New Books, May 2014

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Sheila Nickerson, Disappearance: A Map (1996) – By a poet, about Alaska. From Port Angeles.

John R. Stilgoe, Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places (1998) – A nice paperback of a book I’ve had in hardcover for maybe eight years and never read.

Thurston Clarke, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and the 82 Days that Inspired a Nation (2008)

Laton McCartney, The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country (2008)

Kevin Patterson and Jane Warren, Outside The Wire: The War in Afghanistan in the Words of Its Participants (2007)

David E. Hoffman, The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy (2009)

Thomas Frank, One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy (2000)

Nick Bilton, I Live in the Future and Here’s How it Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain are being Creatively Disrupted (2010) – Free book from Value Village. A book to save and read in 10 years – not now.

Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express (1979) – from Massachusetts to Argentina, by train.

Christine Harold, OurSpace: Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture (2007)

Daniel Francis, National Dreams: Myth, Memory, and Canadian History (1997) – I’ve been meaning to read this since 2001.

Denise Kiernan, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II (2013) – Another book about Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Clark R. Mollenhoff, Atanasoff: Forgotten Father of the Computer (1988) – From the Goodwill in Port Angeles.

Carl Malamud, Exploring the Internet: A Technical Travelogue (1992) – A travelogue, around the world, to visit pieces and parts of the internet. “looks at people, laboratories, and institutions that illustrate the incredible scope and diversity of the Internet.”

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From the Times Colonist book sale at the Curling Club:

Derrick O’Keefe, Michael Ignatieff: The Lesser Evil? (2011)

Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information (1992) – all about TV.

Alan Haig-Brown, Hell No, We Won’t Go: Vietnam Draft Resisters in Canada (1996)

Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History (2011)

Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table (2011) – A novel.

Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land (2006) – A novel.

William S. Burrows, This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age (2008)

Frederick Exley, A Fan’s Notes (1968) – A novel, I think.

Tim O’Brien, Going After Cacciato (1978) – A novel.

Alissa Quart, Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (2003)

David Remnick, Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia (1998) – A sequel to Lenin’s Tomb, which I haven’t read.

Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House (1981)

Steve Coll, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (2012)

Mark Lisac, The Klein Revolution (1995)

Ross Crockford, Victoria: The Unknown City (2006)

Myrna Kostash, All of Baba’s Children (1977) – The Ukrainian diaspora in Canada.

Peter C. Newman, When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada (2012)

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More from the Times Colonist book sale.

Michael Ignatieff, Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013) – A memoir.

Tom Flanagan, Winning Power: Canadian Campaigning in the 21st Century (2014) – I have but haven’t read Waiting for the Wave and do not have Harper’s Team, of which I have never seen a copy. An interesting historian of the last 25 years.

Dennis Gruending, Promises to Keep: A Political Biography of Allan Blakeney (1990) – The author served as the MP fro Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar between November 1999 and October 2000, when he lost to Carol Skelton by just 68 votes.

Frank Dabbs, Preston Manning: The Roots of Reform (1997) – Another story of Reform, a story that seems less and less determinative every year.

Walter Stewart, M.J.: The Life and Times of M.J. Coldwell (2000) – Leader of the CCF from 1942 to 1960.

Alvin Armstrong, Flora MacDonald (1976) – written as Flora MacDonald ran for leader against Joe Clark.

S. P. Lewis, Grace: The Life of Grace MacInnis (1993) – MP for Vancouver-Kingsway from 1965-1974, when Simma Holt won a single term before losing to Ian Waddell in 1979, and the only woman elected in 1968. Daughter of J.S. Woodworth.

Kim Campbell, Time and Chance: The Political Memoirs of Canada’s First Woman Prime Minister (1996)

John English, Citizen of the World: The Life of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Volume One 1919-1968 (2006)

Robin Fisher, Duff Pattullo of British Columbia (1991) – A biography of Duff Pattullo, premier from 1933-1941

Patrick Martin, Allan Gregg, George Perlin, Contenders: The Tory Quest for Power (1983) – The story of the 1983 Tory leadership convention, where Mulroney beat Joe Clark, seven years after Joe Clark beat Claude Wagner and Brian Mulroney. We take this vote for granted, because Mulroney won and went on to win it all but in 1983 that was anything but certain.

Susan Mann Trofimenkoff, Stanley Knowles: The Man from Winnipeg North-Centre (1982)

Cameron Smith, Unfinished Journey: The Lewis Family (1988)

Derek Burney, Getting It Done (2005) – Mulroney’s chief of staff and ambassador to the US between 1987 and 1993.

Robert Fife, Kim Campbell: The Making of a Politician (1993) – The Kim Campbell story- up until June 1993, when she won the Tory leadership over Jean Charest. She signed it, “To Janet – don’t believe everything you read!”

David Thomas, Knights of the New Technology: The Inside Story of Canada’s Computer Elite (1983) – “Leads you through the corridors of power and adventure of the new technology in Canada.” Lots about Northern Telecom. Lots about IBM. One reference to Cupertino, California. Five references to Marshall McLuhan but unfortunately none to Harold Innis.


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