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Berton, Pierre 1920-2004

Overview
Works: 341 works in 1,126 publications in 4 languages and 28,372 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Biography  Anecdotes  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives‡vCanadian  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Host, Interviewer, Composer, Narrator
Classifications: F127.N8, 971.339
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Most widely held works by Pierre Berton
Niagara a history of the falls by Pierre Berton( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 2,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Niagara Falls has always been more than just a natural wonder. The sublime beauty and awesome power of the great cataract have made it a magnet for statesmen and stuntmen, poets and poseurs, ordinary sightseers and exceptional visionaries. This book traces the history of the Falls and those drawn to it: industrialists who come to harness its power, movie stars who come to garner publicity, photographers who come to test new techniques, and honeymooners who come to start new lives. As Pierre Berton shows, the history of the Falls is a chronicle filled with exceptional characters: Charles Blondin, the French daredevil who crossed the Falls on a high wire; John Roebling, the engineer who spanned the Niagara gorge before he built the Brooklyn Bridge; Henry Perky, the inventor of shredded wheat; and Robert Moses, the 'Power Broker' himself."--Jacket
The Klondike fever : the life and death of the last great gold rush by Pierre Berton( Book )

55 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canadian newspaperman and magazien editor tells the story of the great gold rush to the Yukon, 1897-1898
The Arctic grail : the quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909 by Pierre Berton( Book )

40 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the nineteenth century quest for the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific, and the North Pole
Flames across the border : the Canadian-American tragedy, 1813-1814 by Pierre Berton( Book )

23 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in English and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Canada'U.S. border was in flames as the War of 1812 continued. York's parliament buildings were on fire, Niagara-on-the-Lake burned to the ground and Buffalo lay in ashes. Even the American capital of Washington, far to the south, was put to the torch. The War of 1812 had become one of the nineteenth century's bloodiest struggles. Flames Across the Border is a compelling evocation of war at its most primeval level ' the muddy fields, the frozen forests and the ominous waters where men fought and died. Pierre Berton skilfully captures the courage, determination and terror of the universal soldier, giving new dimension and fresh perspective to this early conflict between the two emerging nations of North America. From the Trade Paperback edition
The Dionne years : a Thirties melodrama by Pierre Berton( Book )

15 editions published between 1959 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the lives of the Dionne quintuplets, five identical girls who were born in 1934 and spent the first nine years of their lives separated from their parents and exploited by the media and the Canadian government
The comfortable pew; a critical look at Christianity and the religious establishment in the new age by Pierre Berton( Book )

7 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invasion of Canada by Pierre Berton( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and French and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un récit détaillé de la tentative d'invasion du Canada par les Américains entre 1812 et 1814. S'appuyant sur des documents d'époque - mémoires, journaux intimes, papiers officiels - l'historien Pierre Berton fait revivre de l'intérieur les diverses étapes de cette invasion ratée, décrivant les lieux, ressuscitant les figures des personnages qui ont joué les rôles clés et reconstituant les divers engagements. Liste d'identification des principaux personnages et bibliographie étoffée de sources manuscrites et publiées
The impossible railway; the building of the Canadian Pacific by Pierre Berton( Book )

8 editions published between 1972 and 1984 in English and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Klondike quest : a photographic essay, 1897-1899 by Pierre Berton( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mysterious north by Pierre Berton( Book )

35 editions published between 1956 and 1989 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Personal memories of life and travel in the Canadian north in the late 1940s and early 1950s, with postscripts updating each section to the late 1980s
Drifting home by Pierre Berton( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Account of a journey by the author and his family down the Yukon River retracing the Klondike goldrush route of 1898 from Lake Bennett to Dawson
The last spike; the great railway 1881-1885 by Pierre Berton( Book )

19 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the four years between 1881 and 1885, Canada was forged into one nation by the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Last Spike reconstructs the incredible story of how some 2,000 miles of steel crossed the continent in just five years ' exactly half the time stipulated in the contract. Pierre Berton recreates the adventures that were part of this vast undertaking: the railway on the brink of bankruptcy, with one hour between it and ruin; the extraordinary land boom of Winnipeg in 1881'1882; and the epic tale of how William Van Horne rushed 3,000 soldiers over a half-finished railway to quell the Riel Rebellion. Dominating the whole saga are the men who made it all possible ' a host of astonishing characters: Van Horne, the powerhouse behind the vision of a transcontinental railroad; Rogers, the eccentric surveyor; Onderdonk, the cool New Yorker; Stephen, the most emotional of businessmen; Father Lacombe, the black-robed voyageur; Sam Steele, of the North West Mounted Police; Gabriel Dumont, the Prince of the Prairies; more than 7,000 Chinese workers, toiling and dying in the canyons of the Fraser Valley; and many more ' land sharks, construction geniuses, politicians, and entrepreneurs ' all of whom played a role in the founding of the new Canada west of Ontario. From the Trade Paperback edition
The national dream : the great railway, 1871-1881 by Pierre Berton( Book )

