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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (March 16 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077102276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771022760
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.7 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 2 2005
Format: Paperback
Throughout this work, Cohen challenges the notion that Canada remains the class of the world. He illuminates Canada's gradual, yet concerning decline from its golden days; and how so many of us were "asleep" while this decline took place and maintain great complacency with a stature that has not been renewed in a long time. In the end he suggests an integrative approach to recapturing our glory days, which must begin with our awareness of how far we have fallen. Not a difficult read and ideal for the reader who is seeking an open minded account of where Canada should be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Smy on June 16 2004
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I wish every Canadian politician would read this book. I was afraid at first that Cohen would be a bit too partisan - he has presented before House of Commons Special Comittee's - but it is not. It is firstly a guideline to how Canada can attempt to pull itself out of it's (our!) apathetic slump. Secondly it is a fascinating, all be it partial, history of Canada's famed Diplomatic and International dealings.
Please buy a copy and send it to your MP.
Oh, and I don't know what that other reviewer was talking about - a good section of the book deals with the world changing and thereby Canada's role changing.
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I would recommend this book to any Canadian interested in our nation's place in the world. This book examines the foundation behind many of our national myths and demonstrates the decline in our stature and influence. The book isn't simply a litany of problems, it also suggests what could be done to improve the situation. At the very least, these issues deserve a national debate, not the gradual decline through neglect that is currently happening.
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This critique of Canadian foreign policy will humble readers who are under the impression that Canada has a notable place in the world comparable to its illustrious past. Andrew Cohen gives us a brief overview of the history of Canadian foreign policy, dispeling several myths including our supposed past of being primarily neutral peacekeepers. At the end of ww2 Canada's military was the 4th largest in the world with the capacity to develop nuclear weapons if necessary. More importantly, Cohen reveals information about the state of the current military detachment in Afghanistan which makes one wonder whether our presence there is more of a liability than an asset to coalition forces.
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