As a veteran Vancouver Sun journalist and senior writer for The Globe and Mail (Vancouver), Rod Mickleburgh collected 20 memoirs profiling Canadian veterans of World War II (with Rudyard Griffiths, executive director of the Domininion Institute) for Rare Courage: Veterans of the Second World War Remember (M&S 2005).

A critical view of Dave Barrett's years as a provincial premier was first presented by Kavic and Nixon in The 1200 Days: A Shattered Dream, published in 1978. It wasn't until Geoff Meggs and Rod Mickleburgh published The Art of the Impossible (Harbour 2012) that a supportive summary was provided as a counterpoint. It serves as the definitive book on that political era, in tandem with Dave Barrett's autobiography, Barrett, A Passionate Political Life (Douglas & McIntyre, 1995), that was co-written with William Miller. The Meggs/Mickelburgh collaboration won the 2013 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

During his long career, Rod Mickleburgh worked for the Penticton Herald, Prince George Citizen, Vernon News, Vancouver Sun, the Province and CBC TV. In 1994, he was a co-winner of the Michener Award; in 1993 he was nominated for a National Newspaper Award.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975

On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement by Rod Mickleburgh (Harbour $44.95) 2018

Rod Mickleburgh, a veteran Vancouver Sun journalist and senior writer for The Globe and Mail, has written On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement to document the breadth and length of what has been Canada's most volatile and progressive provincial labour force.
The story begins back in 1849 when mostly Scottish labourers went on strike to protest barbaric working conditions at B.C.'s first coal mine at Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island and continues into the second decade of the 21st century to recount the successful campaign led by the B.C. Teacher's Federation (BCTF) to improve classroom conditions and class sizes.

BOOKS:

Rare Courage: Veterans of the Second World War Remember(McClelland and Stewart, 2005)

The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975 (Harbour, 2012) With Geoff Meggs $32.95 978-1-55017-579-0

On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement (Harbour 2018) $44.95 978-1-55017-826-5

[BCBW 2018] "War"