WWII

Category: WWII

Sean E. Livingston is a Naval Reserve officer with the CAF, as well as a teacher and Sea Cadet instructor. For over a decade, he has researched and promoted the history of HMCS Oakville, keeping its memory and story alive. His book Oakville's Flower has just released and it is a must read! Today Sean was able to stop by the blog and tell us more about his book.

 

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A Book Full of Memories

Posted on September 3 by Jennifer Maruno

I looked forward to visiting the Normandy coast this July, especially after seeing the amazing D-Day commemorative ceremony on television. World War II played a very big role in my life. My father's friends had all been soldiers, my mother worked in London, England during the blitz. I had Scottish relatives bombed in Glasgow, and unknown relatives buried in war cemeteries in strange sounding places like Kuala Lumpur.

Liberation of Paris

Posted on August 26 by Ray Argyle

Among all the cities of Europe that fell under the Nazi boot in the Second World War, the loss of Paris touched a raw nerve among those who fought the German war machine.

Paris was no Stalingrad, fought over from house to house, nor was it the victim, like London, of merciless aerial attack. It stood as a symbol of culture and freedom — of what had been lost to the Nazis and what must be regained for the world.

When Paris fell to the Germans on June 10, 1940, it truly seemed as if, in the words of an earlier British foreign minister, the lights had gone out all over Europe.

My aim with The Paris Game is to give readers a dramatic and intimate accounting of how an obscure general saved the honour of France in the Second World War, and how a restored France went on to reinvent itself as a leader in the modern world.

The sub-title tells the story: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris, and the Gamble That Won France.

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The Great Escape, the bestselling history title from acclaimed broadcaster,  military historian, and author Ted Barris, was honoured at this week's Libris Award ceremony, sharing the award for Best Non-Fiction Title with Chris Hadfield’s  An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

Dundurn Press is excited to announce that Lise Dion’s The Secret of the Blue Trunk has been awarded the White Pine Nonfiction Award from the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Awards. This prize, which honours the best nonfiction titles for high school-aged teens, was announced this morning at a celebration at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

One of the most exciting things about writing a book is that you learn so much along the way.  When I started researching Mobilize! I had a rather cartoonish view of former Prime Minister Mackenzie King.  He sounded rather dull but the more I read and studied about him the more I came to respect him.  Yes, he spent hours communing with the dead; yes,  he could be petty; and yes, he drove his staff to distraction with all his demands. He was an impossible boss.  But there is a lot more to him especially the more I began to realize that his top priority was always Canadian unity.

A Letter in the Mail

Posted on March 28 by Ian Darling

Yesterday, one of our editors received a handwritten letter in the mail. We don't get many old-fashioned letters here at Dundurn — most things come through email nowadays. The letter was passed around to a couple of people but ended up with me.

This letter was from a retiree living in Ottawa. He wanted to get his hands on a copy of Amazing Airmen, by Ian Darling. His problem was that it was hard for him to go shopping because he lived in a retirement home. He hoped that he could buy a copy from us and have it mailed.

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