Douglas & McIntyre
Soldiers Made Me Look Good

Book details:

September 2008
ISBN 978-1-55365-350-9
Hardcover
6" x 9"
272 pages
16 b&w photographs
Current Affairs
Biography & Autobiography / Biography
Military
$32.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Soldiers Made Me Look Good

A Life in the Shadow of War

A riveting follow-up to the best-selling Peacekeeper, including MacKenzie’s provocative views on leadership and the current state of the Canadian Armed Forces.


Since retiring from the Armed Forces, Lewis MacKenzie has not stayed out of the spotlight but continues to speak his mind. In this straight-talking memoir, he traces his post-military career as an international commentator on military affairs, a consultant to the Irish government and a federal political candidate.

And here he answers his critics, including journalist Carol Off for her criticism of his handling of the un mission in Bosnia. In a hard-hitting chapter, he discusses his professional disagreement with the leadership priorities demonstrated by Roméo Dallaire in the early hours of the Rwandan genocide. He continues his story to the present, to “the first real litmus test for nato”—Afghanistan.

Divided into two parts—pre-1993, when MacKenzie calls himself a Cold War grunt, and post-1993, after his controversial stint in Bosnia—Soldiers Made Me Look Good is laced with anecdotes both funny and profound. It concludes with ten pointers on leadership, in which Lewis MacKenzie shares hard-earned insights from a life on the front lines.

About the Author

Major-General Lewis  MacKenzie

Major-General Lewis MacKenzie

Major-General Lewis MacKenzie (ret’d) was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, and has served in trouble spots around the world. In 1992, he commanded the un ...

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