Great book of short stories on the Canadian history The people who made Canada Some are well known most I knew nothing much about A good book that most Canadian should read. A much underrated book by Pierre Berton Stories of Canada that sometimes get swept under the rug Since Pierre Berton seems sadly forgotten in Canada this book is evenvaluable Berton was Canada s greatest popular historian ever Here he brings the past to life in his usual engaging and provocative style. Entirely digestible stories of Canada s lesser known characters Perfect reading material for a Canada Day long weekend. Fairly bland collection of stories about Canada and Canadians Interesting but nothing to write home about. Pierre Berton s virtues are well known he s accessible he tells a good story in decent prose He s a good popularizer To someone whose profession is in primary historical documents, the lack of notes and sources can be an irritant there s no indulgence of the I want to readimpulse But I enjoyed this set of shortish historical tales from Canadian history based on a TV series very much as one would enjoy a collection of short fiction, each section upon its own merits, with its own s Pierre Berton s virtues are well known he s accessible he tells a good story in decent prose He s a good popularizer To someone whose profession is in primary historical documents, the lack of notes and sources can be an irritant there s no indulgence of the I want to readimpulse But I enjoyed this set of shortish historical tales from Canadian history based on a TV series very much as one would enjoy a collection of short fiction, each section upon its own merits, with its own set of characters and settings Since I m now going to pass the book on to others, here s a reminder of its contents for myself 1 The Great Cross Canada Hike 1921, 5 people crossing Canada for publicity prize reasons 2 The Pirate of the St Lawrence 1812 to chiefly 1837 8 rebellion, Bill Johnston 3 Sailing alone around the world 1893 1896 Joshua Slocum 4 Samuel Hearne s epic trek 1770 1772 5000 miles in the country west of Hudson s Bay up to the Arctic 5 Billy Bishop the Lone Hawk World War I flying ace 6 The Strange Case of The Brother, XII fraudulent cult camp, Edward Arthur Wilson, east coast of Vancouver Island, 1920s 7 The Last of the Red Indians Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland Late 18th and 19th century contact with and hunting of, including Shawnadithit, last survivor, d 1829 8 The Zeal of Charles Chiniquy Famous Roman Catholic priest and then Protestant minister, temperance fighter, orator, 1830s to 1890s 9 The Franklin mystery Sir John Franklin s last expedition in search of the North West Passage, and efforts to locate him 1845 1859 10 Bloody Sunday in Vancouver Steve Brodie, labour leader June 19, 1938 11 Ned Hanlan and the Golden Age of Sculling ca 1874 1884 12 The First Commando Raid Pierre, Chevalier de Troyes, attacks on 3 English forts on James Bay, 1686 13 The mysterious safari of Charles Bedaux Peace River country, interior of British Columbia, summer 1934, exceedingly rich man testing tractor vehicles, making movie 14 The Man Who Invented Dan McGrew Biographical sketch of Robert W Service, chiefly first half of the twentieth century, including Berton s personal reminiscences from 1958 15 The Search for Gun an Noot Story of a native of the Carrier Nation who eluded capture and supported a family for many years early twentieth century in the interior of B.C., on murder charges of which he was eventually declared innocent Berton reveals, however, that in 1977, Gun an Noot s son told him that his deceased father had actually committed the murders in question 16 Blondin walks Niagara s Gorge 1859 1860 Sketch also mentions the Farini family 17 The Overlanders Thomas McMicking, Eustace Pattison, and other travellers from Ontario to rumoured gold strike in Cariboo country, B.C., in 1862 18 The Ordeal of Francis Xavier Prieur French Canadian transported to Australia after the Rebellion of 1837 38 in his case in Lower Canada Descriptions of the penal colony and his eventual return to Lower Canada, where he eventually 1875 became superintendent of all Canadian prisons This book is a series of short stories about little known parts of Canadian history Another excellent book by Pierre Berton. Loved,loved,loved this book Loved the obscure stories about our history Canada has a much richer history then we are led to believe Berton Brings The Past Alive With True Stories Of Mystery And Romance, Tragedy And Heroism, From The Piracy Of Bill Johnston, Scourge Of The St Lawrence, To The Weird Saga Of Brother XII And His Mystic Cult On Vancouver Island.