CDN$ 24.70
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Vimy has been added to your 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

Vimy Paperback – Oct 9 2001

4.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
Paperback
CDN$ 24.70
CDN$ 24.70 CDN$ 1.22

Strong Is the New Pretty

click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • Vimy
  • +
  • Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899
  • +
  • The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909
Total price: CDN$ 74.24
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada; 1 edition (Oct. 9 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385658427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385658423
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product description

From Amazon

Pierre Berton's Vimy is a riveting and very accessible study of the World War I victory that gave Canadians their first real taste of nationhood. But even though it's a work that contains a considerable amount of patriotic fervour, Vimy does not spare any of the nightmarish details of trench warfare. The barrage that signalled the first moments of the battle for Vimy Ridge, a muddy stretch of the front in the north of France, began exactly at 5:30 a.m. on April 9, 1917. In the hours that followed, the meticulously well-trained Canadian Corps would complete the first British victory in 32 months. This was the ridge where the French had sustained 150,000 casualties between 1914 and 1916; Canadian casualties numbered 10,000 through five months. No one expected this from the Canadians. By all rights, a Canadian Corps should never have existed. These four divisions of young men from across the country were not dispersed into British units only because Sam Hughes, Ottawa's hotheaded minister of militia and an infamous bully, refused to have it any other way. The other major factor that transformed the young Canadians into a cohesive force was the presence of two unusually innovative and sensible military leaders, Lieutenant-General Julian Byng and Major General Arthur Currie. Berton states that their "refusal to conform to outworn rules" meant that the Canadians learned from past mistakes on the front, unlike their haughty superiors, who failed to understand the nature of the first modern war and went on needlessly sacrificing soldiers whom they regarded as social inferiors. Instead, the Canadian leaders were in the thick of it and cared about the welfare of every man.

Berton's forte as a historian and writer is his ability to balance narrative details with big-picture events. Thus are the strategies of generals juxtaposed with anecdotes by and about the fighting men. Witness William Pecover, a Manitoba schoolteacher who, like many young Canadian men, signed up for war because he couldn't resist the lure of adventure--only to realize that his fantasy had nothing to do with trenchfoot, exhaustion, and German snipers. Of the day of the battle he wrote that "the conquered area through which we passed seemed strangely quiet. Here death reigned, and the agony of pain." Concise and well organized, considering the daunting complexity of the battle, Berton's book celebrates the achievement of the Canadians at Vimy without forgetting the appalling human toll. --Jason Anderson

Review

"Among the most important and vital accounts of war that we have…it is inexcusable not to read it."
—Timothy Findley

"…Vimy is Berton at his best and that's the best there is."
—Peter C. Newman

"A book to make us proud, to make us week."
—June Callwood

See all Product description


Customer reviews

Read reviews that mention

Top customer reviews

December 28, 2013
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
June 20, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
September 15, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
March 22, 2018
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
January 25, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
April 10, 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
December 5, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
August 11, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery & Returns

Need Help?