Stephen Lewis's Canada Reads: True Stories pick

There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall the non-fiction classics? Unearth the much-loved but overlooked small press memoir? It's a difficult task. Which is why we aren't going to leave you to do it alone. We asked people from all across the publishing spectrum — booksellers, bloggers, publishers and more — to build their dream Canada Reads: True Stories list. We will roll these lists out through the Top 40 campaign. They can be a source of inspiration and a fantastic reading list, and they give these books an extra bump to make it to the next round in this year's debates. But you also get to have your say. One of the non-fiction buffs we turned to was writer, politician and activist Stephen Lewis.

A leading commenter on human rights and international development in Canada, Stephen Lewis has had a long and varied career as a politician, broadcaster and writer. He served as leader of the Ontario NDP in the 1970s, was the UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001 to 2006 and served as the deputy executive director of UNICEF from 1995 to 1999.


When we asked Stephen Lewis to make selections for Canada Reads: True Stories, he had simply one title to put forward: Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid by Samantha Nutt. Here's what he had to say about his chosen Canada Reads: True Stories title:

"I'd like to submit a nomination of a non-fiction book for Canada Reads. It's Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid by Samantha Nutt. I've read it cover to cover, and it really is a first-rate piece of fact, an exceptional book in every respect. I would summarize the book as follows: It is an extraordinarily riveting book. The anecdotes are heart-wrenching; the analysis is trenchant, principled, uncompromising. I never read a book in one sitting: I read Damned Nations in one sitting, and I regretted that it came to an end. It's filled with emotional and intellectual power."

Has Stephen Lewis inspired you to cheer for Damned Nations? Or perhaps you want to submit a recommendation of your own? You have until midnight ET on October 14 to get your submission in. Head over to the Submit Your Recommendation page now!

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