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Fighting Hate – A Book Review

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May 21, 2020
Fighting Hate – A Book Review

Tony McAleer, The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey From Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019), 320 pages (soft cover), $22.95. As a Canadian living in the United States, I am witnessing an era of deepening tensions fueled by racial, class and gender hate. Tony McAleer’s book seemed a possible...
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Golden City Yarns – A Book Review

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February 28, 2020
Golden City Yarns – A Book Review

Ron Shearer, Chicanery, Civility & Celebrations: Tales of Early Rossland (Rossland: Rossland Heritage Commission, 2019), 170 pages, $24.95 (paper). Kootenay history buffs have long savoured the storytelling talents of Ron Shearer, a retired UBC economics professor turned amateur historian. Now, in a randomly presented selection of stories, he takes us back to the mining...
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Codename Project 9 – A History Booklet

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May 17, 2019
Codename Project 9 – A History Booklet

Reference Verzuh, Ron. Codename Project 9: How a Small British Columbia City Helped Create the Atomic Bomb (KDP Publishing, 2018), 86 pages paper only, $9 (USD) at amazon.com. Synopsis The people of Trail, British Columbia, kept one of the biggest Canadian secrets of the Second World War. Most didn’t know it at the time...
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An Air Warrior’s Last Days

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January 20, 2019
An Air Warrior’s Last Days

A Book Review Peter J. Usher, Joey Jacobson’s War: A Jewish Canadian Airman in the Second World War (London, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2018). Joey Jacobson’s War is a moving account of the last months of a young airman’s life told through his diaries and letters during training in Canada, waiting for action...
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Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

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November 29, 2018
Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

Two Books Reflect on Hip Communities in late 1960s and early 1970s Vancouver Ian Ridgway, Jim Brown, and Pat Ridgway, A Carpenter’s Tale: A Life (Elphinstone, B.C.: Deluxe Gypsy Books, 2017), 232 pages, large-format paperback, photographs, $30. Orders: patridge201@gmail.com. Jean Walton, Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles in 1970s Vancouver and the Squatters Who Fought Them...
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Review of Codename P9

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November 27, 2018
Review of Codename P9

Reviewer offers thoughts on value of P9 history The Ormsby Review and Booklook have published a review of my booklet Codename Project 9. “Historian Ron Verzuh ably incorporates what has been told and nicely advances it,” writes Michael Sasges. “His interviews, and those by others, are an especially important addition to the Project 9...
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Vietnam War Truths vs. Iraq War Propaganda

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January 9, 2018
Vietnam War Truths  vs. Iraq War Propaganda

America is a confusing place to live at the best of times, but in Trump times it gets even more puzzling. Are we really back to Cold War nuclear arms rattling? Are the top generals serious about reviving the notion of a winnable nuclear war? Are we any safer in this Twitter-riddled circus than...
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Venice Observed – A Photo Essay

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December 3, 2017
Venice Observed – A Photo Essay

Novelist Thomas Mann once described Venice as a “flattering and suspect beauty.” That enigmatic comment and others pushed me to learn more. So in September 2017 Leola and I spent three weeks immersed in the City of Islands, with daughter Alex joining us for one week. This photo essay attempts to capture what we...
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Hell’s History – A Book Review

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March 2, 2017

With this short book, Tom Sandborn, labour reporter for the tyee.ca, and the United Steelworkers have reminded us of how deadly slow and ineffective workplace safety laws still are in spite of a law passed after the Westray disaster. RV #97 Getting away with murder  
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On Surviving Trump – Living in America Series

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January 26, 2017
On Surviving Trump – Living in America Series

“To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.” That’s one of 20 pieces of advice from Timothy Snyder,...
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