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Canadian History for Dummies
     

Canadian History for Dummies

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by Will Ferguson
 

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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

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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!

Discover:

  • 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894413190
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/20/2002
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.15(d)

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"The Brash Young Writer this country has needed for a longtime."
Hamilton Spectator

"Will Ferguson is a talent. He writes refreshingly,provocatively and sometimes eloquently."
Ottawa Citizen

"Ferguson possesses a crafty eye for detail, not to mention ahighly developed understanding of the essential folly in whatpasses for everyday life."
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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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"A smooth read...Ferguson is both insightful andhilarious."
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Praise for Bastards & Boneheads: Canada's GloriousLeaders Past and Present:

"Ferguson...[gives us] an utterly hilarious tour of ourhistorical contradictions."
Calgary Straight

"Don't be fooled. Beneath the campy rhetoric lies a serious andimpressively researched narrative of the pivotal events in Canadianhistory."
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"Ferguson is Canada's myth-buster extraordinaire....His writingis concise, easily digestible, humourous, dramatic, frank, andsometimes shocking."
—-New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

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"A rip-snorting, rib-tickling, white water ride through thiscountry's rich history of outrageous political scandals."
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"Who says Canadian history isn't fun?"
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Meet the Author

Will Ferguson has lived and worked in every region of Canada, from the Okanagan Valley of BC to the farmlands of rural Quebec, from Saskatoon to southern Ontario, from Manitoba to PEI.
He is the author of several bestselling books on Canadian history and culture, including the Leacock Medal for Humour-winning Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw (a travel memoir), and Bastards & Boneheads (a study in Canadian leadership styles). With his brother Ian, he wrote the wildly successful humour book How to Be a Canadian, which sold over 145,000 copies and won the Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year.
Will's debut novel Happiness (originally published under the title Generica) won the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. It has been published in 31 countries and 24 languages around the world.

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Canadian History for Dummies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jmgallen 3 months ago
“Canadian History for Dummies” follows the usual “Dummies” format of dividing its subjects into chapters, in this case chronologically. Multiple topics are included in each chapter. The Second Chapter, “First Contact” (between First Nations and Europeans), for example, has a few paragraphs on the Northwest Passage, the voyages of Martin Frobisher, the explorations of Jacques Cartier and the settlements of Samuel de Champlain and the fate of Henry Hudson. I read this as part of my preparation for a one night continuing education history of Canada class and am very pleased with it. The writing style is leavened by humor and flows smoothly enough to hold the reader’s interest. There is plenty of information that is thematically so as to facilitate understanding of the major concepts of Canadian history while providing supporting facts. Although the second edition is dated, It the most valuable resource I found while conducting my research.