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  • ISBN 0771013345
  • ISBN13 978-0771013348
  • Language English
  • Author Pierre Berton
  • Publisher McClelland & Stewart, 1971 (1971)
  • Formats lrf lrf mobi rtf
  • Category Engineering
  • Subcategory Transportation
  • Size ePub 1759 kb
  • Size Fb2 1914 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 910

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

The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881. The Last Spike: I could not put this book down once I started. The Last Spike has a thrilling plot about a wilderness adventure, but unlike a novel, this is all true and historically accurate.

The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881. Berton tells the amazing story of the building of the railroad across Canada against invincible odds and the remarkable real life characters who made it all possible.

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The Last Spike reconstructs the incredible story of how some 2,000 miles of steel .

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 18811882; 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.

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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.

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.

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Reemiel
One of the more interesting portions of this book deals with the McMullen Papers, the first major scandal to rock the Canadian government. I have had difficulty finding many other secondary sources that go into significant detail & length on what happened, and Berton's account is more of a popular history narrative rather than an academic one (often void of citations). Nonetheless, it does not disappoint at explaining what happened and who was involved. As the Canadian government set out to create their first transcontinental railroad, an allstar cast of bankers, capitalists, and robber barons from the US & Canada come together to try to bribe their way into the exclusive government contract. But American-phobia kicks in, and the Canadian PM realizes that the Canadian people would never allow a cast of American elites to essentially own their railway infrastructure, and tries to get the Americans involved to go home... without returning to them their bribe money.

It is worth mentioning that George Whitman McMullen aka George Washington McMullen, whom the McMullen Papers refers to, is I believe to be a direct ancestor to the late mayor Deedee Corradini McMullen of Utah. I have been trying to track down a living descendant of G. W. McMullen for years without any luck. The family is also known for having been briefly involved in early 20th century defense contracting, and had been proponents of aerial bombers before such things were politically accepted.
Uthergo
Very well written, of course, by Canada's foremost historian, but a little heavy on all the politics involved in the building of the railroad and very little about the construction itself. For those who are particularly interested in the political history of Canada this is certainly an excellent book. As he describes the graft and maneuvering of the politicians and the contractors it shows that people haven't changed much in the last 100 years or so. Regardless of all the intrigue, it is an outstanding feat to have constructed a railroad all the way across the vast expanses of prairies and formidable mountain ranges at a time when a very large degree of the labor was done by manpower instead of horsepower.
Swiang
The Last Spike: I could not put this book down once I started. The Last Spike has a thrilling plot about a wilderness adventure, but unlike a novel, this is all true and historically accurate. Here, as usual, Pierre Berton's meticulous research is evident: He includes a most impressive annotated Bibliography of his primary and secondary sources. Berton tells the amazing story of the building of the railroad across Canada against invincible odds and the remarkable real life characters who made it all possible. I find anything written by Berton to be a great read.
Heri
If you are interested in North American history, then you would love any book by Pierre Berton, whose works are eloquently presented and well-researched. It's also useful to get a perspective by a non-American regarding Canada's struggle to exist and grow next to the U.S.
Irostamore
An interesting book on the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad the western provinces of Canada and the difficulties associated with the project.
Ann
Pierre Burton, Canadian author legend.
Jieylau
I've read this three times and it's always just as good, once you get past the first chapter!
I could read Berton all the time. I enjoy how detailed his writing can be. If you read this book and Peter C. Newman's Company of Adventurers you will be able to answer any trivia question on Canadian history.