Best canadian history books according to redditors

We found 611 Reddit comments discussing the best canadian history books. We ranked the 316 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Canadian exploration history books
19th century Canadian history books
20th century Canadian history books
First Nations Canadian history books
Canadian founding history books
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Canadian war of 1812 history books

Top Reddit comments about Canadian History:

u/chloroformdyas · 77 pointsr/hockey

Maybe the fact this one got made hindered Snoop's project -

Soul on Ice

Also there is a book called Black Ice which is interesting

u/jonahkeri · 53 pointsr/baseball

Thanks so much for hosting me, Reddit! As mentioned earlier, "Up, Up, & Away" comes out today and is available at bookstores near you, online (, as an e-book (, and in various other places.

No BS, it's a superfun book, it has chunks of my soul in every page (someone suggested that makes the book a horcrux, which is pretty brilliant), and I think you'll really dig it.

If I missed your questions, hit me up on Twitter @jonahkeri. I'm usually pretty good about answering tweets, especially if you're willing to wait until after this crazy book launch week ends.

Oh and I'll be a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers on April 22, which is completely insane. Thinking about wearing a beanie propellor just to emphasize the out-of-my-league nerditry of the situation.

Thanks again! A bientot.

u/RockDots · 24 pointsr/hockey

Harper was a big hockey fan, even wrote a history book about the early days of the game.

u/sopsign7 · 17 pointsr/history

I taught history for eight years in public schools and was interested in this myself. A book that I really think you should check out is History Lessons by Dana Lindaman. She has chapters where she looks at the same historical event from multiple perspectives - the American Revolution from Canada, France, Great Britain, the Caribbean, and Germany. It does a good job of looking at the same events that we're used to, but also bringing up collateral issues that weren't important enough to be included in American textbooks that had a very large impact on other countries. Her section on World War II in the Pacific includes information from the Japanese and Filipino perspective.

This only covers World War I, but Intimate Voices from the First World War by Svetlana Palmer does a fantastic job of bringing in different perspectives from people in World War I. The accounts from Piete Kuhr, a young girl in Germany, are particularly haunting to me because it was showing how everyone back at home was suffering, too.

Not too sure about the education system in the UK, but they have what's called the GCSEs for students between ages 11-16. Might be about the level you're looking for. Pearson has some books on particular subjects for the GCSE. Another company, CGP, has some books, too. You may contact those companies or others, explain your situation, and ask for something like an instructor's copy, teacher's copy, or examination copy of a textbook. I remember being able to get a few free textbooks using that procedure when I was still in the classroom. Good luck!

u/shadowsweep · 16 pointsr/aznidentity

well, let's remember a few things..

Nazis were inspired by Americans


And Nazi war criminals were exonerated and integrated into America [another Nazi state].


America is literally the heart and soul of Nazism.

u/cypressgreen · 15 pointsr/MorbidReality

Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894

The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche

Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917

Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903

To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire

"One late summer's day, the yacht Trashman set sail from Annapolis to Florida. On board were five young people: John, the captain; Meg, Mark, Brad, and Debbie Scaling. When the boat sailed into a gale, the eighty-knot winds shredded the sails. Forty-foot seas crashed through the cabin windows, and Trashman sank, leaving the crew adrift in a rubber dinghy. Albatross tells the story of how Debbie and Brad survived and how the tragedy changed Debbie Scaling's life forever."

have not read yet, supposed to be good:
Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival

u/dulian85 · 14 pointsr/UpliftingNews

This sounds like the book I just read. I'm pretty sure it is. It's called The day the world came to town. Great read.

u/bcanders2000 · 12 pointsr/writing

One thing I found useful was reading biographies or histories of soldier's lived lives in combat (e.g. Vimy, Forsaken Army). Anything that gets into first hand accounts of soldiers' experiences in battles. I find how their descriptions differ from a typical armchair author is they often portray the visceral experience of combat. The whump of an explosion kicking through the window and punching them in the chest with a force that picks them off their feet and dashes them into the far wall; the nip of bullets sending shards of wood raining down soldiers taking cover behind trunks of trees. I find including those elements adds a lot of gritty action.

