Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist

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Athabasca University Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 335 pages
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Active for over 40 years with the Communist Party of Canada, Bert
Whyte was an underground historical rogue who challenged the illegality
of left-wing politics during the 1930s and onwards. His unforgettable
life story spans decades and continents, his wanderlust pushing him
onto the Canadian railroad during the Great Depression as a migrant
worker, into the controversial politics of Beijing and Moscow as a
press correspondent, and out of the RCMP's reach during World War
II as a draft dodger. A cigar-smoking rabble-rouser, Whyte was known by
many as a most charming storyteller, never afraid to report the
unbiased truth about even his own political brotherhood. A sanitized
Communist memoir this is not.



Brought to light and introduced by editor and historian Larry Hannant,
Champagne and Meatballs is Bert Whyte's fascinating
memoir written months before his death in Moscow in 1984. Brash, funny,
irreverent, and entertaining, it highlights an important perspective on
world history while delving into the story of the man who was brave
enough to live it.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Early Years
37
CHAPTER TWO The 1930s
107
CHAPTER THREE The
177
CHAPTER FOUR Postwar Years
237
CHAPTER FIVE Letters from China
269
Appendix
319
Index
331
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About the author (2011)

Larry Hannant is a Canadian historian specializing in twentieth-century political dissent. He is the author of The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada's Citizens and the editor of The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art, which won the Robert S. Kenny Prize in Left/Labour Studies. He also researched and co-wrote a feature-length documentary film on the Doukhobors, The Spirit Wrestlers, which was broadcast on History Television. He currently teaches at Camosun College and the University of Victoria.

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