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The second volume in a 3-book series Duress -- the extreme experience war produces -- brings out the most remarkable human qualities, and letters written in wartime contain some of the most intense emotion imaginable. This anthology includes letters that date as far back as the Boer War (which began in 1899) and extend up to 2002, when Canadian peacekeepers served in Afghanistan. Between are letters from the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and a number of peacekeeping missions. It contains some of the most powerful writing that Canadians -- whether reassuring loved ones, recounting the bitter reality of battle, or describing the appalling conditions of combat--have ever committed to the page. The letters Canadians have written during wartime are proud and self-deprecating, stoic and complaining, brave and fearful, tender and violent, funny and poignant.The Book of War Letterstells us something about what it means to be Canadian, and what it means to be alive.