The other thing that comes across is battle is chaotic and fluid. People just die, and at times it almost seems random. A sea of bullets are sailing across the battlefield, and whether a soldier lives or dies comes down to if they are standing in the wrong place in the wrong time. Advances flow into retreats. People are wounded, and they scream, and they scream, and they scream. Victory is not a straight line, and neither is defeat. Adding these elements I find creates a sense of danger, especially if you've established you are willing to kill off or punish your characters.

u/arsenefinger · 11 pointsr/toronto

I'd recommend Pierre Berton's Vimy for a detailed yet engaging account of what the battle was like for the people involved, and what the victory meant for Canada as a nation.

u/Jay911 · 10 pointsr/todayilearned

Yes, is true. It was SL-1 in Idaho Falls. There was a book made which went into exquisitely gory detail. You've essentially got the big details right.

The emergency response was absolutely staggering too - servicemen driving the ambulance with the irradiated body in it balls-out for x seconds at a time because anything further would go over their maximum dose.

Not to mention how the autopsies and burials had to be done.

u/farbohydrate · 9 pointsr/todayilearned

Noam Chompsky goes into some detail on this and other similar situations in Hopes and Prospects. Very insightful book, but it made me very disappointed at the lesser known details of the past 100 years.

Edit: Incorrectly added a 'p' to Chomsky, but not fixing since it gives relevance to the replies. Not sure why I'm getting downvoted though since it's completely relevant to the topic. Oh well.

u/jarrettwold · 9 pointsr/pics

Can confirm, grandmother is from Newfoundland. Also, this book tells a neat story.

u/911bodysnatchers322 · 8 pointsr/conspiracy

Ask and ye shall receive.

Gnostic Globalists / Fascists

u/TheAgora · 8 pointsr/AskSocialScience

Political Science graduate student here. I'm going to recommend a few books that are most frequently found on "introduction to... " university courses. All of these books are considered the cream of the crop as introductory texts. They avoid political science jargon, and if they do use jargon, there are glossaries to help.

World Politics: Baylis, Smith, Owens (2011), The Globalization of World Politics This is a large volume, but on nearly every introductory global politics curriculum. I highly recommend it for building a framework from which to understand world issues. Being a textbook, it is neutral and doesn't push one position over another. Excellent if you want to know:

  • how we got to where we are now (history)
  • how leaders, diplomats and academics think about the issues, and why they take the actions they do (theories)
  • how countries have solved problems and deal with each other (structure and processes),
  • what are the current major issues in global politics (international issues)

    American Politics: Lowi, et. al., (2009), American Politics This is on many introductory American politics syllabi, and is an excellent resource for understanding American government, and current issues in American politics.

    Canadian Politics: Malcolmson and Myers, 2009, The Canadian Regime Outstanding introduction to Canadian government. It will hold your hand through the sometimes confusing structure and processes of the Canadian system. If you would like to compare the American system to another country, why not look up north. A study of the Canadian system will help to highlight the successes and failures of the American system.

    European Politics: Hay and Menon, 2007, European Politics Great overview on individual European countries, the processes leading up to the European Union and then how Europe manages itself as a continent.

    British Politics: Judge (2005) Political Institutions in the United Kingdom. Very clear and easy to understand introduction. In political science, publishing date is very important, so try to find the latest edition of any text. Even 2005 is old, but in this case, it's a really good book if you have no background in British government.

