For the Love of History: Winners of the Pierre Berton Award Bring to Life Canada's Past

For the Love of History: Winners of the Pierre Berton Award Bring to Life Canada's Past

Pierre Berton

Language: English

Pages: 174

ISBN: 0385660898

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Featuring some of Canada’s best known and most admired historians, this collection will appeal to Pierre Berton fans and history lovers everywhere.

For the Love of History features the contributions of outstanding writers who have won recognition for the creative and colourful ways in which they have popularized Canadian history. Including a foreword by Pierre Berton, this book chronicles a diverse and lively range of historical episodes, from an account of early fur-traders and the story of the intriguing life of Isabel Mackenzie King to a dramatic look at the FLQ Crisis. Drawing on the contributors’ skills as acclaimed and inventive storytellers, this book pays lasting tribute to the unrivalled legacy of Pierre Berton.














No wheel of industry turned, no store opened, no streetcar clattered down the streets, no bread or milk was delivered, no game of any kind was played. On Sunday there were only church services. The Protestant sermons were reported fully by all the newspapers, as they also reported the activities of the Christian Endeavor, the Royal Templars of Temperance, the Loyal Orange Lodge, the Masonic order, and the missionary societies beyond numbering. Roman Catholic news was reported when a pope died or a new bishop was appointed.

Cook wrote that “they never said, mind, that I had not found the Pole; they merely said my … [proof] was not absolutely positive. ” In fact, the committee was indignant. There was lacking “to an outrageously inadmissible degree” proof that would suggest Cook had performed any astronomical observations at all. One committee member, Commander Gustav Holm, a noted explorer, declared that Cook’s papers “convict him of being a swindler. ” Knud Rasmussen, who also signed the report and who had been a Cook supporter, called the matter “a scandal.

Lonsdale’s own role in the Cook affair was almost certainly based on an expected financial windfall. Aboard the ship that took them to America, the pair had figured that Cook might easily reap a profit of $1,500,000 from his polar venture in the shape of books, articles, lectures, and testimonials. Now, with his meal ticket fraying at the edges, Lonsdale continued to keep up a bold front. On November 24, Lonsdale helped Cook cut his hair and shave off his moustache. With a black slouch hat half concealing his features, the embattled explorer left by train to take refuge in Toronto from the expected storm.

It was February of 1988 and my wife, Caroline Bamford, and I were spending long days in the cutting room with the internationally co-produced documentary series The Struggle for Democracy which we had begun to develop in the early eighties, and upon which we were now working like hell to get ready for its air date, only eleven months away. There were still a few pickup shoots to do, but most of the work was by then in post-production, recording and re-recording narration segments in both English and French, and working with composers Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon on the original score, which they were arranging for a symphonic orchestra.

COOK WASHINGTON PRAISES DR. COOK’S STORY GERMAN PRESS LEANS TOWARD DR. COOK Cook arrived in New York on September 21 to be greeted by a cheering crowd of either fifty thousand (Times) or “hundreds of thousands” (Herald). The reception both amazed him and filled him with dismay, he said later. From that moment on “my life was a kaleidoscopic whirl of excitement for which I found no reason. ” He likened it to a child’s first ride on a carousel. The world, he said, “seemed engaged in some frantic revel.

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