War Plan Red

War Plan Red

The United States' Secret Plan to Invade Canada and Canada's Secret Plan to Invade the United States

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It's known as the world's friendliest border. Five thousand miles of unfenced, unwalled international coexistence and a symbol of neighborly goodwill between two great nations: the United States and Canada. But just how friendly is it really? In War Plan Red, the secret "cold war" between the United States and Canada is revealed in full and humorous detail.

With colorful maps and historical imagery, the breezy text walks the reader through every aspect of the long-simmering rivalry—from the "Pork and Beans War" between Maine and Newfoundland lumberjacks, to the "Pig War" of the San Juan Islands, culminating with excerpts from actual declassified invasion plans the Canadian and U.S. militaries drew up in the 1920s and 1930s. A perfect gift for history buffs (and Canadians and Americans alike), War Plan Red offers up a new wrinkle in the ever-evolving history of North American continental relations.

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Beginning with a short history of border relations between the United States and Canada, War Plan Red provides a synopsis of two plans: the Canadian “Defence Scheme No. 1” and the United States’ "War Plan Red." Declassified in 1974, War Plan Red details a US takeover of Canada and dates back to the 1930s, whereas Defence Scheme No. 1, which presents Canada’s invasion plan, was drawn up a full decade earlier. War Plan Red presents maps, documents, photos, charts, and timelines that describe the two plans in full, along with the context of each. Students, researchers, and instructors in history and political science will find War Plan Red informative and engaging. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York :, Princeton Architectural Press,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781616893521
Characteristics: 144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm


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Vilka Jan 26, 2018

A very short, sometimes amusing, and informative little summary of the history of cross-border tensions between Canada and the US, from colonial times to post-9/11. A bit thin on details, so it's more of a springboard to inspire further reading on lesser-known incidents such as the Pork and Beans War (it was a real thing) and the various incarnations of merger plans/proposals.

Oct 27, 2017

Embarrassingly simplistic, lacking in scholastic merit, one can only conclude that this was written for the general US public. Written with comic slant, it would make of our history a joke. Because of course, as Mr. Lippert stated in conclusion, Canada has been invaded and conquered through the owning of our military by NORAD and economically by US takeover of a large portion of our industries. Even culturally by the overwhelming amount of media, tv, movies and books (sic) that we ingest. Just history, again, being rewritten from a yankee propaganda perspective. One must question what this book is doing in our library system.
Not recommended.


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