Thursday, October 02, 2008

Fall's History Titles

Trying to keep up with listings of the new books of Canadian history interest, here's a few more:

Northern Armageddon: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, by D. Peter MacLeod. A new telling of the story by a historian from the Canadian War Museum. Nicely ahead of the 250th anniversary next fall.

Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1917-18 by Tim Cook, another member of the prolific War Museum historical team. This is the sequel to last year's At The Sharp End and the concluding volume of Cook's two-volume set, which must now be the authoritative Canada/WWI history.

A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada by John Ralston Saul. Saul's latest search for the meaning of Canada, sure to be lively and insightful, and already noticed for its aphorism that European men who made country marriages with First Nations women during the fur trade centuries were "marrying up."

Rise Up: The Story of Cape Breton Island by Robert J. Morgan. Morgan, southern Ontario boy turned true Cape Breton loyalist and historian, is writing a lively, readable account of the island. From local publisher Breton Books.

Marie Anne: The Extraordinary Story of Louis Riel's Grandmother by Maggie Siggins, the Governor General's Award winning biographer of Riel.
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