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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Between the Lines (May 26 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926662776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926662770
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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McKay and Swift's book is a biting and provocative look at how military history has been used by a new "warrior elite" in Canada to promote higher defence budgets and military "interventions" abroad. It explores a long time frame, going back to the nineteenth century, and leads all the way into present day. Of particular interest to the authors is how obfuscation (the use of vague terms like "national security") is used to hide the Janus-faced way that politicians and military leaders speak about international politics.

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.
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It's happening, and this is a very good treatment of how and why. I suspect I'll return to this book every time I wonder why our wonderful country is warmongering in Ukraine, and stirring up a hornet's nest in parts of the Middle East. A recent newspaper cartoon depicted PM Harper and a black-clad, ISIS-type figure holding up hands together, the way USA president& vice-presidents-elect are sometimes portrayed, above a caption which declared: PARTNERS! The whole Bill 51 debate sounds like something from the era of Joe McCarthy in the USA. If you want some ideas about why this is happening, this book is as good as any. I hope our world is too good for such fear-mongering to dominate it.
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HASH(0x9befcc24) out of 5 stars Canada reexamined May 22 2013
By William J. Hecht - Published on Amazon.com
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Inrteresting book on the conservative approach to "militarizing" Canada. A bit short on facts and data for me but a very interesting point of view. I am especially fond of its viewing the USA (us) as a dominating power. A bit of a screed in places hence the 4 stars.
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HASH(0x9bcdf5ac) out of 5 stars Not what was expected. Sept. 24 2013
By Thomas R. Henneberry - Published on Amazon.com
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Totally unexpected screed about Canadian politics. Some useful history, but unacceptable perspective. Wroters provided no upfront warning of their tilt.
HASH(0x9bce5384) out of 5 stars Text book the school didn't have. Feb. 18 2014
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Yes, this book was excellent. It provided the information needed to complete an assignment at school when the school didn't have any copies of this text book.