79 minutes | Nov 11th 2020

21 Fighting for Peace Featuring Tim Cook and Scott Anderson

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Our Remembrance Day podcast features Mark Sutcliffe in conversation with Canadian historian Tim Cook on how World War Two has been remembered and taught over the past 75 years, and CBC's Laurence Wall in conversation with Scott Anderson on his bestselling look at the early years of the Cold War and the CIA's covert battles against communism. Both authors examine military history and its role in our culture today. Tim Cook’s The Fight for History examines how Canadians framed and reframed the war experience over time. Just as the importance of the battle of Vimy Ridge to Canadians rose, fell, and rose again over a 100-year period, the meaning of Canada's Second World War followed a similar pattern. This is the story of how Canada has talked about the war in the past, how we tried to bury it, and how it was restored. This is the history of a constellation of changing ideas, with many historical twists and turns, and a series of fascinating actors and events. From Scott Anderson, the bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia, comes a gripping history of the early years of the Cold War, the CIA's covert battles against communism, and the tragic consequences which still affect the world today The Quiet Americans chronicles the exploits of four spies: Michael Burke, a charming former football star fallen on hard times; Frank Wisner, the scion of a wealthy Southern family; Peter Sichel, a sophisticated German Jew who escaped the Nazis; and Edward Lansdale, a brilliant ad executive. The Quiet Americans is the story of these four men. It is also the story of how the United States, at the very pinnacle of its power, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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