Ted Barris is an award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster. For more than forty years his writing has appeared in the national press, as well as in history, news, and arts magazines, and he has authored seventeen non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy, Juno, and The Great Escape. In 2014, The Great Escape received the national Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.
On June 6, 1944, nearly 15,000 Canadians â€“ at sea, in the air, and on the ground â€“ joined the long-anticipated D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe on the Normandy beaches. The piece of ground on which the Canadians fought so hard against heavily armed and embedded German troops was codenamed Juno. On that day, the Canadian infantry fought their way farther inland than any other Allied troops. For Canada, and all Canadians, this was a coming of age, an extraordinary moment of courage and sacrifice.
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Barris takes us back to those momentous few hours that forever changed the course of our history in the voices of those who were there. In what might be described as Canadaâ€™s longest day, we follow the course of action hour by hour, minute by minute, as we meet and follow the soldiers who leapt off landing craft into the shallow waters off Normandy, who were strafed by machinegun fire before they could even reach the shore. We meet the airmen who flew fighters and bombers in the early hours of the summer morning, as well as the sailors who manned the guns of the ships offshore.
Ted Barris has interviewed hundreds of veterans to piece together one of Canadaâ€™s proudest days, and one of the most significant battles of our time.
The veterans' stories are skillfully interwoven with sufficient strategic and tactical detail to make this a useful book for budding historians, and an interesting addition to more traditional histories. There is some sense of a missed opportunity in the fact that Barris makes no conclusions about the citizen-soldiers and what, if anything, defines them and their time. Also, the book lacks maps sufficiently detailed to support such a finely drawn Canadian portrait of that day.
[Barris] seamlessly interweaves the remembrances of veterans to make his book a compelling tale that never loses either the pace of the remarkable story or the broad sweep of the larger picture of the invasion..."Juno" is a remarkable book that should be required reading in every Canadian school.
Barris has drawn upon the stories of participants through their written accounts or by interviews, and his crisp writing style paints a poignant word picture. This is history from the sharp end...
Barris has pulled off a remarkable piece of work here...he has written a book that's as full of tension as any novel. Even, one might say, as any Hollywood war movie...Read this book. More importantly, make your kids read this book.
Any author that chooses to collect the stories of veterans is doing history a great service, and Barris has a respectful but confident touch handling their memories.
You won't find any book that better captures the Canadian experience at 'the sharp end'... A welcome addition to the literature of the Canadian military in the Second World War.
... a remarkable book, the first comprehensive retelling of Canadians at war on a day that changed history. Interweaving the memories of those who came back with an hour-by-hour record of the battle for the beac, Barris has created a book that is both timely and necessary.
...a comtemporary Canadian masterpiece... Barris's writing has a highly readable style...Read Juno and rejoice in the contribution of Canada to the successful conclusion of the Second World War...
...collected stories are deftly combined to present a cohesive, riveting picture of the Normandy invasion that ultimately, combined with the Soviet advance from the east, led to victory.
The voices of the Canadians [Barris] writes about come through loud and clear. Through their stories we begin to understand their pride, their fears, their glory and their heartache.
Barris' approach to writing about D-Day is excellent...This book puts a human face on a seminal event that we cannot fully understand...It is a book that I would recommend for professional and amateur alike.
Ted Barris has created a contemporary Canadian masterpiece in Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944.
To the task of recounting Canada's role in the invasion, Barris brings his credentials as media broadcaster and instructor of journalism...
It takes an experienced writer like Ted Barris to explain the need for an invasion from the sea...
The sights, sounds, triumphs and tragedies of D-Day are here. So too are the voices.
...the content is carefully referenced and could easily serve as a textbook on the subject.