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Soldiers Made Me Look Good

January 2009

“To see the peacekeeper myth ably demolished, however, one must pick up Lewis MacKenzie’s own memoir, Soldiers Made Me Look Good. Loaded with anecdotes, and delivered in MacKenzie’s suffer-fools-badly style, it’s easily the speed-read of the bunch.”

Calgary Herald, Jan 18, 2009
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December 2008

“…this is one old soldier who certainly did not fade away upon retirement. Almost immediately after he doffed his uniform MacKenzie was back in war zones… Having endured a malicious attack upon his reputation by journalist-author Carol Off in her book The Lion, The Fox and The Eagle, MacKenzie launches a masterful counterstroke in this memoir. The ridiculous, propaganda-driven allegations of rape and murder… are thoroughly debunked once and for all. MacKenzie also uses this personal podium to launch yet another attack on fellow general Romeo Dallaire for his failure of leadership in the critical hours of the Rwanda genocide in 1994.”

Esprit de Corps, Dec 2, 2008
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November 2008

Soldiers Made Me Look Good is a book about leadership. For years [MacKenzie’s] delivered talks on it and a key section of his book shows he has a very different idea about it than a certain colleague – one Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire… The two men differ on a key point: that the priorities of mission, soldiers and self must shift once and a while.”

North Shore News, Nov 7, 2008
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October 2008

“Like a lot of talkative old soldiers, MacKenzie is a tad self-indulgent… but the second half of the book – in particular his descriptions of how the Kosovo Liberation Army manipulated the international media leading up to the 1999 bombing campaign against Yugoslavia – is well worth the wait…”

Georgia Straight, Oct 16, 2008
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October 2008

“…MacKenzie is a natural storyteller… an enjoyable read.”

The Embassy, Oct 1, 2008
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September 2008

“…MacKenzie is a natural storyteller… an enjoyable read.”

Chronicle Herald, Sep 29, 2008
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September 2008

“The first half of Soldiers Made Me Look Good lives up to its name in a kind of Saturday night at the Legion fashion. MacKenzie’s anecdotes of his growing up and military career puts him in the “Peck’s bad boy” category. But then qualities of deviousness and cunning served him well; whether it was a sly reading between the lines of his instructions in a military exercise – later interpreted as initiative when it worked out in his favour – or gambling on an assault through swampland when a more conventional approach was expected.”

Winnipeg Free Press, Sep 28, 2008
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