Out of the Shadows


First published in 1977 this accessible general overview of Canada’s contribution to the Second World War and of the war’s effect on Canada’s evolution. This revised edition incorporates new information, particularly in the realms of intelligence and cipher, allowing new interpretations of policies and operations. It also makes new judgements on Canadian generalship.


"... a skillful combination of military, economic and social history, at once rigorous and readable, and copiously illustrated. It's still the first volume I would offer to a newcomer to the general subject."

The Gazette (May, 1995)

"The book will be of interest to those seeking to learn what public relations practitioners and consultants really do. Corporate executives will have a good chance to expand their personal knowledge of public relations methods, the same for government officials, as well as students of business and public affairs."

From my Bookshelf (October, 1993)

"... this book warrants a place in public-relations course studies."

CBRA (January, 1993)

"PR is interesting reading ... the book is content rich."

Canadian Journal of Communication (January, 1994)

About the Authors

Brereton Greenhous

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

Brereton Greenhous

Brereton Greenhous worked for twenty-five years in the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History. He has authored, co-authored, or edited a dozen books on Canadian military history, including Out of the Shadows: Canada in the Second World War and "C" Force to Hong Kong: A Canadian Catastrophe, 1941-1945.

W.A.B. Douglas

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

W.A.B. Douglas

W.A.B. (Alec) Douglas was the official historian of the Canadian Armed Forces from 1973 to 1994. He is the author of the second volume of the official history of the RCAF, The Creation of a National Air Forcepublished in 1996, and has published many articles on naval and aviation history in Canadian, American and British journals.