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The Last Spike The Great Railway 1881-1885 (1974 Hardback)


£25.00

Very good condition used Hardback
with intact Dust Jacket.

1974 Tenth Printing Published by
McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, Canada.
Author: Pierre Berton.
ISBN: 0771013272.
Approx dims: 245mm h x 170mm w x 40mm d.

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The Last Spike The Great Railway 1881 – 1885

Condition and Description:

Very good condition used Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

1974 Tenth Printing Published by McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, Canada.
Author: Pierre Berton.
ISBN: 0771013272.
Approx dims: 245mm h x 170mm w x 40mm d.

Intact clean/ slightly sunned condition DJ covers with some creasing, small tears to edges & signs of handling. Intact spine. Dust Jacket over very good condition red cloth boards. 478 clean/ slightly off white pages of English text with 17 b&w line maps, no inscriptions. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of The Last Spike The Great Railway 1881 – 1885:

”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.”