Douglas & McIntyre
The Fog of War

Book details:

August 2011
ISBN 978-1-55365-949-5
Hardcover
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
336 pages
32 b&w photographs
History / Military / World War Ii HIS027100
$32.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Fog of War

Censorship of Canada's Media in World War Two

Wartime secrets and the men charged with manipulating Canadian public opinion are unveiled for the first time in this riveting account of media censorship by the government during World War 2

The Canadian government censored the news during World War 2 for two main reasons: to keep military and economic secrets out of enemy hands and to prevent civilian morale from breaking down. But in those tumultuous times—with Nazi spies landing on our shores by raft, U-boat attacks in the St. Lawrence, army mutinies in British Columbia and Ontario and pro-Hitler propaganda in the mainstream Quebec press—censors had a hard time keeping news events contained.

Now, with freshly unsealed World War 2 press-censor files, many of the undocumented events that occurred in wartime Canada are finally revealed. In Mark Bourrie’s illuminating and well-researched account, we learn about the capture of a Nazi spy–turned–double agent, the Japanese-Canadian editor who would one day help develop Canada’s medicare system, the curious chiropractor from Saskatchewan who spilled atomic bomb secrets to a roomful of people and the use of censorship to stop balloon bomb attacks from Japan. The Fog of War investigates the realities of media censorship through the experiences of those deputized to act on the public’s behalf.

About the Author

Mark  Bourrie

Mark Bourrie

Mark Bourrie is an Ottawa-based historian and journalist. He has published articles in all of Canada’s major newspapers. An award-winning magazine writer, ...

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