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Champagne and Meatballs

Adventures of a Canadian Communist

Active for over forty years with the Communist Party of Canada, Bert Whyte was a journalist, an underground party organizer and soldier during the Second World War, and a press correspondent in Beijing and Moscow. But Whyte never let leftist ideology get in the way of a great yarn. In Champagne and Meatballs we meet a cigar-smoking rogue who was at least as happy at a pool hall as at a political meeting. His stories of bumming across Canada in the 1930s, of combat and camaraderie at the front lines in the Second World War, and of surviving as a dissident in troubled times make for compelling reading.

Table of Contents


Introduction by Larry Hannant

Chapter 1. Early Years

Chapter 2. The 1930s

Chapter 3. The War 

Chapter 4. Postwar Years

Chapter 5. Letters from China, with a foreword by Monica Whyte




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