A Soldier and Patriot
Brigadier General William Denis Whitaker DSO and BAR, CM, ED, CD, BScMil, DScMil, OC, LdH, CoC, was one of Canada’s most highly decorated officers of WWII, a military historian and sportsman. This personal biography written by his only daughter takes the reader from his early life playing racquet sports, captaining both hockey and football teams, through WWII and on to the many athletic and business accomplishments of his captivating life. His interest in horses led him into foxhunting, horseracing, and to become the impetus of the successful Canadian Equestrian Team of the 1960’s and 1970’s, that won many gold medals. Despite his busy life he had time to be a true family man. A touching and memorable read.
“From the beginning, I was drawn to learning how the author became involved with pony club in Iran. Then the challenges of a woman equestrian having to prove her abilities in a male dominated culture using renegade horses was like a magic wand drawing me to keep reading to learn the challenges she faced and how she overcame them.”
– Amazon Customer Review
“I just finished reading A Soldier and Patriot. Gail's book about her father, Dennis Whitaker. It was an excellent read, full of history, names and people, but most importantly an overdue chronicle of one of Canada's great achievers, personalities and a true gentleman. I boost it into the easy read category. Thanks you Gail for such a good book.”