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The National Dream

By Berton, Pierre




Pierre Berton was one of Canada’s most popular and prolific authors. From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his fifty books are now Canadian classics.

Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston. He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He wrote columns for and was editor of Maclean’s magazine, appeared on CBC’s public affairs program “Close-Up” and was a permanent fixture on “Front Page Challenge” for 39 years. He was a columnist and editor for the Toronto Star and was a writer and host of a series of CBC programs.

Pierre Berton received over 30 literary awards including the Governor-General’s Award for Creative Non-Fiction (three times), the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and the Gabrielle Leger National Heritage Award. He received two Nellies for his work in broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, and the National History Society’s first award for “distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history.” For his immense contribution to Canadian literature and history, he was awarded more than a dozen honourary degrees, is a member of the Newsman’s Hall of Fame, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Pierre Berton passed away in Toronto on November 30, 2004.


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The National Dream; The Last Spike & The Great Railway, 1871-1881 2 volumes

Berton, Pierre

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1971. 1st ed. thus. full leather. Nice copies. octavo. xii + 478, xiii + 439pp., b/w pls., maps, bibliogs., indexes, Both volumes signed by the author on the title-pages. Some rubbing to leather at head of spines o/w a nice set in original slip-case

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre BERTON

1971-06-06. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre Berton

2001-08-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre Berton

1971-01-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The National Dream : The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre Berton

1989-01-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The National Dream: The Great Railway 1871-1881 AND The Last Spike: The Great Railway 1881-1885

Pierre Berton

McClelland & Stewart, 1977. Hardback (No Dust Wrapper.). Very Good+ - in Very Good Slip Case.. Please note that at 2.4Kg. this book will require additional postage within the UK and to the rest of the world. | Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 9¾" x 6½". [XIII] 439 / [XII] 4pp. Index. | For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition ::

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

BERTON, Pierre

McClelland & Stewart. Hardcover. 0771013264 New Condition. . New.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Anchor Canada, 2001. Paperback. New. 9 x 6 cm.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre BERTON

1971-06-06. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The National Dream; The Great Railway 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1970. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. Very good/Good. xiii, [1], 439, [1] pages. Illustrated endpapers. Maps. Cast of Characters, Chronology. Notes. Bibliography. Index. DJ has some wear, tears, chips and soiling. Pierre Francis de Marigny Berton, (July 12, 1920 - November 30, 2004) was a noted Canadian author of non-fiction, especially Canadiana and Canadian history, and was a television personality and journalist. He won many honors and awards for his many books, An accomplished storyteller, Berton was one of Canada's most prolific and popular authors. He wrote on popular culture, Canadian history, critiques of mainstream religion, anthologies, children's books and historical works for youth. He was also a founder of the Writers' Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada's writing community. Historian C.P. Stacey in 1980, said Berton demonstrated his skill as an anecdotalist, or storyteller, who emphasized the human dimension. The National Dream is a 1970 Canadian non-fiction book by Pierre Berton describing the planning and commencement of the Canadian Pacific Railway between 1871 and 1881. Following the book's success, a 1971 sequel (The Last Spike) described the construction phase between 1881 and 1885. Both books formed the basis for the TV miniseries The National Dream. 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 Sandford 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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The National Dream:the Great Railway, 1871-1881: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart, 1971. 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. Later Printing. Cloth. Very Good+/Very Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

BERTON, Pierre

McClelland & Stewart. Hardcover. 0771013264 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The National Dream; The Great Railway 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart [0-7710-1326-4] 1971, 1st printing. (Hardcover) 439pp. Very good plus in very good dust jacket. Signed on the title page by the author. Bibliography, index, maps. The spine is slightly cocked and the dust jacket is rubbed and edgeworn. (Canada, Canadian Pacific Railway, Railway Companies--Canada).

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The National Dream : The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre ( Written & Edited By )

London: BBC Publications, 1975. Serves as a magnificent reconstruction of this heroic saga in what is an important contribution to Canadian history as well as a book that will bring to life a great adventure and the all-too-human figures who lived it. Clean, large format hardback in an unclipped d/w showing some wear & tear and minor loss to edges and some internal tape repair. The book on which the six-part television series 'The National Dream' was based. Prompt dispatch. . First British Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fair - Repaired. 4to.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre Berton

2001-08-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, c1970. Hardcover. Very good condition torn. 439p. maps Autographed by the author.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881, The Last Spike: The Great Railway, 1881-1885, AND Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899 3 BOOK SET

BERTON, Pierre

McClelland & Stewart, 1971-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. Very good 3 BOOK SET of hardcovers. No DJ's. Text is clean and unmarked. Covers show very minor shelf wear. Bindings tight, hinges strong.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!

