Monday, April 11, 2005

Canadian War Heroes

Canadian War HeroesThis past weekend I finished reading Canadian War Heroes: Ten Profiles in Courage by Giancarlo La Giorgia. Whether you're a history buff, a war fanatic or a pacifist, if you're Canadian, you need to read this book. In fact, Americans would do well to read it too.

In a day where our national identity is based on mimicking our neighbours to the south, where war is sterilized--I dare say trivialized--with such euphemisms as "collateral damage," where the closest we get to being at war is catching the surgical strike footage on CNN in the comfort of our living rooms, and the biggest threat to democracy is a sponsorship scandal, it may be a good idea to familiarize one's self with the real struggles and heroism of our country's past.

After reading this book I was left with two things: a sense of pride for the nation which I call home, and an appetite to find out more about the ten heroes profiled in this book. It's not expensive, it's very well written with a vivid recounting of events, and it's bursting with facts.

I could tell you more about it, but I'd rather you read it for yourself.

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