Coming March 2019
The book is a biography of eccentric French fur trader Pierre Radisson, a man who helped shape the events of his time. Radisson spent his life trying to be an important part of the rather bizarre European beaver hat trade, but was stymied all his life. He lived through fantastic advenures: capture and adoption by the Mohawks in 1652, escape to early New York City, trading partner with the indigenous people of the Great Lakes, defecting from the French and witnessing the Great Plague and Great Fire of London, defecting back to the French, co-founding the Hudson’s Bay Company, running with pirates… and so on. A fascinating and remarkable life story that is finally being told.
Praise for Mark Bourrie
“This may well be the book of record on Canadian Second World War censorship.” —National Post
“[Fog of War] shows a system in which the military was overly protective of information, the media willing participants and the censors themselves fiercely independent.” —Montreal Gazette
“Mark Bourrie…writes well, he has done yeoman archival research and he presents much excellent material. What is important and new is his account of how the censors…were prepared to argue against government and the military in an effort to get news out during the Second World War…Bourrie’s book, written in good journalistic prose, is an entertaining one to read.” —Globe and Mail
“[Mark Bourrie] raises important questions about how journalists should react when faced with difficult obstacles to their primary mission of reporting the truth.” —Winnipeg Free Press