The Valour and the Horror Revisited

The Valour and the Horror Revisited

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In January 1992 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) broadcast The Valour and the Horror, a three-part television series on Canada's role in World War II. It sparked a major controversy among viewers, war veterans, and historians. Brian and Terence McKenna, the authors-producers of the series, were accused of distorting historical facts, maligning individuals such as commanders Arthur Harris and Guy Simonds, presenting a biased account of events, and overstepping the line between journalism and drama. The Valour and the Horror Revisited brings together source documents, original essays, and commentaries to provide an analysis of the specific accusations and of larger questions concerning responsible journalism. Included in the collection are reports by David Bercuson and S.F. Wise, who were asked by the CBC ombudsman to assess the series; the CBC ombudsman's report; the McKennas' response to the ombudsman's report; the ombudsman's commentary on the McKennas' response; and three new essays by historians John Ferris, William McAndrew, and Scot Robertson on the incidents covered in the series - Canadian involvement in the battles in Hong Kong and Normandy, and the bombing of Germany. The Valour and the Horror Revisited addresses such important issues as the dangers of "docudrama," the calibre of the Canadian media, the meaning of the Canadian experience in the war, and the nature of history.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 147.32 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Montreal, Canada
  • English
  • New.
  • 0773512594
  • 9780773512597

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"The Valour and the Horror Revisited illuminates the issues and shows how complex were the questions involved - and how much the films simplified them." J.L. Granatstein, Department of History, York University. "Teachers will find this book extremely useful for examining the issues of historical accuracy and interpretation ... a 'must' for military historians." Jack Hyatt, Department of History, University of Western Ontario.
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