    ALSO: Make sure you distinguish between "government" (institutions) and "politics" (processes and issues) when choosing what you want to read.
u/lavender_ · 8 pointsr/TheHandmaidsTale

It reminded me of The Day the World Came to Town about when a small town in New Foundland took in passengers from 38 jetliners that couldn't get into the US after 9/11. Just that idea of people coming together and embodying love and compassion through tragedy. It's good.

u/jarret_g · 7 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

The day the world came. Halifax was similar but Halifax sees a lot of international flights to begin with. Gander was all just like "Hey buddy come on in for some tea"

u/GoaliesArentVodou · 7 pointsr/hockey
u/Parintachin · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

u/[deleted] · 7 pointsr/worldnews

Protip: College students with a .edu address can get Amazon Prime for free (one year) which gives you free two day shipping.

Link to Chomsky's book:

u/Pamplemousse47 · 7 pointsr/hockey

Harper loves hockey. He wrote a book on hockey. Chill.

u/BenStrike · 6 pointsr/baseball

If you want a really good book on this Jonah Keri's new one is great.

u/violent_robot_penis · 6 pointsr/chemicalreactiongifs

from reading a book about the SL-1 incident, the writer alludes to the fact that it was a poor design. the control rods cadmium coating was flaking off making the reactor easier to go critical.
here is the book I'm referring too:

u/redalastor · 5 pointsr/Quebec

Used copy for 5 bucks on Amazon.

> Is this something I can read without a background in Canadian history (I'm American)?

Absolutely, this book is the too often missing background people have. You can't understand the history of Quebec's politics if you don't know what dark history triggered it.

u/PantalonesPantalones · 5 pointsr/MapPorn

There's a really good documentary about flights that got diverted to a small town in Canada. The townspeople all showed up with food, toiletries and supplies, and watched the news with the Americans. One couple on the flight were trying to get ahold of their FDNY son.

They... never did.

I think this is the movie: .

u/VulcansGM · 5 pointsr/baseball

"Up, Up, and Away" by Jonah Keri is a history of/love letter to the Montreal Expos.

""Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s" by Jason Turnbow covers the Charlie Finley A's.

"Big Data Baseball" by Travis Sawchik is a Moneyball-style look at the early 2010's Pirates, data analysis in baseball, and the origins of today's shifting techniques and importance of pitch framing.

u/accio7 · 5 pointsr/baseball

/u/MTLNewStadium summarized it really well, but, if you are interested in learning more, Jonah Keri explained the situation in further detail in his great book.

u/woke_sikh · 5 pointsr/metacanada

I understand most Canadians would not know much about the history of india and sikhs during the 80s. But IN MY OPINION the attack was carried out by the Indian government as a false flag during a time when Sikhs were being killed in india. There is a reason that Sikhs have migrated out of india in such large numbers. They did not feel safe in their home state located in India.

The book linked below (not written by a Sikh) goes through the discrepancies in the investigation and how the Indian government had a role to play in the attack. The Canadian government could not rightfully blame the Indian government for the attack due to international politics.

There is no call for violence in the Sikh religion. Historically Sikhs have only ever taken up arms for self defense. The idea of Sikh extremists is absurd and was a narrative pushed and still pushed by India.

Product Description

A provocative look at one of Canada's biggest tragedies 

On March 16, 2005, almost twenty years after one of the biggest mass murders in Canadian Aviation history, the Air-India Case concluded with a verdict that authors Zuhair Kashmeri and Brian McAndrew predicted sixteen years ago when Soft Target was first published: not guilty. 
In this second edition, the two offer a detailed foreword that brings readers up-to-date with some startling new information surrounding the twin bombings on June 23, 1985 in the air over the Atlantic, and on the ground in Japan, which left 331 people dead. They offer key details from the trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri that took place in a specially-built Vancouver courtroom, leads that were not followed up, and more details of India's intelligence service's clandestine interference in Canada. They explain how their own prediction that justice would not be found because of a botched investigation came true, and that only a public inquiry will offer closure to the families of the victims.


