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The National Dream:the Great Railway, 1871-1881: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

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ISBN 10: 0771013264 / ISBN 13: 9780771013263
Published by McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, Ontario, 1971
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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439pp/map. including Index. DJ has edgewear, rubbing. Price clipped. "In 1871 a tiny nation, just four years old - its population well below the four million mark - determined that it would build the world's longest and costliest railroad across empty country, much of it unexplored. This decision - bold to the point of recklessness - was to change the lives of every man, woman and child in Canada and alter the future and shape of the nation." Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 005773

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Title: The National Dream:the Great Railway, 1871-...

Publisher: McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, Ontario

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: Later Printing

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In 1871, a tiny nation, just four years old — it's population well below the 4 million mark — determined that it would build the world's longest railroad across empty country, much of it unexplored. This decision — bold to the point of recklessness — was to change the lives of every man, woman and child in Canada and alter the shape of the nation.

Using primary sources — diaries, letters, unpublished manuscripts, public documents and newspapers — Pierre Berton has reconstructed the incredible decade of the 1870s, when Canadians of every stripe — contractors, politicians, financiers, surveyors, workingmen, journalists and entrepreneurs — fought for the railway, or against it.

The National Dream is above all else the story of people. It is the story of George McMullen, the brash young promoter who tried to blackmail the Prime Minister; of Marcus Smith, the crusty surveyor, so suspicious of authority he thought the Governor General was speculating in railway lands; of Sanford Fleming, the great engineer who invented Standard Time but who couldn't make up his mind about the best route for the railway. All these figures, and dozens more, including the political leaders of the era, come to life with all their human ambitions and failings.

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"Pierre Berton is a chronicler of the first order who has brought photographic clarity to the great and the corrupt, to the zealots and the dreamers associated with Canada's first great vision of linking steel threads to the nation's fabric." —Montreal Star

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