Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New Nonfiction

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanseh and Amy Newmark. 
More than 100 holiday stories spread the special joy, wonder and blessings of the season with its tales of finding the perfect Christmas tree, being with family, seeing the awe in a child's eyes and enjoying the magic of the season. –Summary.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas: A Special Collection of Joyful Holiday Stories by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanseh and Amy Newmark. 
A collection of true personal stories about Christmas and the holiday season. Stories range from serious to thoughtful to heartwarming to funny. –Summary.

Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands by Ezra Levant
“While many North Americans may be aware of the financial and environmental price we pay for a gallon of gas or a barrel of oil, we often fail to factor in ethical considerations, argues Ezra Levant. With the oil sands at our disposal, is it ethically responsible to import our oil from the Sudan, Russia, and Mexico? How should we weigh carbon emissions with human rights violations in Saudi Arabia? It is time we took a moral inventory of the oil sands, Levant says. ‘The real test of ethical oil,’ he writes ‘is not in comparing oil-sands oil to some impossible, ideal standard but in comparing it to real competitors.’”–Back Cover.

The Damned by Nathan M. Greenfield
The Damned tells the largely unknown saga of Canada's first land battle of the Second World War – fought in the hills and valleys of Hong Kong in December 1941 – and the terrible years the survivors of the battle spent as slave labourers for the Empire of Japan.” –Cover.

The End of Growth by Jeff Rubin
Jeff Rubin argues that the end of cheap oil means the end of growth. The world's governments are getting it wrong. Instead of moving us toward economic recovery, measures being taken around the globe right now are digging us into a deeper hole.–Summary.

The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowden
“From Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.”–Publisher.

The Metamorphosis: the apprenticeship of Harry Houdini by Bruce MacNab
“In May of 1896, a young magician from New York City joined the cast of the Marco Magic Company and embarked on a summer-long tour of eastern Canada, including New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It was during this excursion that Handcuff Harry AKA Harry Houdini first showcased the talent that transformed him from a small-time conjurer, who performed for pennies in dime museums, into the world’s most celebrated escape artist. In this absorbing book, enriched by rare, period photographs, Bruce MacNab recounts a fascinating but shockingly untold chapter in the career of the man whose name is still synonymous with the word magic.”–Publisher.

Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King and Canada's World Wars by Tim Cook
“Written with historian Tim Cooks’ signature flair, Warlords is a fast-paced narrative that humanizes the war effort through the eyes of the prime ministers. Cook deploys Impressive original research, historical judgment, and novelistic momentum to recreate the challenges face by two politicians in extreme circumstances. By creating this unique double portrait, the multiple award- winning Cook offers an invaluable perspective of war and war leaders.”–Jacket.