. Rhodes on Nov. 21 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A book everyone should read if they are interested in Afghanistan, the Canadian Forces or Rick Hillier himself. He calls accurate shots on the UN, NATO, the Afghan Government and the bureaucrat-diplomats of the ministry of Foreign Affairs or whatever it calls itself now. This book is probably one of the most outspoken and accurate accounts of what Canadians are doing in Afghanistan. Clearly it is a chance for Canadian soldiers to shine as well as die. But they are all volunteers. Even those who disagree with the Canadian role in Afghanistan will rejoice that Canada has finally produced a good leader only to have him retire - and brave soldiers to match his excellent leadership. It is also heart-warming to see a leader who tells his political masters what is really required. He was all about getting the ordinary people of Canada behind the Forces, and hence the approval; of necessary funds to renew all the relevant arms

But one suspects that this Afghanistan experience is also about a meaningful role for the Canadian Forces after years of so-called "peacekeeping" where nothing happens unless it was agreeable to the Security Council members and the states involved (see also Romeo dÁllaire's story par example). Also, remember when Egypt ordered the UN out of their territory just before they got waxed in the 1967 war. Hillier is rightfully disdainful of the UN and NATO after the end of the Cold War
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By Gerry on Feb. 16 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rick wrote from the heart as well as the head. He told it like it happened and did not hide his feeling. He was a great model for the Canadian Armed Forces and showed great leadership skills. It was a page turner for me and I would recommend it to anyone who has served or intends to serve in the armed forces.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By Larry Sales on Jan. 22 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was on the Armoured School Phase III course with Rick. It is interesting to read his thoughts on the military and how training should be conducted, as opposed to the smart asses mess that we went through.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been a leader of employees in business for more than 20 years.
Been very successful, but this reading has made me a more complete leader of people
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By albertacowpoke on Nov. 26 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book moves from General Hillier's early life, his motivation for enrolling in the military and then outlines his military career, establishing his credential.

His depiction of the struggles among departments within the Federal Gouvernment, coupled with the ego of personalities was right on.

His interface with three Ministers of National Defence and two Prime Ministers was well depicted.

Finally his outline, description and decisions on the Afghan conflict will provide Canadians withe the reason we should support these efforts. He constantly reminds us that our sons and daughters are dying there.

This book is required reading for all Canadians, even those that oppose the war in Afghanistan.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Parr on Nov. 21 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have had the opportunity of having known General Rick Hillier when he was the Commanding Officer of The Royal Canadian Dragoons and I was the President of The Royal Canadian Dragoon Association (old guard). Although not being of the Commissioned Officer status when I served, I do know most of the people of whom he speaks of in his book.

His book cuts through all of the always suspected but not really understand beaurocracy hang-ups of Ottawa and its' many pitfalls to expose the underlying reasons for the myriad of problems endured by the Canadian Forces under previous governments and the power hungry civil servants who even todaty, attempt to thwart any change at any level just so they can maintain their privileged positions "at the trough".

It laid bare his true greatness as a Commander, both tactically, and as a caring, compassionate human being.

A great read, and I would highly recommend it.

Thomas Parr
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 16 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Here is an outstanding book on the present state of the Canadian military as seen through the eyes of one of its former leading generals, Rick Hillier. Avoiding the trap of personally attacking former bureaucrats and politicians whom he believes hindered the development of Canada's armed forces in the late 20th century, Hillier, instead, tells his story of his efforts and those of his many colleagues to make it an effective fighting force. His vision, right from when he joined in the early 70s, was one of how to improve the military so that it could better support soldiers in the field and their families at home. What he learned during his many years of service is that he was often working in an organization that was at best timid and risk-averse. When it came time for Ottawa to step out of its Cold War role as peace-keepers and weekend soldiers, those in power decided to retreat rather than advance. It would take a new generation of soldiering and a change in government to reverse that defeatist mentality. What I found really rewarding about this book is Hillier's warm personal side. In his account of things, he sees himself as a leader who easily empathized with the needs of the soldiers under him. As a man of action, Hillier used the influence of his various commands to introduce a new era of modern training and equipment, better living conditions and pay for soldiers, and greater national respect for a force that had been slowly but surely wasting away from neglect. To achieve this last distinction, Hillier and others made sure that the Canadian military was actively engaged in as many national and international crisis as possible given its limited combat capacity.Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Product Images from Customers

Search


Feedback