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The Great Railway: The National Dream/The Last Spike

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A history of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway from its inception in 1871 to 1881. Using primary sources-diaries, letters, unpublished manuscripts, public documents & newspapers-Berton has reconstructed the decade of the 1870s, when Canadians of every stripe-contractors, politicians, financiers, surveyors, workingmen, journalists & entrepreneurs-fought ...more
Paperback, 511 pages
Published 1974 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1970)
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From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his books are now Canadian classics.

Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the
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