Best 20th Century Canadian History Books
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1. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
Author: by Angela Y. Davis
Published at: Haymarket Books; 4TH PRINTING edition (February 9, 2016)
In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement.
She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine. Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that “Freedom is a constant struggle.”Angela Y.
Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender, and class, and international solidarity with Palestine. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete?
2. Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
Author: by Annie Jacobsen
Published at: Back Bay Books; Illustrated edition (January 20, 2015)
The explosive story of America’s secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51. In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. Government faced many difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich’s scientific minds.
These were the brains behind the Nazis’ once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler’s scientists and their families to the United States. Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery.
They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S.Space program. Was Operation Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold War? Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including previously unseen papers made available by direct descendants of the Third Reich’s ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and dossiers discovered in government archives and at Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into a startling, complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secret of the twentieth century.
3. The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World
Author: by L. Fletcher Prouty
Published at: Skyhorse; 2nd edition (April 1, 2011)
Offers uncommonly penetrating insight. A rare glimpse into Covert and Black Operations. New York Times Bestselling author, Governor Jesse Ventura, from his Foreword.The Secret Team, L. Fletcher Prouty’s expose of the CIA’s brutal methods of maintaining national security during the Cold War, was first published in the 1970s.
However, virtually all copies of the book disappeared upon distribution, having been purchased en masse by shady private buyers. Prouty’s topics include:President Kennedy tried to control the CIA. The nature of clandestine operations. The Dulles-Jackson-Correa Report in actionDefense, containment, and anti-communismKhrushchev’s Challenge: the U-2 dilemmaFrom the Bay of Pigs to Dallas.And much more!
Prouty’s allegationssuch as how the U-2 Crisis of 1960 was fixed to sabotage EisenhowerKhrushchev talkcannot have pleased the CIA. The Secret Team appears once more with a new introduction by bestselling author, Governor Jesse Ventura. Like it or not, we now live in a new age of One World.’ This is the age of global companies, of global communications and transport, of global food supply and finance and …
4. And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II
Author: by Jacques Lusseyran
Published at: New World Library; Third edition (March 18, 2014)
The book that helped inspire Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot SeeAn updated edition of this classic World War II memoir, chosen as one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century, with a new photo insert and restored passages from the original French editionWhen Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident.
He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters.
He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.
5. The Upside of Hunger: A True Tale
Author: by Roxi Harms
Published at: Bluebullseye LLC; 1st edition (July 7, 2018)
He fled his village in eastern Hungary to escape his father’s iron fist. But now, fighting for the SS, he’s facing starvation on the Eastern Front and the deluge of enemy fire from the Russian army is coming closer every hour.
The Upside of Hunger is the powerful story of Adam Baumann’s coming of age in the midst of WW2 and his journey toward manhood, from the rarely told perspective of a Hungarian-born German. EASTERN HUNGARY, 1941 desperate to escape his father’s iron fist, 12-year-old Adam fled.
But when his father traced him to the mountain village where he was living under the guise of an orphan, Adam knew he’d have to go farther next time. The military recruitment station in Vienna seemed like the perfect solution, and the age of their recruits no longer mattered to the Germans.
As autumn turned to winter and Adam lay terrified and starving in a frozen foxhole on the Eastern Front, he knew he’d made a horrible and deadly mistake. In front of him, enemy fire rained down from the approaching Russians.
6. Lady Death: The Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper (Greenhill Sniper Library)
Author: by Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Published at: Greenhill Books; Illustrated edition (May 3, 2018)
The wartime memoir of Lyudmila Pavlichenko is a remarkable document: the publication of an English language edition is a significant coup. Pavlichenko was World War II’s best scoring sniper and had a varied wartime career that included trips to England and America.
In June 1941, when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, she left her university studies, ignored the offer of a position as a nurse, to become one of Soviet Russia’s 2000 female snipers. Less than a year later she had 309 recorded kills, including 29 enemy sniper kills.
She was withdrawn from active duty after being injured. She was also regarded as a key heroic figure for the war effort. She spoke at rallies in Canada and the US and the folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote a song, ‘Killed By A Gun’ about her exploits.