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The National Dream; The Great Railway 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart [0-7710-1326-4] [copyright date 1970], later printing. (Hardcover) 439pp. Very good in very good dust jacket. Decorated endpapers, bibliography, index, maps. There is a previous owner's blindstamp on the half-title page. (Canada, Canadian Pacific Railway, Railway Companies--Canada).

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre Berton

Anchor Canada, 2001-08-14. Paperback. Used:Good.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre Berton

McClelland & Stewart, 1970. Soft cover. New. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Second printing 1986- New and Unread- Pierre Berton's The National Dream is the perfect antidote to recommend to anyone who thinks history, especially Canada's history, is boring. Canada's best-known historian takes the seemingly unexciting story of the building of a railroad and tells it with the colour and humor of a master yarn-spinner. The National Dream and its sequel, The Last Spike, published in 1970 and 1971, were two of Canada's biggest best-selling books and were turned into an eight-part series on CBC-TV watched by more people than any other dramatic program in the network's history to that date. The Last Spike won for Berton his third Governor General's Award for non-fiction. The story he tells has no end of crazy and bizarre characters: sleazy politicians, robber baron-style railroad tycoons, corrupt newspaper publishers, many of them considered the political and economic founders of Canada. Somehow, in a few short years, this band of misfits managed to build the world's longest railway across a vast, unforgiving land, much of which was unknown to non-Natives. The project left a mixed legacy. Opposition politicians denounced it as "insane" and "reckless," accurately predicting that the massive spending would lead to a flood of corruption. It almost bankrupted the country and provoked the displacement of the Native peoples of the Prairies from their ancestral lands. The railroad became the spine of an empire, an imperial highway linking Britain with Asia, conveniently paid for by the Canadian public. On the other hand, the railway dream is also credited with binding together a fledgling nation with a steel ribbon. "The dream," wrote Berton, "would be the filling up of the empty spaces and the dawn of a new Canada." --Alex Roslin

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Berton, Pierre

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Berton, Pierre

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Anchor Canada. PAPERBACK. 0385658400 signs of little wear on the cover. . Very Good.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Anchor Canada. PAPERBACK. 0385658400 Remainder mark . Fine.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Anchor Canada. PAPERBACK. 0385658400 Remainder mark . Fine.

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Berton, Pierre

Anchor Canada. PAPERBACK. 0385658400 signs of little wear on the cover. . Very Good.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

BERTON, Pierre

Toronto: McClellan and Stewart Limited, 1970. Hardcover. Small 4to. Orange cloth, dust jacket. xiii, 439pp. 9 maps, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Minor jacket edgewear. Apparently a book club edition, though all the usual indications aren't present -- a handsome copy, in any case. Volume I only.

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The National Dream:the Great Railway, 1871-1881 and The Last Spike: The Great Railway, 1881-1885- Two Volume set

Berton, Pierre

McClelland and Stewart, 1970. Book. Very Good+. Hard Covers. Two volumes in a Very Good+ slipcase. Crease to spine of each volume..

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The National Dream :The Great Railway

Berton, Pierre

M&S, 1970. A fine hardcover in a good dust jacket ( edge wear ) , signed by author . By Author. Hardcover. Fine/Good Plus.

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The National Dream: the Great Railway 1871-1881;

Berton, Pierre:

Toronto 1970. McClelland 8vo/439pp idx: VG/VG POS. .

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

BERTON, Pierre

McClelland & Stewart, 1971-01-01. Hardcover. Good. Signed by author on half title page. No dust jacket. Light foxing on edges of pages and back cover. Not remaindered. Not price-clipped. No writing or markings on pages. Binding is clean and tight with no loose pages. Perfectly readable and intact. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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The National Dream : The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Toronto, ON, Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 1983. Fifteenth Printing . Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very good black trade paperback. Some wear, creasing. (1983), (1970), 8vo, xiii, [1], 439pp. [1], SPADONI & DONNELLY 2152, Artibise 396 Western Canada Since 1870, Aubin and Linteau 11351, Hoy 4392, Arora 28 Louis Riel A Bibiography"The subject of one of television's most exciting mini-series CBC's The national Dream, the FIRST volume of Pierre Berton's classic railway history is available for the FIRST time in its entirety in paperback. This is the stirring story of how a newly formed country determined to build the world's longest and costliest railroad..." "Here is the account of more than seven thousand pigtailed Chinese toiling and dying in the canyons of the Fraser, employed by Andrew Onderdonk who, without the cheap coolie labour, could probably not have completed his contract."