Praise for the first edition: 
"There is much documented and useful information in Soft Target, which often reads like a spy thriller. The authors weave Sikh politicians, RCMP officers, CSIS agents and Indian consuls into a fascinating story." ( Calgary Herald) 

Praise for the first edition: 
"The book deals with a difficult subject and does so honestly and painstakingly. ... Its strength is that is presents the results of its investigations. Unless these are refuted, or some one comes up with a more credible explanation of these events, the book would remain as the most useful document on the subject." ( Ottawa Citizen)

About the Author

ZUHAIR KASHMERI is an award-winning journalist and author. For more than a decade, he was a reporter for the Globe and Mail. He is an editor, writerand broadcaster and lives in Toronto. 

BRIAN McANDREW lives in Toronto where he is the environment reporter for The Toronto Star. Originally from Niagara Falls, he has won several awards for his environmental coverage, including two from The Canadian Science Writers' Association.

u/dswartze · 5 pointsr/hockey

For what it's worth the Stephen Harper that wrote this book is the Stephen Harper that was prime minister when the book was published.

That never made me like him though.

u/5ABIJATT · 5 pointsr/toronto

If you actually want to read about this event instead of hearing the typical "Yah but Sikhs are bad because of blah blah blah" argument that comes from India's right-wing, the book Soft Target written by Brian McAndrew (of the Globe and Mail), Soft Target is recommended.

"On March 16, 2005, almost twenty years after one of the biggest mass murders in Canadian Aviation history, the Air-India Case concluded with a verdict that authors Zuhair Kashmeri and Brian McAndrew predicted sixteen years ago when Soft Target was first published: not guilty. In this second edition, the two offer a detailed foreword that brings readers up-to-date with some startling new information surrounding the twin bombings on June 23, 1985 in the air over the Atlantic, and on the ground in Japan, which left 331 people dead. They offer key details from the trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri that took place in a specially-built Vancouver courtroom, leads that were not followed up, and more details of India's intelligence service's clandestine interference in Canada."

tl;dr - India bombed Air India, CSIS found out and noped the f**k out of the investigation.

u/BabysInBlack · 4 pointsr/vancouver

Vancouver Special by Charles Demers is worth a read for the same reason.

u/Bernie530 · 4 pointsr/news

Gander welcomed travelers in to their churches, schools, and homes. Some independent travelers went to Canadian Tire (like a small Wal Mart with more auto stuff) to buy tents and sleeping bags. The store would not take their money.

A friend of mine was the air traffic controller on for that event. He recalls doing a months worth of work in about 4 hours. And then the logistics of handling that many jets at his small airport. They were dragging them out in to farmers fields.

There is a book and documentary on that day:

I have spent three 9-11 anniversaries in Gander. It was special. Met people who came back to see people that became friends from that awful day. Really a special place.

u/Radical_Mzungu · 4 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

You're damn right. If you like the essay, I have to plug the book:

He just goes off on the most scathing critique of US empire you've ever read in an extended written ramble, then offers a year-by-year breakdown of every single action of the United States Military from 1776 - 2003 (when the book was published), including the numerous atrocious incursions on Native communities, and offers another year-by-year breakdown of every illegal US action from 1776-2003. Really great book, one of my favorites, and he lost his job at CU Boulder over it.

u/1stOnRt1 · 4 pointsr/PoliticalHumor

For anyone interested, my favourite book on Gander and 9/11

u/sylpheed · 4 pointsr/vancouver

Fellow Vancouver enthusiast and local of 8 years here, I can't recommend this book highly enough: The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver. I think it's somewhat rare these days, so good luck finding a copy at a reasonable price! It's an absolute treasure of a book, one of my all-time favourites. It's essentially the author's life's work - funny, poignant, exhaustively comprehensive and full of obscure human interest stories. I can also recommend Vancouver Special by Charles Demers, a local comedian and longtime Vancouver resident. Derek Hayes' historical atlases are quite good as well.

u/gatowman · 4 pointsr/nuclear

This author is pretty good. Atomic Accidents, Atomic Awakening, and Atomic Adventures are all great reads and are also available in audiobook. I drive 10-14 hours a day so audiobooks are my thing.

