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Tested mettle: Canada's peacekeepers at war [Hardcover]

Scott Taylor
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Book Description

1998
The untold story of the Canadian Army's fight for survival on two fronts: the volatile bullet-riddled war zones of the world and the equally treacherous political battleground here at home.

Tested Mettle takes over where the controversial bestseller "Tarnished Brass" left off. "Esprit de Corps" magazine publisher, Scott Taylor, and veteran journalist, Brian Nolan, document the heroic story of Canada's UN peacekeepers serving in war-ravaged former Yugoslavia and around the world.

The authors recount the dangerous physical obstacles these soldiers face each day and the psychological torment they experience, leaving many of them scarred for life.

Readers will be shocked to learn of the deprivations and daily hardships faced by the troops, who frequently are sent to dangerous foreign fields with obsolete and outdated equipment. The top brass, meanwhile, has wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars on their own lavish farewell parties and personal aggrandizement. Taylor and Nolan also expose the workings of the elite and secretive Joint Task Force II, whose mysterious and Rambo-like assignments are known only to the highest orders of government and the high command.

Tested Mettle will leave Canadians proud of their courageous peacemakers and outraged by a corrupt Defence Department.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Esprit de Corps Publications; First Edition edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1895896088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895896084
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tested Mettle Feb. 18 2010
Excellent book. I had no idea that the Canadian military tried tried to cover up this to our own people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful work of military journalism! Nov. 1 2001
By Arnold Pearce - Published on Amazon.com
Taylor and Nolan are to be commended for their extensive research and fine writing. As a former peacekeeper who served on two of the tours that Tested Mettle covers, I must say that these authors were able to capture the essence of what me and "the boys" went through. What I found truly shocking was their revelations about the senior level corruption and the lack of compassion for those soldiers who were wounded. I had always thought that my friend's case was an isolated issue of neglect, but now I realize that there was widespread systemic rot at "Fort Fumble on the Rideau" (NDHQ).
This book should be a "must read" for every citizen in Canada,-especially now that we are once again sending off our troops to War. Unless people realize how corrupted the system (not to mention the Officer corps) has become, there is little hope that things will improve in the rank and file. I had heard about this book years ago, but I felt that having "been there", it would not be of interest. I really wish now that I'd read it when it first came out!
I have already started reading Taylor and Nolan's first book,-Tarnished Brass:Crime and Corruption in the Canadian Military, and it is even more shocking and revealing.
These books are a must-read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tested Mettle, Tested Well Aug. 30 2000
By Alex Greer - Published on Amazon.com
I am a serving member of the Canadian Forces, and although I have not been on peacekeeping missions (I'm navy) I have heard many first-hand stories from army friends about the kind of experiences in the former Yugoslavia which Scott Taylor and Brian Nolan document. As with their ealier "Tarnished Brass" Taylor and Nolan have again done the public a service by documenting the sacrifice and heorism of the average Johnny Canuck soldier, and again have exposed the virtual criminal neglect of the rank and file's welfare. The only problem I have is with some of the recommendations in the last chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening look at the Canadian government June 14 2001
By Jordon Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
The book is an amazing job of journalism and writing but what really jumped out at me is the commentary on the Canadian government and people.
The book was tell written and tells several stories of heroism and tragedy that never made it into the Canadian mainline media reports.
It gives a view of our troops that until recently was not heard of and opened a lot of viewers eyes to what has been happening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to the troops Aug. 1 2003
By Kevin Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Having spent years detesting Scott Taylor for his constant media attacks against the military, I finally picked up a copy of Tarnished Brass, and changed my mind. After reading that expose about top level corruption, I rushed out to buy the second book which Taylor and Nolan co-authored. Tested Mettle is the long overdue tribute to our long suffering troops....of which I was one. Few Canadians heard the details about the so-called peacekeeping missions which we were sent on. However, in this book Taylor & Nolan bring it all together, and still manage to hammer away at the politicians and the brass for their failure to provide proper support.
Any soldier still serving should pick up both these titles. Although I still can't stand the smarmy sight of Taylor on the television....I hope that he & Nolan are working on a new book soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well researched and written............a must read June 26 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As a former peacekeeper myself I can relate to the stories written in this book. Once I began reading it I could not stop. So many things I agree with and so many things I never knew existed or were allowed to exist by senior officers. I have not always agreed with Scott Taylor's view on things but I have nothing bad to say about this book. Excellent from start to finish.
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