Breaking the Silence: Untold Veterans Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan

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Breaking the Silence: Untold Veterans Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan

by Ted Barris

Dundurn | October 10, 2009 | Hardcover

Breaking the Silence: Untold Veterans Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Never talked about it. That's what most people say when they're asked if the veteran in the family ever shared wartime experiences. Describing combat, imprisonment or lost comrades from the World Wars, the Korea War, or even Afghanistan is reserved for Remembrance Day or the Legion lounge. Nobody was ever supposed to see them get emotional, show their vulnerability. Nobody was ever to know the hell of their war. About 25 years ago, Ted Barris began breaking through the silence. Because of his unique interviewing skills, he found that veterans would talk to him, set the record straight and put a face on the service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform. As a result of his work on 15 previous books, Barris has earned a reputation of trust among Canada's veterans. Indeed, over the years, nearly 3,000 of them have shared their memories, all offering original material for his books. Among other revelations in Breaking the Silence, veterans of the Great War reflect on an extraordinary first Armistice in 1918; decorated Second World War fighter pilots talk about their thirst for blood in the sky; Canadian POWs explain how they survived Chinese attempts to brainwash them during the Korean War; and soldiers with the Afghanistan mission talk about the horrors of the "friendly fire" incident near Kandahar. Breaking the Silence is a ground-breaking book that goes to the heart of veterans' war-time experiences.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 1 in

Published: October 10, 2009

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887624650

ISBN - 13: 9780887624650

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tribute to veterans of the First World War, Afganistan and all conflicts in between. Written from a few of the 4,000 interviews the author has conducted with veterans [well qualified for this work and a born journalist even while talking to him at a book signing I felt like I was being interviewed.] This is not your usual Military book ,no in a usual book you would read about a man or group men usualy just out of there teens showing courage and leadership beyond there years. But in such a book we don't learn the authors journey to "break the silence" .The best way to describe this book this way. Imagine if you have a auditorium full of veterans from WWII ,Korea,various Peace Keeping missions and Afganistan. Each you personaly get to know and put the pieces together learn his or her story and on this journey witness them "breaking the silence" on things that happened to them that they've never talked about in there lives. From such varied personalities as Charlie Fox DFC* spitfire pilot, Romeo Delaire UN Commander in Rewanda during the genecide, Herb Pitts MC who fought with the Royal 22nd in Korea, one of my favorit being the story of a 6' 5" Glider Pilot who was almost washed out because of his height while it later saved his life! and a host of others. Written in such a way you want to keep reading even, if your dead tired!
Date published: 2011-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Required reading! Without writers like Ted Barris, Canadian history, and in particular Canadian military history, is not going to be told or be accessible. From the Great War to the Afghanistan, we meet people - regular Canadians – who share their wartime experiences. This book is different from his previous ones in that it is more personal. Mr. Barris is discusses his experiences as a journalist and an interviewer and, in some cases, becomes repetitive. This distracts the reader from the stories that the veterans are telling and so is the book’s only weakness. “Breaking the Silence” should be read by anyone who wants to know more about Canadian veterans.
Date published: 2010-03-31

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Breaking the Silence: Untold Veterans Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan

by Ted Barris

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 1 in

Published: October 10, 2009

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887624650

ISBN - 13: 9780887624650

From the Publisher

Never talked about it. That's what most people say when they're asked if the veteran in the family ever shared wartime experiences. Describing combat, imprisonment or lost comrades from the World Wars, the Korea War, or even Afghanistan is reserved for Remembrance Day or the Legion lounge. Nobody was ever supposed to see them get emotional, show their vulnerability. Nobody was ever to know the hell of their war. About 25 years ago, Ted Barris began breaking through the silence. Because of his unique interviewing skills, he found that veterans would talk to him, set the record straight and put a face on the service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform. As a result of his work on 15 previous books, Barris has earned a reputation of trust among Canada's veterans. Indeed, over the years, nearly 3,000 of them have shared their memories, all offering original material for his books. Among other revelations in Breaking the Silence, veterans of the Great War reflect on an extraordinary first Armistice in 1918; decorated Second World War fighter pilots talk about their thirst for blood in the sky; Canadian POWs explain how they survived Chinese attempts to brainwash them during the Korean War; and soldiers with the Afghanistan mission talk about the horrors of the "friendly fire" incident near Kandahar. Breaking the Silence is a ground-breaking book that goes to the heart of veterans' war-time experiences.

About the Author

Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and various national magazines, he is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. Barris has authored fifteen non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy and Juno.

Editorial Reviews

The prolific Ted Barris has etched a name for himself as one of Canada''s foremost popular historians. While still giving voice to the veterans who experiences the hell, horror and humanity of war, Barris weaves the story of getting the story into the mix. Barris is a natural storyteller. Whether he is bringing a veteran''s exploits to life or detailing his own experiences, Breaking the Silence is an entertaining and informative read.
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