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What We Talk About When We Talk About War Paperback – Apr 6 2012

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions; First Edition edition (April 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864926227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864926227
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A book worthy of joining some of the greatest examinations of human behaviour.” — Alex Davis, espritdecorps.ca (20120424)

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The campaign in Afghanistan transformed Canada into a warrior nation. What does this say about our country and its future?

"A country once proud of its role as a peace-making moderate is being reconstructed as a Canada defined by war, violence and death. Noah Richler has taken the trouble to tell us why Canadians should worry." — Desmond Morton, author of

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This is a thought provoking and analytical review of the growing war culture so evident in the remarks and policies of Canada's elected government. Richler's conclusions are startling and take time to digest.
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HASH(0xa2deb134) out of 5 stars Potty mouth scared me off . . . June 6 2012
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Bought the Kindle edition. Read 4 pages of introduction and was completely turned off by the gratuitous foul language. This foul language and sexual allusions very likely obscure a promising topic. Too bad! Yes, Martha, people swear, but if writers can really write, they might not stoop and force the reader to scoop. So, after 4 Kindle pages, I requested a refund, and for want of language, a reader (of Noah Richler) is lost. Forever!