Her US trip included a tour of the White House with FDR. In November 1942 she visited Coventry and accepted donations of 4,516 from Coventry workers to pay for three X-ray units for the Red Army. She also visited a Birmingham factory as part of her fundraising tour.
7. The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism
Author: by John U. Bacon
Published at: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 6, 2018)
NATIONAL BESTSELLER The riveting, tick-tock account of the largest manmade explosion in history prior to the atomic bomb, and the equally astonishing tales of survival and heroism that emerged from the ashes, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author John U.
BaconAfter steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc’s deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.
9 kilotons of TNTthe most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for HIroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble.
8. Leopard Tanks in Action: History, Variants and Combat Operations of the German Leopard 1 & 2 Main Battle Tanks
Author: by Jill Marc Münstermann
Published at: K&F Verlag (January 6, 2021)
Dive deep into the fascinating world of German tanks in this definitive textbook about the Leopard 1 and 2. Known as one of the most for their prominence in peacetime, there’s more to these trusty machines than meets the eye. Follow them on their journey around the globe as we guide you through every combat mission ever ventured upon by the mighty machines.
The wide range of conflicts they have been in creates a fascinating reading experience for history lovers and war fanatics. Read in raw, uncut detail the savage battle reports from these fierce tanks as you’re taken deep into each conflict they took part in.
From being pitted against Bosnian Serb battle tanks to their involvement in the invasion of Kosovo, this book covers the complete combat operation history of the Leopard 1 and Leopard 2. Also, their deployments in more modern times are discussed, with them being used to fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIS in Syria.
The amount of missions these tanks have embarked upon is endless, and you will learn about them all in this definitive book. This is the only book of its kind. A one-off concise guide outlining everything you would ever need to know about the Leopard 1 and 2.
9. An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Military Uniforms of the 19th Century: An Expert Guide to the American Civil War, the Boer War, the Wars of German and Italian Unification and the Colonial Wars
Author: by Digby Smith
Published at: Lorenz Books; First Edition (September 16, 2010)
The Crimean War is sometimes considered to be the first modern conflict and introduced technical changes which affected the future course of warfare.
10. The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII's Mission Impossible
Author: by Saul David
Published at: Hachette Books; Illustrated edition (September 3, 2019)
Hailed as “masterly” (Wall Street Journal), “a monumental achievement!” (Douglas Brinkley), “a mesmerizing read” (Bing West), and “an essential part of anyone’s library” (Doug Stanton), The Force tells the riveting, true story of the group of elite US and Canadian soldiers – mountainmen, lumberjacks, hunters, and explorers – who sacrificed everything to accomplish a crucial but nearly impossible WWII mission.
In December of 1943, as Nazi forces sprawled around the world and the future of civilization hung in the balance, a group of highly trained U.S. And Canadian soldiers from humble backgrounds was asked to do the impossible: capture a crucial Nazi stronghold perched atop stunningly steep cliffs.
The men were a rough-and-ready group, assembled from towns nested in North America’s most unforgiving terrain, where many of them had struggled through the Great Depression relying on canny survival skills and the fearlessness of youth. Brought together by the promise to take part in the military’s most elite missions, they formed a unique brotherhood tested first by the crucible of state-of-the-art training-including skiing, rock climbing, and parachuting-and then tragically by the vicious fighting they would face.
11. When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom
Author: by Christopher Klein
Published at: Anchor; Reprint edition (February 18, 2020)
“Christopher Klein’s fresh telling of this story is an important landmark in both Irish and American history.” James M. McPhersonJust over a year after Robert E. Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confederate veterans dusted off their guns.
But these former foes had no intention of reigniting the Civil War. Instead, they fought side by side to undertake one of the most fantastical missions in military history: to seize the British province of Canada and to hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured.
By the time that these invasions-known collectively as the Fenian raids-began in 1866, Ireland had been Britain’s unwilling colony for seven hundred years. Thousands of Civil War veterans who had fled to the United States rather than perish in the wake of the Great Hunger still considered themselves Irishmen first, Americans second.
