A bold new biography of the surgeon and activist whose fame in China makes him the best-known Canadian in the world.
Listed as one of the best non-fiction books of the year by the Toronto Globe and Mail. Short-listed for the Canada Prize 2012.To be translated into Chinese and published by the China Youth Publishing House (Beijing) in 2014.
Phoenix The Life of Norman Bethune by Roderick Stewart and Sharon Stewart
Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, May 2011 ISBN 9780773538191
Restless, dynamic, conflicted, a surgeon, an artist, and a writer, Norman Bethune was an extraordinary Canadian. Brilliant, yet erratic, Bethune led a life characterized by cycles of achievement and self-destruction and his adventurous spirit led him from the operating rooms of Montreal to the battlegrounds of Spain and China.
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Praise for Phoenix
"Rock solid and riveting...Phoenix is an outstanding biography that establishes Norman Bethune, once and for all, as an extraordinary healer and humanitarian, a Canadian who wanted to change the world and who willfully walked on the hot coals of despair and rejection in order to accomplish that." Ann Cimon, Canada's History
"A masterful biography....an extremely engaging--at times enthralling--page-turner." Alan Filewood, Canadian Literature
"[Roderick Stewart and Sharon Stewart's] well-written, exhaustive and highly readable Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune should become the definitive basis for all serious discussion of Bethune. Because the book is so thorough and so objective, it will spark a more informed debate about the meaning of his career." Michael Bliss, The Globe and Mail
"Phoenix is a finely balanced biography - likely to stand as the definitive account of Bethune's life - painting a complex portrait of a man equal parts narcissist and humanitarian." Tod Hoffman, The Montreal Gazette
"Through their meticulous and unbiased research, Roderick and Sharon Stewart have developed a profound acquaintance with Norman Bethune, providing a detailed portrait of one of Canada's most complex and least understood characters." Scott Davidson, Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site
"Readable and highly detailed." Michael Carbert, Montreal Review of Books
"Exhaustively researched and cogently written with a measured and balanced tone." Christine Xu, China Daily
"A fabulous example of what a pair of tireless biographers can accomplish." Ronald J. Jack, Runagates Blogspot
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