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Soldier First, A por Rick Hillier
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Soldier First, A (edição 2010)

por Rick Hillier

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The number one-bestelling blockbuster about the life and career of Canada's most controversial and popular military leaders Finalist for the CBA Libris Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier resigned his command as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces. You could almost hear the sigh of relief in Ottawa as Canada's most popular, and most controversial, leader since the Second World War left a role in which he'd been as frank-speaking, as unpredictable, and as resolutely apolitical as any military leader this country has ever seen. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Hillier joined the military as a young man and quickly climbed the ranks. He played a significant role in domestic challenges, such as the 1998 ice story that paralyzed much of eastern Ontario and Quebec, and he quickly became a player on the international scene, commanding an American corps in Texas and a multinational NATO task force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But it was his role as General Rick Hillier, Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, that defined him as a Canadian public figure. In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War and every casualty suddenly became front-page news. A country formerly ambivalent or even angry about its role in the conflict suddenly became gripped by the drama playing out not only in the war zone of a country half-way around the world, but in the unfriendly conference rooms in the country's capital as Hillier pulled no punches, demanding more funding and more troops and more appreciation for the women and men fighting a war on foreign soil.… (mais)
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A great autobiography by one of Canada's best generals. ( )
  Hawken04 | Feb 11, 2013 |
Fast-paced read that covers Hillier's 35+ years in the Canadian Forces, from an adolescent itch through to his years as the Chief of Defence Staff.

Hillier addresses a variety of topics through his history in the military which will continue to be relevant in Canada's foreseeable future; including our treatment of detainees, the stifling bureaucracy of Ottawa, what place Canada occupies on the international stage, and the relationship between Canada's military and its citizens.

The last of these is a great deal throughout the book and understandably so. Hillier served through what he terms the "Decade of Darkness", a length of time marred with controversies such as the Somalia Affair and the austerity cuts.

There is one overarching string from the front cover to the back and that is that we have not cared for our men and women in uniform - our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters - as we should have. Whether that is monetarily (due to continuing budget constraints) or publicly, in the past we have failed these Canadians.

Hillier's time as Chief of the Defence Staff is portrayed as a turnaround; a move toward hope. Whether that is true or not, I am unsure - but there certainly is hope now. However, we must always be mindful of our past mistakes and hopefully we will always have men and women like Hillier eager to remind us of those dark times and what bureaucratic delays over dollars amounts to in Canadian bodies. ( )
  EliYork | Jan 16, 2012 |
I've heard General HIllier speak several times and always walked away inspired as a Canadian, and to be a "leader", not a "manager". His memoir of his time in the Canadian Forces is equally inspiring. He tells the story of the armed forces as part of government bureaucracy, as part of the 'face of our nation. Most importantly, he tells the story of the many men and women who join the Canadian Forces and the tremendous work they do for all of us.

People interested in the military will like this book. But so will those interested in demonstrating leadership, and those interested in Canadian politics and history. ( )
  LynnB | Oct 17, 2011 |
Okay, I’m lost for words which will make it perfectly clear how important this book is to anyone with any level of interest not only in the Canadian Armed Forces, but also in Canadian history since the Cold War.

General Rick Hillier has written a gritty, ‘tell all’ and ‘name names’ volume that will captivate the reader. Although this book is not a fiction thriller, it is very difficult to put down once started.

The narrative takes you through the ‘dark ages’ of the Canadian Forces when it seemed as though the federal government’s only goal was its complete elimination, to the recent years when once again, Canadians in uniform can stand with pride, knowing they have the best equipment our country can afford.

If you read nothing else this year, read this book! ( )
  Sturgeon | Feb 14, 2011 |
Great read. General Hillier did not write War and Peace. But he wrote an entertaining and workable memoir of his military service, redolent with with admiration for the soldiers of the Canadian Forces, and in places critical of his political - and bureaucratic - masters. He is as outspoken as a professional officer can be months after stepping down from a serious job. I recommend this for anyone in the CF, or anyone interested in Canadian soldiers. ( )
  RobertP | Nov 8, 2009 |
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The number one-bestelling blockbuster about the life and career of Canada's most controversial and popular military leaders Finalist for the CBA Libris Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier resigned his command as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces. You could almost hear the sigh of relief in Ottawa as Canada's most popular, and most controversial, leader since the Second World War left a role in which he'd been as frank-speaking, as unpredictable, and as resolutely apolitical as any military leader this country has ever seen. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Hillier joined the military as a young man and quickly climbed the ranks. He played a significant role in domestic challenges, such as the 1998 ice story that paralyzed much of eastern Ontario and Quebec, and he quickly became a player on the international scene, commanding an American corps in Texas and a multinational NATO task force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But it was his role as General Rick Hillier, Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, that defined him as a Canadian public figure. In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War and every casualty suddenly became front-page news. A country formerly ambivalent or even angry about its role in the conflict suddenly became gripped by the drama playing out not only in the war zone of a country half-way around the world, but in the unfriendly conference rooms in the country's capital as Hillier pulled no punches, demanding more funding and more troops and more appreciation for the women and men fighting a war on foreign soil.

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