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Gouzenko The Untold Story

Sawatsky, John

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ISBN 10: 0771598122 / ISBN 13: 9780771598128
Editorial: Macmillan of Canada - Gage Publishing Limited, Toronto
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BOOK: Corners, Spine Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Edges Lightly Soiled. DUST JACKET: Repaired; Lightly Creased; Lightly Chipped; Slight Fading Due to Sun Exposure; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. John Sawatsky, Author of Men in the Shadows & For Services Rendered. SYNOPSIS: With 16 pages of photographs. On the evening of September 5, 1945, Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet cipher clerk, walked out of the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa carrying 109 top-secret documents and went to the Ottawa Journal in an attempt to present this highly sensitive material to the Canadian public. In a period of supposedly friendly relations with Russia, Gouzenko claimed to have proof that a ring of Canadians-including a Member of Parliament-was spying for the Soviets. So devastating was this revelation that historians have credited Gouzenko's defection with having launched the Cold War. From that moment on, Igor Gouzenko became a man of mystery, a hooded figure whose identity and whereabouts were a closely guarded secret. John Sawatsky has interviewed 150 of the people who came into contact with Gouzenko after his defection. Neighbours, RCMP bodyguards, journalists, and historians tell in their own words for the first time the story of Igor Gouzenko. This book traces Gouzenko's career in Canada, the repercussions of his allegations, the trials of the people named in the documents that he took from the Embassy, and the changing political climate in Canada. In addition, Gouzenko: The Untold Story paints a picture of a complex and contradictory man. Igor Gouzenko came from an ultra-structured society where all decisions, from what job to take, to where to live, even what to eat, were made by the state. Suddenly, he wrenched himself and his family out of this structure into a new and foreign environment. He didn't understand money and ran through large sums overnight. He lavished entertainment and gifts on his friends, then borrowed shamelessly. He exploited Canadian society in countless irritating ways: demanding attention and praise for having saved Canada from a horrible fate, extorting government support for him, his wife, and eight children to live in the lap of luxury. Paranoid and self-centred, Gouzenko created the myth of himself as the saviour of the West, and relentlessly sued any periodical, newspaper, or book that printed anything to discredit him. Only now, after his death in 1982, can the truth be told. Gouzenko: The Untold Story provides the first inside look at this fascinating enigma. John Sawatsky has been called Canada's leading investigative journalist. Born in Winkler, Manitoba, John Sawatsky did most of his growing up in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. A graduate in Canadian Politics at Simon Fraser University, he has been a reporter on the Vancouver Sun, a research co-ordinator at B. C. Petroleum Corporation, the Ottawa correspondent for the Vancouver Sun, a founding member of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, and a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1975. He won the Michener Award for Public Service Journalism in 1976, for reporting the police break-in at the Agence de Presse Libre du Quebec in Montreal. John Sawatsky's previous successful, controversy-provoking books were Men in the Shadows: The RCMP Security Service and For Services Rendered: Leslie James Bennett and the RCMP Security Service. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 001293

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Título: Gouzenko The Untold Story

Editorial: Macmillan of Canada - Gage Publishing Limited, Toronto

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Ilustrador: Duncan Macpherson

Condición del libro: Very Good

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For a good portion of the 1990's, our family was interested in the idea of entering the used book business. We are all avid readers, book lovers, and book collectors who cannot pass a bookstore without popping in. Family trips to the library and our local used bookstore were a regularity while growing up. With each of us having interests in different genres (with a little overlapping here and there), we cover a lot of bases. The thought of having a store of our own was appealing, and the hunt was on - both for stock and a location. We thought to combine under one roof many different things that would appeal to readers and book lovers. Not only used books, but some new items as well. Bookmarks (to ward off dog-eared pages), bookends (to keep those out-of-control collections under control), bookplates (to label books on the "Can I borrow that?" circuit to ensure that they always found their way home), book repair tape (to lend a helping hand to collectors with tattered favourites in their collections), and so on. With an interest in book-themed knick knacks as well, we had two sides to our would-be business: books and knick-knacks. Hence the business was born. In the early part of 1998 we bought a commercial property, and in the summer we first opened our doors in a storefront in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. With start-up stock consisting of a garage full of books hand-picked for just such a venture that we purchased from someone who changed their plans, we were in business. For several years we operated in this storefront, growing our business and learning about the industry and the backbone of it - the customers. It was very satisfying to be present at the end of someone's book quest, as we were quite often. Many a time we heard shouts of joy from somewhere in the shop as customers happened upon just what they'd been looking for (oftentimes for quite a while). At other times, people would approach us with bits and pieces of information that they remembered from long ago favourites in hopes that we could at least help them come up with an author or title to help in their search, which we often times did, with the book in hand. And when we couldn't come up with anything on our own, we would pick the brains of other customers in conversation, or turn to the internet for help for them. For us, quality and selection of stock go hand-in-hand with customer service. One isn't much good without the other. But times, people, places, and lives change and after several years in our storefront we made a change of our own - in 2004 we relocated to the internet. Now a home-based business in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, we are gradually bringing our inventory online here. We carry used paperbacks, hardbacks, and magazines for both adults and children. We have thousands upon thousands of books that are not yet listed for sale on the internet, but are gradually making their way there.

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