Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist by Bert WhyteChampagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist by Bert Whyte

Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist

byBert WhyteIntroduction byLarry HannantEditorLarry Hannant

Paperback | February 1, 2011

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Active for over forty years with the Communist Party of Canada, BertWhyte was a journalist, an underground party organizer and soldierduring the Second World War, and a press correspondent in Beijing andMoscow. But any notion of him as a Communist party hack would bemistaken. Whyte never let leftist ideology get in the way of a greatyarn. In Champagne and Meatballs – a memoir written notlong before his death in Moscow in 1984 – we meet a cigar-smokingrogue who was at least as happy at a pool hall as at a politicalmeeting. His stories of bumming across Canada in the 1930s, of combatand camaraderie at the front lines in the Second World War, and ofsurviving as a dissident in troubled times make for compellingreading.

The manuscript of Champagne and Meatballs was brought tolight and edited by historian Larry Hannant, who has written afascinating and thought-provoking introduction to the text. Brash,irreverent, informative, and entertaining, Whyte’s tale ishistory and biography accompanied by a wink of his eye — the leftone, of course.

Larry Hannant is a Canadian historian specializing in twentieth-century political dissent. He is the author of The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada’s Citizens and the editor of The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune’s Writing and Art, which won the Robert S. Kenny Prize in Left/Labour Studies. He also resea...
Title:Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian CommunistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Athabasca University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction by Larry Hannant

Chapter 1. Early Years

Chapter 2. The 1930s

Chapter 3. The War 

Chapter 4. Postwar Years

Chapter 5. Letters from China, with a foreword by Monica Whyte