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More than 250 Web sites included!

Bone up on the essentials of Canada's history.

Full of great Canadian quotes and quips, this book takes you on a tour of dates, events, leaders, and themes that together tell Canada's story. From the Seven Years' War to the Quiet Revolution, this is your complete guide to Canada's rollicking past. Hang on--it's a wild ride!


  • Canada's greatest leaders
  • Why Canada opted for evolution over revolution
  • How Canada became a savvy peacekeeping nation
  • Lesser-known characters from Canada's past
  • That Canadian history rocks
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"The Brash Young Writer this country has needed for a longtime."
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"[Ferguson] is the quintessential Canadian. He's as Canadian astoques and five percent beer....A Canadian's Canadian."
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"Funny and abrasive...Ferguson does not try to please everyone,a rather un-Canadian approach, and that's just one of the reasonshis book is so much fun to read."
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"Aggressively patriotic...Ferguson show his love for Canada theway an older brother shows his love for a youngersibling—with a wedgie."
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Praise for Bastards & Boneheads: Canada's GloriousLeaders Past and Present:

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894413190
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Ferguson was born and raised in the former fur-trappingcommunity of Fort Vermillon, deep in the backwoods of northernAlberta. "Closer to the Arctic Circle than the American border." ashe likes to say. Will has lived and worked in almost every regionof Canada, from the Okanagan Valley of B.C. to the farmlands ofrural Quebec, from Saskatoon to sourthern Ontario, from Manitoba toP.E.I.

He went to South America as a volunteer with Canada World Youth,and later spent five years in Japan. He has travelled acrossnorthern China, Korea, Indonesia, and mainland Malaysia — butthrough it all has remained stubbornly Canadian.

Will has a degree in Fine Arts (Film & Television) from YorkUniversity in Toronto, and has worked in marketing/publicity, andeven — briefly — as a journalist. His debut book, ahumorous look at Canadian culture entitled, Why I HateCanadians, was a surprise bestseller that allowed him to changecareers suddenly in mid-stream. Ever since then, he has been afull-time writer, specializing in travel and Canadiana.

Will is also the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide toJapan, a travel guide; I Was a Teenage Katima-victim!, ahilarious memoir of his days as a cross-Canada youth volunteer;Hokkaido Highway Blues, a travel narrative; and Bastards& Boneheads: Canada's Glorious Leaders Past and Present, afrank and funny look at Canada's prime ministers and the history ofCanada. He is also the co-author of The Girlfriend's Guide toHockey, a lighthearted and informative guide to Canada'sfavourite sport.

Although he considers himself an "honorary Maritimer" (his family'sroots are in Cape Breton and he lived for several years in theFundy region of New Brunswick), Will recently returned to his homeprovince of Alberta. He now lives in Calgary with his wife, Terumi,and their three-year-old son, Alex.

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Table of Contents


Part I: When Worlds Collide.

Chapter 1: First Nations.

Chapter 2: First Contact.

Part II: The Rise of New France (1608-1701).

Chapter 3: The Early Years.

Chapter 4: Life in New France.

Chapter 5: The Fur Wars.

Part III: The Fall of New France (1701-1766).

Chapter 6: Acadia.

Chapter 7: The Conquest.

Chapter 8: Aftermath.

Part IV: Canada: The Failed Republic? (1766-1838).

Chapter 9: Canada and the American Revolution.

Chapter 10: The War of 1812.

Chapter 11: The Rebellions of 1837.

Part V: The Roads to Confederation (1838-1891).

Chapter 12: The Fight for Responsible Government.

Chapter 13: The Confederation Waltz.

Chapter 14: From Sea to Sea.

Part VI: The End of "English" Canada (1891-1929).

Chapter 16: Borden and the Great War.

Chapter 17: On the Homefront.

Part VII: Dark Days (1929-1959).

Chapter 19: World War II.

Chapter 20: Canada and the Cold War.

Part VIII: Noisy Evolution (1960-2000).

Chapter 21: The Battle for Quebec.

Chapter 22: A Charter Country.

Chapter 23: "Yankee Doodle Dandy": The Mulroney Years.

Chapter 24: Where Do We Go From Here?

Part IX: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Ten Great Canadian Quotations— Pre- andPost-Confederation.

Chapter 26: Five Importand English and French Pairs.

Chapter 27: Ten Important Aboriginal Leaders.

Chapter 28: Ten Political Firsts for Canadian Women.

Chapter 29: The Ten Prime Ministers You Need to Know.

On-Line Resources.


Book Registration Information.

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