The Last Spike The Great Railway 1881-85 Berton Toronto 1971


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The Last Spike The Great Railway 1881-85 by Pierre Berton

Recounts the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway which achieved the unification of Canada. Here is the account of more than seven thousand pigtailed Chinese toiling and dying in the canyons of the Fraser, employed by Andrew Onderdonk who, without the cheap coolie labour, could probably not have completed his contract. Recreates the adventures that were part of this vast undertaking: the railway on the brink of bankruptcy, with one hour between it and ruin; and the extraordinary land boom of Winnipeg in 1881.


  • Author Signed Copy
  • Publisher McClelland and Stewart Ltd., Toronto; 1971
  • Red Cloth Hardback, 478 pp
  • Contains 17 maps
  • Size 245 x 170mm, 1.3kg
  • ISBN 0 7710 1327 2

Condition: Good – No Dust Jacket, Fading To Spine, No Inscriptions, Good Copy

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Weight 1.3 kg


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