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The National Dream by Pierre Berton
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Feb 05, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: canada-history, canada

Received the two volume box set for Christmas, when I was 13, and still own it almost 40 years later. Pierre Berton's true masterpiece, bringing Canadian history to life, painting a portrait of what Canada was in the 1870's and 1880's. Although the railroad is built in The Last Spike, it is The National Dream where many dreamed of the future Canada and Berton lays out the visions of many.

From surveyor Walter Moberly, to Sandford Fleming; from Donald Smith to Charles Tupper; most of all the real Greatest Canadian, Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, who staked his political career on the CPR. Political scandal shunted him to the wilderness for 5 years, but he was always the one man who kept the dream alive.

Just 168 ratings, this was a huge bestseller in Canada when it came out, #1 in non-fiction for close to a year. Sad how it's neglected here.
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