From the first page of this 267 page monster of a book, Blanchard spares no details of what was a revolutionary time for Winnipeg, and the world. For this reason, Winnipeg's Great War needs to be read with a great deal of care and consideration in order to absorb everything that he throws at you.
I found the book extremely interesting, yet hard to digest. (Not because it wasn't good, but just because of all the information that was being thrown my way.) Often I found that I would read a few pages of the book and discover that I wasn't paying well enough attention to the content, so I would have to re-read or forge ahead, depending on my time and schedule. Still, it was a good book, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning bout Winnipeg's history.
I was specifically interested in how Blanchard explained that people rallied behind the War efforts so much that they invested in war bonds. (My grandma took out a loan for $50 so she could buy a war bond during WWII. Many of her brothers and friends from the reserve fought in the war, including her younger brother Tommy Prince, a now decorated war hero.)
It was interesting to see the mentality of people back then...
I am excited to lend Winnipeg's Great War to my (other) grandma who was born in 1919, so we can talk about it. (She is a member of the IODE) Although I think I should re-read it first, because I was rushed the first time.