Warrior Nation

Warrior Nation

Rebranding Canada in An Age of Anxiety

Book - 2012
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"Once known for peacekeeping, Canada is becoming a militarized nation whose apostles - the New Warriors - are fighting to shift public opinion. New Warrior zealots seek to transform postwar Canada's central myth-symbols. Peaceable kingdom. Just society. Multicultural tolerance. Reasoned public debate. Their replacements? A warrior nation. Authoritarian leadership. Permanent political polarization.
Publisher: Toronto : Between the Lines, 2012
Description: xiii, 362 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781926662770
Branch Call Number: 355.00971 McK
Additional Contributors: Swift, Jamie, 1951-


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Mar 10, 2015

There's only one way to spell "lie" for both uses in this tense, fyi.

I'm always a bit ambivalent about books that are so uncompromisingly on one side of a political debate. I'm never sure who they're FOR. I don't think anyone who is soundly pro-Harper would read this at all, and if they did they'd probably just think it was spin. For those of us in the ABC camp, it's pretty much what we already know, so it can come off as preaching to the choir. Is there anyone left in the middle on this one?

That said, as part of the choir, I appreciated this book. It filled in a lot of gaps in Canadian history, and sorted out as many myths relating to peacekeeping as it did relating to the "Warrior Nation" premise, and was pretty happy to poke holes in logic on all sides. For the most part, it was a well-organised and more or less chronological anti-imperialist tour of Canadian history. I thought the Vietnam section was especially interesting, as I hadn't heard much of that before. The World War I section, on the other hand, wasn't well organised, and could have benefited from assuming lesser common knowledge about battles fought a hundred years ago.

Deborah Blow
Aug 09, 2012

Wonderful Book ... but leaves one with the question: Where does the Truth "Lie"??? Yes "Lie" is spelled correctly...

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