With the tacit support of the U.S. Government and inspired by a previous generation of successful American revolutionaries, the group that carried out a series of five attacks on Canada-the Fenian Brotherhood-established a state in exile, planned prison breaks, weathered infighting, stockpiled weapons, and assassinated enemies.
12. The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War
Author: by Fred Anderson
Published at: Penguin Books (November 29, 2006)
The globe’s first true world war comes vividly to life in this “rich, cautionary tale” (The New York Times Book Review) The French and Indian War -the North American phase of a far larger conflagration, the Seven Years’ War-remains one of the most important, and yet misunderstood, episodes in American history.
Fred Anderson takes readers on a remarkable journey through the vast conflict that, between 1755 and 1763, destroyed the French Empire in North America, overturned the balance of power on two continents, undermined the ability of Indian nations to determine their destinies, and lit the “long fuse” of the American Revolution.
Beautifully illustrated and recounted by an expert storyteller, The War That Made America is required reading for anyone interested in the ways in which war has shaped the history of America and its peoples.
13. Other Losses: An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners at the Hands of the French and Americans after World War II
Author: by James Bacque
Published at: Talonbooks; 3rd ed. edition (September 20, 2011)
Other Losses caused an international scandal when first published in 1989 by revealing that Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower’s policies caused the death of some 1,000,000 German captives in American and French internment camps through disease, starvation and exposure from 1944 to 1949, as a direct result of the policies of the western Allies, who, with the Soviets, ruled as the Military Occupation Government over partitioned Germany from May 1945 until 1949.
An attempted book-length disputation of Other Losses, was published in 1992, featuring essays by British, American and German revisionist historians (Eisenhower and the German POWs: Facts Against Falsehood, edited by Ambrose & Gnter). However, that same year Bacque flew to Moscow to examine the newly-opened KGB archives, where he found meticulously and exhaustively documented new proof that almost one million German POWs had indeed died in those Western camps.
One of the historians who supports Bacque’s work is Colonel Ernest F. Fisher, 101st Airborne Division, who in 1945 took part in investigations into allegations of misconduct by U.S. Troops in Germany and later became a senior historian with the United States Army.
14. Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933
Author: by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Published at: Penguin; Reprint edition (March 1, 1993)
The first volume in the life of America’s greatest First Lady, “a woman who changed the lives of millions” (Washington Post). Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. Three: 1938-1962, will be published in November 2016. Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism.
She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and injustice and advancing the rights of women; and in her private life, forming lasting intimate friendships with some of the great men and women of her times. This volume covers ER’s family and birth, her childhood, education, and marriage, and ends with FDR’s election to the Presidency-the years of ER’s youth and coming of age.
Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, Cook’s trilogy is an unprecedented portrait of a brave, fierce, passionate political leader of our century.
15. Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France
Author: by Peter Caddick-Adams
Published at: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (May 20, 2019)
Peter Caddick-Adams’s account of the Allied invasion of France in June 1944 matches the monumental achievement of his book on the Battle of the Bulge, Snow and Steel, which Richard Overy has called the “standard history of this climactic confrontation in the West.” Sand and Steel gives us D-Day, arguably the greatest and most consequential military operation of modern times, beginning with the years of painstaking and costly preparation, through to the pitched battles fought along France’s northern coast, from Omaha Beach to the Falaise and the push east to Strasbourg.
In addition to covering the build-up to the invasion, including the elaborate and lavish campaigns to deceive Germans as to where and when the invasion would take place, Caddick-Adams gives a full and detailed account of the German preparations: the formidable Atlantikwall and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s plans to make Europe impregnable-plans not completed by June 6.
Sand and Steel reveals precisely what lay in wait for the Allies. But the heart of the book is Caddick-Adams’ narratives of the five beaches where the terrible drama played out-Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword, and the attempt by American, British, and Canadian soldiers to gain a foothold in Europe.
16. Capitalism: A Ghost Story
Author: by Arundhati Roy
Published at: Haymarket Books (May 6, 2014)
From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India.
India is a nation of 1. 2 billion, but the country’s 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of India’s gross domestic product. Capitalism: A Ghost Story examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India, and shows how the demands of globalized capitalism has subjugated billions of people to the highest and most intense forms of racism and exploitation.