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Pierre Berton was born in and raised in the Yukon. After the military, Berton went to Vancouver where he began his career at a newspaper.

The Building of a Transcontinental Railway in Canada: [extract] (1910)

At 21, he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He moved to Toronto in , and at the age of 31 was named managing editor of Maclean's. He joined The Toronto Star as an associate editor and columnist in , leaving 4 years later in '62 to commence The Pierre Berton Show, which ran until He has received numerous honourary degrees and served as the Chancellor of Yukon College. Berton has also won a Nellie Award for best public broadcaster in radio in , the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for non fiction in, and the Canadian Booksellers Award in A solid telling of the politics behind the building of the CPR, Canada's first national railway.

My only regret was the discovery that the actual story of its construction only really gets going in the sequel, "The Last Spike".

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Pierre Berton. Walmart Only 1 left! Book Format: Paperback. Add to List. Add to Registry. In , 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. 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. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it.

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