What We Talk About When We Talk About War [NOOK Book]


In the last decade, Canada’s operative myth of a peacekeeping nation has been replaced by that of a “warrior” nation. With it, the idea of the Canadian soldier as peacekeeper has been transformed into the Canadian solider as confident and able war-maker.
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In the last decade, Canada’s operative myth of a peacekeeping nation has been replaced by that of a “warrior” nation. With it, the idea of the Canadian soldier as peacekeeper has been transformed into the Canadian solider as confident and able war-maker.
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"There is a wealth of information here that is designed to wake us up to the dangers of accepting war as a part of the Canadian psyche just because the government says it is so ... Richler's eloquent review of the history of a nation forged in trade, treaty, compromise and peace refutes this presumption." — The Catholic Register

"It is heartening, then, to find a book such as Noah Richler's that connects the dots between government policies, media attitudes and public ceremonies, and asks several uncomfortable questions about whether our country has permanently abandoned its previous stance in the world as peacekeeper for the more aggressive status of a "warrior nation," and if so, what the consequences will be for our civil liberties and freedom of expression." — Christopher Levenson, Outlook

"Richler's important and very readable book deserves high praise for showing us in detail how language is constantly misused by this government and its supporters. And Richler may well have enabled us to see, for once ahead of time, how a legitimate love of country can easily be distorted for narrower, partisan ends." — Christopher Levenson, Outlook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864927019
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Ebook edition
  • Pages: 376
  • File size: 694 KB

Meet the Author

One of Canada's public intellectuals, Noah Richler was a prize-winning producer and host of documentaries and features at BBC Radio before he returned to Canada in 1998 to join the founding staff of The National Post as its first books editor and later as a literary columnist. He has written for CBC Radio's Ideas, for the Op-Ed and cultural pages of The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, and The National Post, and for The Walrus, MacLean's, and EnRoute, for which he has won several national magazine awards. He is the author of This Is My Country, What's Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, finalist for the 2006 Nereus Writer's Trust Non-Fiction Prize and winner of the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He lives in Toronto and in Digby, Nova Scotia.
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