Canada: A People's History, Volume 1

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McClelland & Stewart, 2002 - History - 320 pages
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How can we know where we’re going if we don’t know where we are coming from? This question applies as much to nations as it does to travellers, and it rings especially loudly in the ears of Canadians. Canada: A People’s History doesn’t tell us where we are going, but it shows us where we have come from
This richly illustrated book, the first of two volumes, tells the epic story of Canada from its earliest days to the arrival of the industrial age in the 1870s. Here is the story of the people who created this vast nation. The courageous explorers who tracked the vast wilderness; the adventurous settlers, many of them exiles from their homelands; the native peoples, crucial allies in the Europeans’ wars for possession of this land; the visionary politicians, and the shortsighted ones; but most of all the ordinary people who rose to the extraordinary challenge of building Canada. These people are all given voice here, their stories blending with accounts of the major events of the day.

This is the story of Canada for the new millennium, one that draws on solid scholarship and presents the human drama and excitement of days gone by, one that makes past times memorable.


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Review: Canada: A People's History Volume 1

User Review  - Jamie Sigal - Goodreads

I learned more about the founding and history of Canada from these books than I ever did in school. Read full review

Review: Canada: A People's History (Volume Two)

User Review  - Daniel Kukwa - Goodreads

It's a very basic history book, designed to be nothing more than a coffee table version of the TV series...and frankly, it's not needed if you own the DVDs. "Superfluous" is the best description. Read full review

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Besides being the host of "Quirks & Quarks, Bob McDonald is the CBC's science reporter and the author of two books based on the program, "Wonderstruck I and "Wonderstruck II. He is also the author of the memoir "Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science As I've Seen It.

Don Gillmor grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and attended the University of Calgary. Gillmor has written for Saturday Night Magazine, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail. Currently, he is a contributing editor for Saturday Night Magazine. He has also written the following children's books: The Trouble with Justin, about a child who has to clean his room for the first time, When Vegetables Go Bad, about a child who is a picky eater, and The Fabulous Song, which won the Mr.Christie Book Award for Best Book for Age Seven and Under.

Pierre Turgeon is a journalist, historian, editor, novelist and book publisher. This author of 16 books has twice won the Governor General's Literary Award in Canada for his novel The First Person and his book Radissonia: The James Bay Adventure. Pierre also co-authored the non-fiction bestseller Canada: A People's History (Volumes 1 & 2).

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