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Berton, Pierre 1920-2004

Overview
Works: 313 works in 1,288 publications in 3 languages and 29,021 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Biography  Anecdotes  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives‡vCanadian  Church history  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Host, Interviewer, Actor, Composer, Editor
Classifications: G640, 385.0971
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Most widely held works by Pierre Berton
The Klondike fever : the life and death of the last great gold rush by Pierre Berton( Book )

35 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1897 a grimy steamer docked in Seattle and set into epic motion the incredible succession of events that Pierre Berton's exhilarating The Klondike Fever chronicles in all its splendid and astonishing folly. For the steamer Portland bore two tons of pure Klondike gold. And immediately, the stampede north to Alaska began. Easily as many as 100,000 adventurers, dreamers, and would-be miners from all over the world struck out for the remote, isolated gold fields in the Klondike Valley, most of them in total ignorance of the long, harsh Alaskan winters and the territory's indomitable terrain. Less than a third of that number would complete the enormously arduous mountain journey to their destination. Some would strike gold. Berton's story belongs less to the few who would make their fortunes than to the many swept up in the gold mania, to often unfortunate effects and tragic ends. It is a story of cold skies and avalanches, of con men and gamblers and dance hall girls, of sunken ships, of suicides, of dead horses and desperate men, of grizzly old miners and millionaires, of the land -- its exploitation and revenge. It is a story of the human capacity to dream, and to endure." -- Amazon.com
The Arctic grail : the quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909 by Pierre Berton( Book )

41 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the nineteenth century quest for the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific, and the North Pole
The invasion of Canada by Pierre Berton( Book )

35 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To America's leaders in 1812, an invasion of Canada seemed to be "a mere matter of marching," as Thomas Jefferson confidently predicted. How could a nation of 8 million fail to subdue a struggling colony of 300,000? Yet, when the campaign of 1812 ended, the only Americans left on Canadian soil were prisoners of war. Three American armies had been forced to surrender, and the British were in control of all of Michigan Territory and much of Indiana and Ohio. In this remarkable account of the war's first year and the events that led up to it, Pierre Berton transforms history into an engrossing narrative that reads like a fast-paced novel. Drawing on personal memoirs and diaries as well as official dispatches, the author has been able to get inside the characters of the men who fought the war-the common soldiers as well as the generals, the bureaucrats and the profiteers, the traitors and the loyalists. Berton believes that if there had been no war, most of Ontario would probably be American today; and if the war had been lost by the British, all of Canada would now be part of the United States. But the War of 1812, or more properly the myth of the war, served to give the new settlers a sense of community and set them on a different course from that of their neighbours. From the Trade Paperback edition
Niagara : a history of the Falls by Pierre Berton( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,280 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 Dionne years : a Thirties melodrama by Pierre Berton( Book )

17 editions published between 1959 and 2007 in English and French and held by 1,050 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 )

11 editions published between 1953 and 1965 in English and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impossible railway; the building of the Canadian Pacific by Pierre Berton( Book )

10 editions published between 1970 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flames across the border : the Canadian-American tragedy, 1813-1814 by Pierre Berton( Book )

6 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mysterious north by Pierre Berton( Book )

38 editions published between 1956 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 651 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 )

12 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 594 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 )

11 editions published between 1971 and 2001 in English and held by 522 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 Great Lakes by Pierre Berton( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The smug minority by Pierre Berton( Book )

11 editions published between 1967 and 2012 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The national dream : the great railway, 1871-1881 by Pierre Berton( Book )

29 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story leading up to the signing of the contract for the CPR
Klondike; the last great gold rush, 1896-1899 by Pierre Berton( Book )

30 editions published between 1963 and 2011 in English and French and held by 503 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 souther 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
Vimy by Pierre Berton( Book )

28 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 476 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
The royal family : the story of the British monarchy from Victoria to Elizabeth by Pierre Berton( Book )

9 editions published between 1953 and 1966 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prisoners of the North by Pierre Berton( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 458 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 Great Depression, 1929-1939 by Pierre Berton( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 384 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
 
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Niagara : a history of the Falls
Alternative Names

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Berton, Pierre

Berton, Pierre 1920-2004

Berton, Pierre Francis de Marigny 1920-2004

Berton, Piotr.

Burton, Pierre 1920-2004

Pierre Berton author and journalist

Pierre Berton Canadees journalist

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Languages
English (429)

French (6)

German (5)

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The Arctic grail : the quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909The invasion of CanadaNiagara : a history of the FallsThe Dionne years : a Thirties melodramaThe Klondike quest : a photographic essay, 1897-1899Drifting homeThe last spike; the great railway 1881-1885The Great Lakes