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Canadian History for Dummies (edition 2005)

by Will Ferguson

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Title:Canadian History for Dummies
Authors:Will Ferguson
Info:For Dummies (2005), Edition: 2, Paperback, 544 pages
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Ferguson's light, slightly sarcastic tone makes this book a perfect primer for Canadian history. I especially liked the way the multiple sociopolitical forces that shaped the country are outlined right from the start and very clearly designed throughout the text. I would have liked a few more pointers to extra reading material, though, as many events are quite rapidly covered. Also, more and better maps would definitely help, especially for readers unfamiliar with Canadian geography. ( )
1 vote timtom | Dec 7, 2012 |
Still reading it, but very, very good. The author does make the terrible mistake of mentioning that Columbus was thinking that the world was round as a way of getting to India faster. I cannot wait for this myth to die out! No one, I repeat, no one, unless you lived in a cave, thought that the world was flat in the 15th century. This myth that Columbus was trying to prove the world was round is an 18th century invention, and it is too bad that it is halfways included in what is an otherwise excellent book. ( )
  warwulff | Apr 10, 2009 |
A funny and informative book. Will Ferguson really helps keep the book interesting and put a Canadian citizens perspective on some of the historic events. I realize now how little I really knew about Canadian history and plan to do some more research on some events. I wish more information was give on how to get more information of certain subjects. ( )
  Nikkles | Aug 17, 2008 |
A surprisingly good and informative refresher on our history in a nice unbiased nutshell. ( )
2 vote MurphyJesus | Apr 28, 2007 |
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We always knew Canadian history could be fun, and Will Ferguson proves it in his second edition of Canadian History for Dummies. Approachable in the extreme, this text is fun because of Ferguson's undisputed gift for unearthing our national quirkiness and for illuminating those parts of our heritage that make us a unique people. At first the academic reader might register surprise at the choice of author for the Canadian history text in this wildly popular series, but this is truly a match made in editorial heaven. With his arrestingly titled Bastards and Boneheads and Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw, Ferguson has made a strong claim to being the light-hearted guardian of our national popular culture, and this book is true to form, with anecdotes, asides, bullets, and a fast-paced style this book makes Canadian history more user-friendly than ever before. Behind it all, however, is serious and comprehensive Canadian history. Ferguson acknowledges the help of Don Smith--one of our truly great academic historians and textbook authors--and his expertise is evident throughout. But, as headings like "Western alienation or that #%@!* Trudeau" (382) and "Pemmican--Delicious and Nutritious" show, this is Ferguson's book, featuring his unparalleled gift at striking just the right note --William Newbigging

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