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Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety Paperback – May 26 2012
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PRAISE FOR Warrior Nation
"Thoroughly researched and surprisingly entertaining."Globe & Mail
"Warrior Nation tells the story-the whole story. So if you are a peaceable person either by nature or intent, you would do well to listen to Jamie Swift and Ian McKay . . . before the last trumpet sounds."
Farley Mowat, author and veteran
"With our federal government determined to glorify war and eradicate our enduring attachment to Canada as a promoter of peace, this engaging and highly readable book alerts us to what's at stake-the very soul of our nation."
Linda McQuaig, author and journalist
"McKay and Swift offer a fresh and lively account of a deep ambivalence at the core of Canada's performance on the world stage-a handmaidento empires in the costume of a peacemaker. Here is essential reading."
Ernie Regehr, co-founder of Project Ploughshares
"Warrior Nation is intended to stir controversy, and it will. With compelling prose and abundant evidence . . . Ian McKay and Jamie Swift have written an important work of engaged and impassioned history, and it deserves a wide readership."
A. B. McKillop, Chancellor's Professor and former chair of the historydepartment, Carleton University
"This excellent and timely book offers a much needed corrective to the new warrior scholarship that is becoming so pervasive. It should be on the reading list of anyone who is interested in Canadian politics, international relations, and foreign policy."
Sandra Whitworth, political science, York University
"A welcome remedy to the 'Support Our Troops' yellow ribbon epidemic."
Francis Dupuis-Déri, political science, University of Quebec at Montreal, and anti-war activist and writer
About the Author
Ian McKay is Professor of History at Queen's University and the author of the award-winning Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People's Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920.
Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of numerous books. He works on social justice issues for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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No one is safe in this account. McKay and Swift go after prominent and well-loved Canadian politicians like Lester Pearson as well as historians themselves, especially J.L. Granatstein, David Bercuson, and other intellectuals who promote a right-wing agenda and/or work for Department of National Defence-funded think-tanks. I have read hundreds of books on Canadian history and I have yet to see any other book that skewers both the Left and Right to such a degree as this. The authors highlight, for example, how leftists and others in Canada took pride in Canadians not being an official combatant in the Vietnam War, while conveniently ignoring that Canadian companies produced all kinds of war matériel for the U.S., including green berets, Agent Orange, and conventional weapons.
Make no mistake, this book does not pretend to exercise objectivity or balance. It is most certainly promoting an anti-Right agenda, though I'm not sure where to put the authors on the political spectrum since they attack pretty much everyone. Why I still love the book anyway is that it is compellingly written and tells a lot more of "the truth" than other military history books.Read more ›