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Berton, Pierre 1920-2004

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Works: 354 works in 1,135 publications in 2 languages and 28,570 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Biography  Records and correspondence  Anecdotes  Personal narratives‡vCanadian  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author of introduction, Host, Interviewer, Composer, Narrator
Classifications: F127.N8, 971.339
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Niagara : a history of the Falls by Pierre Berton ( Book )
17 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 2,087 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 )
22 editions published between 1958 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,678 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
The Arctic grail : the quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909 by Pierre Berton ( Book )
36 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the nineteenth century quest for the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific, and the North Pole
The Dionne years : a Thirties melodrama by Pierre Berton ( Book )
16 editions published between 1959 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,113 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 )
10 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The invasion of Canada by Pierre Berton ( Book )
6 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Flames across the border : the Canadian-American tragedy, 1813-1814 by Pierre Berton ( Book )
5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Klondike quest : a photographic essay, 1897-1899 by Pierre Berton ( Book )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mysterious north by Pierre Berton ( Book )
32 editions published between 1956 and 1989 in English and held by 659 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 )
8 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and French and held by 623 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 562 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 )
2 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The smug minority by Pierre Berton ( Book )
13 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and French and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The national dream: the great railway, 1871-1881 by Pierre Berton ( Book )
24 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in English and held by 528 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 )
29 editions published between 1960 and 2001 in English and French and held by 519 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 )
20 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
The royal family : the story of the British monarchy from Victoria to Elizabeth by Pierre Berton ( Book )
8 editions published between 1953 and 1966 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Vimy by Pierre Berton ( Book )
17 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beskrivelse af slaget ved Vimy Ridge 1917. Højderyggen, der blev anset for at være uindtagelig, men ikke for 1. Canadiske Korps
Prisoners of the North by Pierre Berton ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 461 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
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Kroniuk, Lisa

Berton, Pierre
Berton, Piotr.
Burton, Pierre 1920-2004
Languages
English (353)
French (10)
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