Pierre Berton

Staff, Dec 02, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When I was young my father and I split a membership in the Book of the Month Club. I read quite a lot about the Second World War (Shirer, Churchill, Speer) and read the complete Sherlock Holmes, among other things. But the books I remember most of all had titles like 'The National Dream' and 'Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush'. I may have studied Canadian history in school, but it was Pierre Berton who made it come alive for me. Berton didn't just tell stories with names and dates; he defined for me in a way few others could what it means to be a Canadian. I will miss Pierre Berton, who made me smile even a few weeks ago. Good on you, Pierre!


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