Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
Features
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

  • Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014
  • Written by Gwynne Dyer
  • Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9780307361684
  • Our Price: $34.95
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Canada in the Great Power Game

Buy now from Random House

  • Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014
  • Written by Gwynne Dyer
  • Format: eBook | ISBN: 9780307361707
  • Our Price: $17.99
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Canada in the Great Power Game

Buy now from Random House

  • Canada in the Great Power Game
  • Written by Gwynne Dyer
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780307361691
  • Our Price: $22.00
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Canada in the Great Power Game

Canada in the Great Power Game

    Select a Format:
  • Book
  • eBook

Written by Gwynne DyerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gwynne Dyer

eBook

List Price: $17.99

eBook

On Sale: August 05, 2014
Pages: 304 | ISBN: 978-0-307-36170-7
Published by : Random House Canada RH Canadian Publishing
Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014 Cover

Bookmark,
Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - Canada in the Great Power Game
  • Email this page - Canada in the Great Power Game
  • Print this page - Canada in the Great Power Game
ABOUT THE BOOK ABOUT THE BOOK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PRAISE PRAISE
This book has no tags.
You can add some at Library Thing.
Synopsis

Synopsis

Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014 is a serious contemplation of what it means to engage in major world conflicts, and the price we pay when we do.
 
The First World War was Canada's baptism of fire, or at least the only one that people now remember. (Montrealers in 1776 or Torontonians in 1814 would have taken a different view.) From 1914 to 1918, after a century of peace, Canadians were plunged back into the old world of great power rivalries and great wars. So was everybody else, but Canadians were volunteers. We didn't have to fight, but we chose to, out of loyalty to ideas and institutions that today many of us no longer believe in. And we have been doing the same thing ever since, although we haven't quite given up on the latest set of ideas and institutions yet.

In Canada in the Great Power Game, Gwynne Dyer moves back and forth between the seminal event, the First World War, and all the later conflicts that Canada chose to fight in. He draws parallels between these conflicts, with the same idealism among the young soldiers, and the same deeply conflicted emotions among the survivors, surfacing time and again in every war right down to Afghanistan. And in each case, the same arguments pro and con arise--mostly from people who are a long, safe way from the killing grounds--for every one of those "wars of choice."

Echoing throughout the book are the voices of the people who lived through the wars: the veterans, the politicians, the historians, the eyewitnesses. And Dyer takes a number of so-called excursions from his historical account, in which he revisits the events and puts them in context, pausing to ask such questions as "What if we hadn't fought Hitler?" and "Is war written in our genes?" This entertaining and provocative book casts an unsparing eye over what happens when Canada and the great powers get in the war business, illuminating much about how we see ourselves on the world stage.

Gwynne Dyer

About Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer - Canada in the Great Power Game

Photo © Ron Diamond

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster, filmmakter, and lecturer on international affairs for more than twenty years but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland in 1943, he earned degrees from Canadian, American, and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He went on to serve in three navies and to hold academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and at Oxford University. Since 1973, he has written a twice-weekly column on current events that is published in more than 175 newspapers worldwide and translated into more than a dozen languages. Dyer is the author of the award-winning book War (1986), which was updated and reissued in 2004, and of Ignorant Armies (2003) and Future: Tense (2004). He lives in London, England.
Praise

Praise

Praise for Canada in the Great Power Game:
NATIONAL BESTSELLER
"A timely review of Canada's role in the past century of war and peace since the outbreak of the First World War. It throws a disturbing light on what we did and why we did it.... Gwynne Dyer makes his case calmly, factually, and with his trademark dry humour." The Tyee

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: