Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist (Working Canadians: Books from the CCLH)

Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist (Working Canadians: Books from the CCLH)

By: Bert Whyte (author), Larry Hannant (editor), Larry Hannant (contributor)Paperback

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Active for over forty years with the Communist Party of Canada, Bert Whyte was a journalist, an underground party organizer and soldier during the Second World War, and a press correspondent in Beijing and Moscow. But any notion of him as a Communist party hack would be mistaken. Whyte never let leftist ideology get in the way of a great yarn. In Champagne and Meatballs - a memoir written not long before his death in Moscow in 1984 - we meet a cigar-smoking rogue who was at least as happy at a pool hall as at a political meeting. His stories of bumming across Canada in the 1930s, of combat and camaraderie at the front lines in the Second World War, and of surviving as a dissident in troubled times make for compelling reading. The manuscript of Champagne and Meatballs was brought to light and edited by historian Larry Hannant, who has written a fascinating and thought-provoking introduction to the text. Brash, irreverent, informative, and entertaining, Whyte's tale is history and biography accompanied by a wink of his eye - the left one, of course.

About Author

Larry Hannant is a Canadian historian specializing in twentieth-century political dissent. He is the author of The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada's Citizens and the editor of The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art, which won the Robert S. Kenny Prize in Left/Labour Studies. He also researched and co-wrote a feature-length documentary film on the Doukhobors, The Spirit Wrestlers, which was broadcast on History Television. He currently teaches at Camosun College and the University of Victoria.

Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction by Larry Hannant Chapter 1. Early Years Chapter 2. The 1930s Chapter 3. The War Chapter 4. Postwar Years Chapter 5. Letters from China, with a foreword by Monica Whyte Appendix Notes Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781926836089
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781926836089
  • weight: 500
  • ISBN10: 1926836081

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