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881 [Import] [Hardcover]

Pierre Berton

McClelland (1970), 1970. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover, very good in a good dust jacket, 1975, 439 pages. S15**USPS Priority mail will be used for most packages**

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Anchor Canada. PAPERBACK. 0385658400 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next! . New.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Anchor Canada. PAPERBACK. 0385658400 *LIKE NEW* Ships Same Day or Next! . Fine.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway 1871-1881

Pierre Berton

McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1972. Later Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: maps. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 439 pp. Binding is tight, spine fully intact. Chips and tears along dust jacket edges. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Illustrator: maps. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: History::Canada; 14858; ISBN: 0771013264. ISBN/EAN: 9780771013263. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 34821. . 9780771013263

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

McClelland (1970), 1970-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Poor. Signed by Author. Signed on the title page by Pierre Berton, the usual way with black marker, this copy is tight and square with a clean unmarked interior..light soiling to the end pages and the dust cover has chunks missing on the top edge and some chips and small tears as well

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The National Dream;The Great Railway 1871-1881

BERTON, Pierre

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1971. Hardcover. Near Fine/Good. 7th ptg. Near fine in good dustwrapper. Book has a mark on fine edge. Dustwrapper is rubbed. Please Note: This book has been transferred to Between the Covers from another database and might not be described to our usual standards. Please inquire for more detailed condition information.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart 1974, 1970 Cover corner slightly bumped, near fine; no dust jacket. Tall 8 vo. (xiii) 439 pp. Maps, cronology, notes, bibliography, acknowledgments, index, orange cloth, illustrated end papers.. Eleventh Printing. Hard Cover.

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The National Dream.

BERTON PIERRE.

The Great Railway 1871-1881. Toronto (McCellan and Stewart) 1974. With nine maps. 439 s. Orig.cloth with dustwrapper. ,

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The National Dream: The Great Railway 1871-1881

Berton, Pierre

Montreal: McClelland and Stewart, 1973. Very Good with Very Good Dustjacket Hardcover, previous owner's inscription, endpaper clipped. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. .

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

BERTON, Pierre

McClelland & Stewart. Hardcover. 0771013264 Canadian first edition, first printing. Published by McClelland & Stewart in 1970. Jacket is in Very Good + condition. Minor waer to spine ends and edges of jacket. Bottom spine area of jacket has a small 1/4 inch tear. Light rubbing to jacket in general. Jacket is NOT price clipped. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Near Fine condition with no bumps or marks. The binding is straight and tight. Previous owners name on front end page. NO remainder mark. Oversize and heavy items may require additional postage. All books are marked down 35% until February 1, 2019. Start stocking up now! . Fine. 1970. First Edition.

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre BERTON

Good. Used book in good condition. Has wear to the cover and pages. Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. Ex-library with the usual stamps. 100% guaranteed. 022219

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The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881

Pierre BERTON

Very Good. Used book in very good condition. Some cover wear, may contain a few marks. Ex-library with the usual stamps. 100% guaranteed. 022219

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NATIONAL DREAM: THE GREAT RAILWAY 1871-1881

BERTON, PIERRE

TORONTO, ONTARIO: MCCLELLAND AND STEWART. VG/G+ DJ LIGHTLY SCUFFED & EDGEWORN. PAGES CLEAN & TIGHT. Pages: 439. . 1974. LATER PRINTING. HARDCOVER..

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The National Dream; The Great Railway, 1871-1881

BERTON, Pierre

hardcover. maps. 439pp. 8vo, cloth, d.w.; (d.w. chipped). Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, (1971).

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THE NATIONAL DREAM : The Last Spike (Abridged By Author)

Berton, Pierre

Toronto, Canada: McClelland and Stewart, 1974. Two volumes in one. Text/New, showing faint margin discoloration. Soft cover/VG w/light edge wear & faint creasings to spine & corners. PO stamp to fEP. Abridged edition of The National Dream and its sequel, The Lake Spike. Chronicle of the building of the Candian Pacific Railroad, presented as an 8-hour television series by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.. First Edition, First Thus. Soft Cover. Very Good/None as Issued. Illus. by Michaek Reichman (Photographer).

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