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Military Lecture – The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War

May 27 @ 7:00 pm

| Free
Illustration of a green military helmet with the words The Devil's Trick written in black. Below the helmet red text reads how Canada fought the Vietnam War

John Boyko will talk on his latest book, The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War.

More than forty-five years after the fall of Saigon, John Boyko brings to light the little-known story of Canada’s involvement in the American War in Vietnam.

Through the lens of six remarkable people, bestselling historian John Boyko recounts Canada’s often-overlooked involvement in the Vietnam War as peacemaker, combatant, and provider of both weapons and sanctuary.

Through these wide-ranging and fascinating accounts, Boyko adds to our understanding of the Vietnam War and Canada by revealing the many secret and forgotten ways that Canada not only fought the war but was shaped by its lessons and lies.

Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies.

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The military lecture is an online event. Register in advance through Eventbrite to take part in the conversation from the comfort of home. WebEx access link and password will be sent to attendees by email prior to the start of the event.


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About John Boyko

Portrait of John Boyko smiling. He has short, light coloured hair and is wearing glasses.

JOHN BOYKO is the author of seven previous books, including Cold Fire: Kennedy’s Northern Front, which was shortlisted for the Dafoe Literary Award for non-fiction, and Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation, which was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for its English-to-French translation, Voisins et ennemis. La guerre de Sécession et l’invention du Canada. Boyko is an op-ed contributor to the Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Maclean’s, and more. He also writes entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia.

He has addressed audiences across Canada and appeared on radio and television discussing his books and various historical and current political issues. The Globe and Mail has called Boyko “a distinguished scholar of Canadian political history” and the Winnipeg Free Press has praised his “encyclopaedic knowledge of Canadian history.” He has earned degrees from Trent, Queen’s and McMaster universities, served on and chaired many boards, and been elected to municipal office. He lives in Lakefield, Ontario.

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May 27
7:00 pm
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