Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping

The Truth May Hurt

By Yves Engler  

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Lester Pearson is one of Canada’s most important political figures. A Nobel Peace laureate, he is considered a great peacekeeper and ‘honest broker.’ But in this critical examination of his work, Pearson is exposed as an ardent cold warrior who backed colonialism and apartheid in Africa, Zionism, coups in Guatemala, Iran and Brazil and the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic. A beneficiary of U.S. intervention in Canadian political affairs, he also provided important support to the U.S. in Vietnam and pushed to send troops to the American war in Korea. Written in the form of a submission to an imagined “Truth and Reconciliation” commission about Canada’s foreign policy past Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt challenges one of the most important Canadian foreign policy myths.

  • Canadian Studies, History
  • Co-published with RED Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781552665107
  • February 2012
  • 160 Pages
  • $15.95
  • For sale in Canada

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  • Foreword by Noam Chomsky
  • Introduction: A Great Canadian Loved by All
  • Early Years
  • Aligning Canada with US Interests
  • Minister for fighting Asian Nationalism
  • A Commitment to Democracy
  • Riding the Atom Bomb to the Prime Minister’s Office
  • Prime Minister Pearson and Colonialism
  • The Case for War Crime Charges
  • Conclusion: Leading by Deferring to Power


  • Yves Engler

    Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler has been dubbed “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I.F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “ever-insightful” (rabble.ca) and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen). His six books have been praised by Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, William Blum, Rick Salutin and many others. “Yves became a foreign-policy expert by working as a night doorman in Montreal…He’s in the mould of I. F. Stone, who wasted no time with politicians, who all have an agenda, but went instead straight to the public record.” - Rick Salutin, Globe and Mail

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