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By Pierre Berton | Comments: ( 719 ) | Date: ( Aug 21, 2019 )

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 undertakiIn 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 than 7,000 Chinese workers, toiling and dying in the canyons of the Fraser Valley and many land sharks, construction geniuses, politicians, and entrepreneurs all of whom played a role in the founding of the new Canada west of Ontario.


  • Title: The Last Spike
  • Author: Pierre Berton
  • ISBN: 9780771013348
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Pierre Berton

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 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 a writer and host of a series of CBC programs Pierre Berton has 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 has been awarded than a dozen honourary degrees, is a member of the Newsman s Hall of Fame and a Companion of the Order of Canada.



Comments The Last Spike

  • Szplug

    Pierre Berton was one of Canada's most popular historians, from the Donald Creighton school which opted for abandoning footnotes and references and dry overviews in favor of relating history like a good story—full of anecdote and big personalities—written more to appeal to fiction lovers than scholars. People have nitpicked about inaccuracies and liberties that Berton has taken with his subject matter over the years, but that overlooks his towering strength: the ability to make potentially d [...]


  • Daren Doucet

    If any country in the world had leaders like this, they would have a truly great country!William Cornelius Van Horne, George Stephen, and Sir John A MacDonald strive to create a National Dream. Linking the Canadian landscape from coast to coast, by steel rails.Huge problems existed as with any monumental project,such as the nearly impregnable pass through the Rockies, and the Lake Superior route. With debt problems mounting, and many creditors knocking at their door, it appeared the railway coul [...]


  • Ian Green

    Pierre Burton is simply the best Canadian historical writer. Reads like a fiction, extremely well researched.


  • Michel Bonin

    Wow,This book (and The National Dream) were ones that I have been kicking myself to read for a long time. I credit the the TV series I saw when I was a kid, and my dad having read this also when I was young made me want to read them.Overall its a very good set of books, plenty of tidbits of information to be found in here. Details such as how surveys were done, political intrigue, construction challenges, all of it is in here. I ended up recognizing plenty of historical figures due to street and [...]


  • Holly

    This is "it's not you it's me" situation. The book was written to Berton's normal standards, however I was expecting more of the nuts and bolts of physically building the road - more construction talk, more engineering talk, more talk about the men who lived and died building it. There was a little more politics and a LOT more finance than I was expecting. Spoiler alert: the last spike is hammered in years before the spiral tunnels of Yoho are drilled - and that was one of the things I was reall [...]


  • Steve Tripp

    I didn't like The Last Spike as much as The National Dream but it's still a captivating and interesting book. As a Canadian it further drives home just how significant the Canadian Pacific Railway was in cementing us a unified and geographically diverse young nation. The stories about how cities like Winnipeg, Regina and (one of my hometowns), Revelstoke were settled were fascinating. Learning about the lives of all the men who visioned and financed the undertaking are equally engaging. Seriousl [...]


  • Glenn Schmelzle

    I wish every high school in Canada could get this into the History curriculum.


  • CJ Pentland

    Berton always paints the fine line between novel and history text book, and he again pulls it off here. I found some of the chapters on the financing a little dense, but overall he has a brilliant ability to craft a historical narrative and describe one-of-a-kind individuals.


  • Ralph Cann

    I'd highly recommend this book.It deals with a critical juncture in the history of Canada. Be prepared for some dry and tedious parts but there are also ample fascinating sections. Great character descriptions (eg Van Horne. What an exceptional person!) The plight of some of the workers is highlighted. In particular the Chinese. Lives were expendable. Fortunes were won and lost over land speculation. Louis Riel is painted in a somewhat different and less complimentary light that I expected and h [...]


  • Ty Keith

    I found this to be a very accessible history considering that as a native of the southern United States I am not part of the book's target audience. My limited exposure to Canadian history did not hinder my enjoyment of the material. The inclusion of a characters list and a time-line certainly helped to move me along in my reading of the book, but most of all the solid writing was the book's greatest asset.


  • Dennis Osborne

    I first read this book 25 yrs ago and it remains a fascinating read. This book needs to be read in conjunction with the National Dream and concerns the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. This book is more on the building of the railway, whereas the National Dream is more focused on the politics- both excellent reads


  • Sean MacUisdin

    A bit of a slow start, but it rolled along quite well. The only disappointment was the lack of detail in the every day life of railway construction. There was some, with a chapter for the Chinese and one for the surveyors, but more time was spent on the political and economic aspects of it. Still, quite enjoyable.


  • Larry

    Captivating and well-written book. This provides a full description of the building of the CPR railroad and in doing so provides a picture of Canada in the late 19th century, including Sir John A. Macdonald, the Northwest real estate boom, and the Riel Rebellion.


  • Jen

    Awesome. Like my dad says "the way he writes is like having a conversation." I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but now Berton is high on my radar in this genre. I think all Canadians should know this history because it really seems like a big part of how we became united as a country.


  • Doug

    the continuation of the building of Canada's railroad ans a major part of Canada's history


  • Bryan

    Read this a long time ago, back when I wrote an essay on this topic in grade 8.


  • Abid

    A fine book about our country's unique history in the 1880's, written by one of the hotest ladies men I know of(seriously, his dong was longer than the CPR line!)


  • Debbie

    Another rivetting book by Pierre Berton on the building of the great Canadian railroad. Loved it.


  • Jbondandrews

    I think that this was a very good follow up to the National Dream. Pierre Berton wrote quite a good two volume work about the building of the transcontinental railway.


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