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Adopt-a-Book Program

These books are the newest literature in the field, as well as books that help to fill in gaps in the library’s subject matter to ensure a comprehensive look at the subject.

What is this program?

Each year, at the end of January, the Military History Research Centre of the Canadian War Museum provides the Friends charity with a list of titles they wish to acquire for enhancing the Centre’s research capability but are beyond its budget allocation resources.

Why is this program important?

Since the program’s inception over 1,000 titles with a value exceeding $42,000 have been sponsored on behalf of the Military History Research Centre. This generosity has enhanced the Centre’s international reputation, enabling Canadian and global researchers – through the Inter-library Loan Service – to pursue their studies in military history; and by extension add to the public understanding of wars and their impact on societies.

Why should you support this program?

  • Knowing that you are helping to enhance the capabilities of the Military History Research Centre and its international reputation for excellence;
  • Knowing that each adopted title has your name inserted on the inside cover, hence a permanent record of your generosity; Knowing that, in addition to your name, you have the ability to recognize another individual or group – living or departed – in tribute, or in memoriam;
  • Knowing that your name will be published on the website and in ‘The Torch’ as a public recognition of your generosity; and
  • Knowing that you have contributed positive and practical support through the Friends charity for the on-going work of the Canadian War Museum as a national treasure.

How can I support?

Adopt-a-book or books and honour a person you admire.  Here is how.  Go to the donate now page and follow the steps. Enter the required information, and in the ‘message box’ insert ‘Adopt-a-Book’ together with the listed number(s) and title(s) you wish to sponsor. If you wish, there is also a further box in which you may enter an ‘in memoriam’ or ‘dedication’.  When complete, submit a cheque to the Friends.

Adopt-A-Book Campaign 2020

The books adopted during this campaign will help to ensure that the Military History Research Centre’s library continues to be the best collection of Canadian military history titles in the world. These books are the newest literature in the field, as well as books that help to fill in gaps in the library’s subject matter to ensure a comprehensive look at the subject. This year several titles have been chosen with inter-war and modern themes, as these are becoming more heavily studied areas. There are also titles on Canada’s relations with other countries, studies on foreign military powers, and new views on military theory.

The titles the MHRC library wishes to acquire are listed below. You may of course leave the selection of a title or titles to the campaign coordinator. In the event that a title has already been adopted, the coordinator will assign an alternate title of equal value. The library will then acquire the book(s) and inscribe the name of the sponsor on a bookplate in each volume.

1SOLD Empire of Defense : Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War Joseph DardaSOLD
2Le Meilleur des hommes: l’histoire de Guy Biéler, le plus grand espion canadienGuy Gendron$23.00
4Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil WarTyler Wentzell$30.00
7Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and LegaciesRhonda L. Hinther$32.00
8SOLD Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces Kelly S. ThompsonSOLD
9SOLD Terrorisme: peurs et realité François LégaréSOLD
10SOLD Seven Days in Hell: Canada’s Battle for Normandy and the Rise of the Black Watch Snipers David O’KeefeSOLD
11Culture and the Soldier: Identities, Values and Norms in Military Engagements H. Christian Breede$90.00
12SOLD Undiplomatic History: the New Study of Canada and the World Asa McKercher and Philip Van HuizenSOLD
13Colt Factory Engravers of the 19th CenturyHerbert G. Houze$65.00
14Creating the Visitor Centered MuseumP. Samis & M. Michaelson$60.00
15SOLD Trading in War: London’s Maritime World in the Age of Cook and Nelson Margarette LincolnSOLD
17No Diplomacy: Musings of an Apathetic SoldierAndrew Lafleche$20.00
18Waste into Weapons : Recycling in Britain during the Second World WarPeter Thorsheim$120.00
19Guide du maintien de la paix 2013David Morin/Athéna$20.00
20Fascist Warfare 1922-1945: Aggression, Occupation, AnnihilationMiguel Alonso$168.00
22SOLD Women as Veterans in Britain and France after the First World War Alison S. FellSOLD
25War Stuff: the Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil WarJoan E. Cashin$30.00
26Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Marketing the War Against IraqPaul Rutherford$30.00
27SOLD The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines Kara Dixon VuicSOLD
28Flight Risk: The Coalition’s Air Advisory Mission in Afghanistan, 2005-2015Forrest L. Marrion$65.00
29Divided Armies: Inequality and Battlefield Performance in Modern WarJason Lyall$48.00
30Diplomaties en Guerre : Sept États face à la crise irakienneAlex Macleod et David Morin$25.00
31Toxic Exposures: Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United StatesSusan L. Smith$45.00
32The Rise and Fall of an Officer Corps: the Republic of China Military, 1942-1955Eric Setzekorn$80.00
33Agents of Influence: A British Campaign, a Canadian Spy, and the Secret Plot to Bring America into World War IIHenry Hemming$30.00
35SOLD The Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion: the Canadian Contingent in the Spanish Civil War Victor HowardSOLD

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