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The Last Spike the Great Railway 1881-1885

Berton, Pierre

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ISBN 10: 0771013272 / ISBN 13: 9780771013270
Editorial: McClelland & Stewart, 1971
Condición: Very Good- Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Book Club Edition. Dustjacket is soiled, tattered, torn, and price clipped. Back corners bumped. ; 1.7 x 9.6 x 6.5 Inches. N° de ref. de la librería 43637

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Título: The Last Spike the Great Railway 1881-1885

Editorial: McClelland & Stewart

Año de publicación: 1971

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good-

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Describes the political and financial problems that had to be overcome to complete Canada's first transcontinental railway

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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.

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