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Canada at war

From the Plains of Abraham to the Battle of the Atlantic, from women volunteers at home to a journalist tracing his father’s footsteps through a foreign conflict, a variety of stories about Canadian military history are told in new and recently published books.

In our latest themed reading list, we feature books authored by well-known historians such as Gwynne Dyer, Ted Barris and Tim Cook, alongside a detailed graphic history of a key First World War battle, a novel that portrays life in a war zone for younger readers, and several other titles. See the full list here.

Medical discoveries

This month’s book giveaway is for one of the titles included in the above-mentioned Canadian military-history reading list, courtesy of Allen Lane. All recipients of the Reading Den are automatically entered to win one of three copies of Lifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War, by Tim Cook.

Based on extensive research and unpublished letters, Lifesavers and Body Snatchers illuminates how the carnage of battle gave birth to revolutionary medical innovations and brings to light shocking revelations and the hidden history of Canadian health care.

You can also read Cook’s related feature article “A Great Machine of Healing” in the October-November 2022 issue of Canada’s History magazine.

Canadian history journeys

You can read the latest book reviews from Canada’s History magazine on our website — and, when you make purchases after linking to Chapters-Indigo from our website or from the Reading Den, Canada’s History Society receives a commission that supports our publishing and educational programs.

Top 10 Bestsellers
  1. Resurgence: Indigenous Narratives and Cultural Expressions
  2. The Boy in the Woods: Survival in the Second World War
  3. Tales from the Homestead: Prairie Pioneers, 1867–1914
  4. The Lost Prime Ministers: Macdonald’s Successors
  5. 305 Lost Buildings of Canada
  6. Atlantic’s Last Stop: The White Star Line’s Worst Disaster before Titanic
  7. Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining
  8. Owóknage: The Story of Carry the Kettle First Nation
  9. Toronto: Biography of a City[paperback]
  10. Mining Country: A History of Canada’s Mines and Miners
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Beautiful woven all-silk bow tie — burgundy with small silver beaver images throughout. This bow tie was inspired by Pierre Berton, inaugural winner of the Governor General's History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award, presented by Canada's History Society. Shop now

Canada's History slipcase

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Canada’s History Archive featuring The Beaver

Please note: Some items featured in our newsletters and social media will include links to the Canada’s History Archive. The Beaver magazine was founded, and for decades was published, during eras shaped by colonialism. Concepts such as racial, cultural, or gender equality were rarely, if ever, considered by the magazine or its contributors. In earlier issues, readers will find comments and terms now considered derogatory. Canada’s History Society cautions readers to explore the archive using historical thinking concepts — not only analyzing the content but asking questions of who shaped the content and why.

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