Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune by Roderick StewartPhoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune by Roderick Stewart

Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune

byRoderick Stewart, Sharon Stewart

Paperback | August 14, 2012

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Restless, dynamic, conflicted, a surgeon, an artist, and a writer, Norman Bethune was an extraordinary Canadian. Brilliant, yet erratic, Bethune's life was characterized by cycles of achievement and self-destruction and his adventurous spirit led him from the operating rooms of Montreal to the battlegrounds of Spain and China. In Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune Roderick and Sharon Stewart provide the intriguing details of Bethune's controversial career as a surgeon, his turbulent personal life, his passionate crusade to eradicate tuberculosis, and his pioneering commitment to the establishment of medicare in Canada. They also examine the reasoning that led Bethune to embrace Marxism and show the depth of his faith in the triumph of communism over fascism - a commitment that drove him to take risk after risk and ultimately led to his death from an infection caught while performing battlefield surgery in remote northern China. Based on extensive research in Canada, Spain, and China, and in-depth interviews with Bethune's family, friends, colleagues, and patients, Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune is the definitive Bethune biography for our time.
Roderick Stewart, author of Bethune and The Mind of Norman Bethune, is a retired teacher of history. Sharon Stewart has over twenty-five years of experience as a writer and as a freelance editor in educational publishing.
Title:Phoenix: The Life of Norman BethuneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.75 × 6.25 × 0.68 inPublished:August 14, 2012Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773540814

ISBN - 13:9780773540811

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read about a Great Canadian. “Phoenix” will enable Canadians to understand how a son of the manse evolved into a grandfather of medical humanitarianism and an outspoken and mercurial pariah became the most famous Canadian in history. Through their meticulous and unbiased research, Roderick and Sharon Stewart have developed a profound acquaintance with Norman Bethune, peeling the onion that is perhaps one of Canada’s most complex and least understood characters. This enabled them to expose Bethune’s flaws as perhaps the guideposts he needed along his road to greatness.
Date published: 2015-07-29

Editorial Reviews

"At long last, the whole Bethune—flaws and contradictions intact, making the extraordinary accomplishments of this troubled and near tragic figure all the more remarkable to unravel. I was riveted, from beginning to end." Ken Gass, Artistic Director, Fac