‘Dyer is an accomplished military historian who bolsters his extensive knowledge with a rhetorical style that is at once invisible and entirely convincing.’ Publishers' Weekly
NATIONAL BESTSELLER (#2 The Globe and Mail; #3 Maclean's; #3 Toronto Star)
An Embassy "Most Notable Canadian Foreign Policy" Book 2014
A 49th Shelf Most Anticipated Non-Fiction Pick August 2014
Featured in the Quill and Quire Fall Preview 2014
Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014 is a serious contemplation of what it means to engage in major world conflicts, and the price we pay when we do.
The First World War was Canada's baptism of fire, or at least the only one that people now remember. (Montrealers in 1776 or Torontonians in 1814 would have taken a different view.) From 1914 to 1918, after a century of peace, Canadians were plunged back into the old world of great power rivalries and great wars. So was everybody else, but Canadians were volunteers. We didn't have to fight, but we chose to, out of loyalty to ideas and institutions that today many of us no longer believe in. And we have been doing the same thing ever since, although we haven't quite given up on the latest set of ideas and institutions yet.
In Canada in the Great Power Game, Gwynne Dyer moves back and forth between the seminal event, the First World War, and all the later conflicts that Canada chose to fight in. He draws parallels between these conflicts, with the same idealism among the young soldiers, and the same deeply conflicted emotions among the survivors, surfacing time and again in every war right down to Afghanistan. And in each case, the same arguments pro and con arise--mostly from people who are a long, safe way from the killing grounds--for every one of those "wars of choice."
Echoing throughout the book are the voices of the people who lived through the wars: the veterans, the politicians, the historians, the eyewitnesses. And Dyer takes a number of so-called excursions from his historical account, in which he revisits the events and puts them in context, pausing to ask such questions as "What if we hadn't fought Hitler?" and "Is war written in our genes?" This entertaining and provocative book casts an unsparing eye over what happens when Canada and the great powers get in the war business, illuminating much about how we see ourselves on the world stage.
Penguin Random House Canada
Material: Finished hardback copies
From one of the world’s great geopolitical analysts, here is a terrifying glimpse of the none-too-distant future, when climate change will force the world’s powers into a desperate struggle for advantage and even survival. Dwindling resources. Massive population shifts. Natural disasters. Spreading epidemics. Drought. Rising sea-levels. Plummeting agricultural yields. Crashing economies. Political extremism. These are some of the expected consequences of runaway climate change in the decades ahead, and any of them could tip the world towards conflict. Prescient, unflinching, and based on exhaustive research and interviews.
‘The multitude of sources and the political perspective on global warming make the book scarier and more convincing than the usual predictions limited to climate and weather. We can hope that Dyer’s sources are impressive enough to convince policy makers to take serious action.’ Publishers Weekly
'Dyer makes the final, and important leap from merely discussing forthcoming climate change to predicting the political and economic results of a warmed Earth. the of this move from weather forecasting to a holistic view of the future is terrifying.... Frightening yet essential reading.' Library Journal
'Compelling... A warning of what could happen if we don't all pull our fingers out.' Big Issue
'Hopefully, his lucidly written book may help raise awareness of the potential crisis.' Irish Times
'Like a Stephen King novel, it's scary, but you can't put it down.' G Magazine
'Gwynne Dyer's brilliant analysis, in Climate Wars, of the geopolitical conflicts that may unfold over the next few decades - even if we do get serious about global warming - is almost too fearsome to absorb. When I talk to the scientists themselves, there is a palpable sense of panic, something confirmed by Dyer in his interviews conducted around the world.' The Monthly
'Gwynne Dyer is one of the few who are both courageous enough to tell the unvarnished truth, and have the background to understand, not misrepresent the inputs. This book does a superb job of detailing the emerging realities of Climate/Energy. These realities are not pretty.'
Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA
'This is a truly important and timely book. No one, not even the IPCC, really knows what the world climate will be ten years from now, but we and our governments have to make intelligent guesses. Gwynne Dyer has made the best and most plausible set of guesses I have yet seen about the human consequences of climate change, of how drought and heat may ignite wars, even nuclear wars, around the globe.' James Lovelock, British geophysicist, author of The Revenge of Gaia
'The current debate on climate change is mostly on its future effects, but few are brave enough to work out what they might be. Here is a lively, alarming and even entertaining attempt to look ahead. Water and war have always been associated. We need hope as well as good sense in looking at the future. Here it is.' Sir Crispin Tickell, Director of the Policy Foresight Programme, James Martin 21st Century School, University of Oxford
'Anyone still complacent about climate change will find Climate Wars instructive and disturbing. These articulate insights into climate geopolitics by military historian Gwynne Dyer are an important tool for understanding why the climate challenge is big, hard, and vital to human survival - yet soluble if we pay attention now.' Amory B. Lovins, Chairman & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
'Dyer writes in a direct and personal style... an engaging read.' Jeffrey Mazo, Survival Journal
Random House Canada
Oneworld UK & US
Klett Cotta Germany
Citic Press China (simplified)
Wealth Press Taiwan (complex)
Hermes Publishing Bulgaria
Uitgeverij Het Spectrum NL
Marco Tropea Italy
Jarrous Press Lebanon
Material: finished copies of Canadian and Australian editions (256pp); updated for UK edition.
‘A seminal book… a valuable historical treatise and a fervent and compelling call toward pacifism.’ Publishers Weekly
Noted military historian Gwynne Dyer ranges from the tumbling walls of Jericho and primitive tribal skirmishes to the modern advent of total war, showing conclusively that the basic tenets of war remain unchanged. The only real change has been technological, permitting us to make war on a mass scale.
“War is part of our history, but it is not part of our prehistory. It is one of the innovations that occurred between nine and eleven thousand years ago when the first civilized societies were coming into being. What has been invented can be changed; war is not in our genes.”
Dyer squarely confronts the reality of war, and the threat of nuclear weapons, but does not despair that war is our eternal legacy, believing that that war can be abolished. War is an award-winning book, widely regarded as one of the most compelling analyses of the history of armed conflict, which explores the human past to imagine a different future.
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‘Brilliant... An inspiringly rational book, written with dry wit and a resigned wisdom: to the brutal follies of mankind. This is a rare history of war; it rekindles hope, too.’ Newark Star Ledger
‘Provocative, agile and very well argued, with ana-ha!moment on nearly every page.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘Sparkling with insight and digressions… As an interpretive history of war, War is brilliant.’ The Seattle Times
‘Dr. Gwynne Dyer is one of Canada’s best known defence and foreign policy analysts.’ National Post
‘A highly readable history of human warfare.’ Times Colonist (Victoria)
Random House/Vintage Canada
Basic Books US
Belacqua Ediciones S.L Spain
Material: finished copies (484pp).
Published in Canada and Australia as THE MESS THEY MADE: THE MIDDLE EAST AFTER IRAQ
‘For chapter two alone, Dyer’s book is worth the money. Dyer writes with easy fluency, with gentle, teasing wit, and with an intelligent balance between the populist and academic that makes his argument all the more persuasive.’ Irish Times
‘Dyer writes with a racy style and provokes as much as he informs. He leaves one amazed at the sheer incompetence of the American and British governments of recent years.' The Independent
‘If you read no other analysis, read Dyer’s.’ Ottawa Citizen
'Not only does he place current events in a balanced and historical context, he also examines their significance in terms of the future.' Courier Mail, Australia
McClelland & Stewart Canada
Thomas Dunne (SMP) USA
Yale University Press UK
Arab Scientific Publishers Lebanon
Campus Verlag Germany
Material: finished copies of UK and US editions (267pp).
Random House Canada
Material: finished copies (359pp).