25 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story leading up to the signing of the contract for the CPR
The Great Lakes by Pierre Berton( Book )

2 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The smug minority by Pierre Berton( Book )

8 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Klondike; the last great gold rush, 1896-1899 by Pierre Berton( Book )

30 editions published between 1960 and 2001 in English and French and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the building of the railroad and the settlement of the plains, the North West was opening up. The Klondike stampede was a wild interlude in the epic story of western development, and here are its dramatic tales of hardship, heroism, and villainy. We meet Soapy Smith, dictator of Skagway; Swiftwater Bill Gates, who bathed in champagne; Silent Sam Bonnifield, who lost and won back a hotel in a poker game; and Roddy Connors, who danced away a fortune at a dollar a dance. We meet dance-hall queens, paupers turned millionaires, missionaries and entrepreneurs, and legendary Mounties such as Sam Steele, the Lion of the Yukon. Pierre Berton's riveting account reveals to us the spectacle of the Chilkoot Pass, and the terrors of lesser-known trails through the swamps of British Columbia, across the glaciers of southern Alaska, and up the icy streams of the Mackenzie Mountains. It contrasts the lawless frontier life on the American side of the border to the relative safety of Dawson City. Winner of the Governor General's award for non-fiction, Klondike is authentic history and grand entertainment, and a must-read for anyone interested in the Canadian frontier
The Great Depression, 1929-1939 by Pierre Berton( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over 1.5 million Canadians were on relief, one in five was a public dependant, and 70,000 young men travelled like hoboes. Ordinary citizens were rioting in the streets, but their demonstrations met with indifference, and dissidents were jailed. Canada emerged from the Great Depression a different nation. The most searing decade in Canada's history began with the stock market crash of 1929 and ended with the Second World War. With formidable story-telling powers, Berton reconstructs its engrossing events vividly: the Regina Riot, the Great Birth Control Trial, the black blizzards of the dust bowl and the rise of Social Credit. The extraordinary cast of characters includes Prime Minister Mackenzie King, who praised Hitler and Mussolini but thought Winston Churchill "one of the most dangerous men I have ever known"; Maurice Duplessis, who padlocked the homes of private citizens for their political opinions; and Tim Buck, the Communist leader who narrowly escaped murder in Kingston Penitentiary. In this #1 best-selling book, Berton proves that Canada's political leaders failed to take the bold steps necessary to deal with the mass unemployment, drought and despair. A child of the era, he writes passionately of people starving in the midst of plenty. From the Trade Paperback edition
Vimy by Pierre Berton( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One chill Easter dawn in 1917, a blizzard blowing in their faces, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in France went over the top of a muddy scarp knows as Vimy Ridge. Within hours, they held in their grasp what had eluded both British and French armies in over two years of fighting: they had seized the best-defended German bastion on the Western Front. How could an army of civilians from a nation with no military tradition secure the first enduring victory in thirty-two months of warfare with only 10,000 casualties, when the French had lost 150,000 men in their unsuccessful attempt? Pierre Berton's haunting and lucid narrative shows how, unfettered by military rules, civilians used daring and common sense to overcome obstacles that had eluded the professionals. Drawing on unpublished personal accounts and interviews, Berton brings home what it was like for the young men, some no more than sixteen years old, who clawed their way up the sodden, shell-torn slopes in a struggle they innocently believed would make war obsolete. He tells of the soldiers who endured horrific conditions to secure this great victory, painting a vivid picture of trench warfare. In his account of this great battle, Pierre Berton brilliantly illuminated the moment of tragedy and greatness that marked Canada's emergence as a nation."--Amazon.ca
Prisoners of the North by Pierre Berton( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the true stories of five Arctic adventurers who braved the harsh Arctic landscape between the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries
The royal family : the story of the British monarchy from Victoria to Elizabeth by Pierre Berton( Book )

7 editions published between 1953 and 1966 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names

controlled identityKroniuk, Lisa

Berton, Pierre

Berton, Pierre 1920-2004

Berton, Piotr.

Burton, Pierre 1920-2004

Languages
English (397)

French (6)

German (3)

Czech (2)

Covers
The Klondike fever : the life and death of the last great gold rushThe Arctic grail : the quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909Flames across the border : the Canadian-American tragedy, 1813-1814The Dionne years : a Thirties melodramaThe Klondike quest : a photographic essay, 1897-1899The last spike; the great railway 1881-1885The national dream : the great railway, 1871-1881The Great Lakes