Idaho Falls is pretty good too since it heavily details the first big atomic accident ever if you don't count Kyshtym. I enjoy reading about accidents and what caused them since each accident was a teachable moment in the industry.

Also look into biographies of Oppenheimer, the Curies, Fermi, and Niels Bohr.

u/iggybdawg · 4 pointsr/Libertarian
u/liegah · 4 pointsr/CanadaPolitics

Consider that residential schools led to the complete extermination of approximately 50 indigenous languages and associated near-complete or total loss of distinctive culture for about as many peoples.

Consider that the death rate at some residential schools (as high as 60%) compared to the death rates for children in white schools in the same area at the same time (5%) is actually comparable to the difference in the death rate rate compared between some of the Nazi extermination camps (35 - 90%) and regular camps for ethnic German citizens and Western PoWs (~3%).


  • An intentional government policy aimed at cultural extermination.

  • The carry-out of that government policy was uninterrupted even when the majority of children subjected to it died.

  • Human medical experimentation was done on the children.

  • Instances where the majority of the population subjected to the policy died.

  • So they used mass graves because they died too quick to bother with individual burials.

  • With the little children digging the graves of their own school friends knowing full-well they'll probably be next.

  • And clever use of novel means to speed up mass extermination (biological warfare / gassing).

    The end result sure looks the same. There aren't many Jews in Europe. And there sure aren't many Snokomish or Penlatch people left -- every last one was exterminated.

    The numbers and the consequences sure look genocidal for certain periods, especially at the peak in the early 20th century.

    Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life is a recent book that thoroughly details the means by which the Canadian state, in parallel to the American, used disease, geographic displacement, starvation, isolation, interment and the occasional bout of literal mass murder, to effectively depopulate much of the continent.
u/TomServoHere · 3 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

I'm with /u/Str8OuttaFlavortown on this not really fitting this subreddit's rules, but it really is a compelling story. If interested, check out Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald.

u/thisismyusernameOK · 3 pointsr/hockey

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

I'm saying this apolitically. I don't even live in Canada anymore, but he's the perfect fit. He absolutely loves hockey - he's a 'leader', he's been in office for almost 10 years (meaning he'll be done soon), and he is a diplomat.

Oh yeah, and he's a hockey historian:

I have a feeling this would be a perfect job for him, and I actually think he'd do a great job running the NHL.

He supports bringing more teams to Canada too - and if anyone can do it, the former PM of Canada is the man.

Remember Condi Rice said her dream job is the Comish of the NFL?

u/Mister_Kurtz · 3 pointsr/hockey

Our past Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is a huge hockey fan and wrote a book about hockey.

I didn't hear a lot of hockey analogies out of him.

u/ThornyPlebeian · 3 pointsr/canada

I recommend Malcomson and Myers' The Canadian Regime

It deals with how the Canadian bureaucracy functions, along with the structure of Canadian governance institutions. It's fairly introductory, but makes for a simple if not easy to digest read.

u/redcolumbine · 3 pointsr/UpliftingNews

Here's a really enjoyable book about this incident:

u/satanicwaffles · 3 pointsr/hockey
u/gaunt79 · 3 pointsr/chernobyl

I rather enjoyed The Truth About Chernobyl by Grigori Medvedev, because it went into greater detail on the Soviet engineering philosophy that contributed to the event. Fire in the Rain: The Democratic Consequences of Chernobyl by Peter Gould was also interesting for the analysis of how various countries in western Europe reacted.

On a different topic, Idaho Falls: The Untold Story of America's First Nuclear Accident by William McKeown is a fascinating look at the SL-1 criticality event, a more obscure incident in the history of nuclear power.

u/CanadianHistorian · 3 pointsr/AskHistorians

Well, it depends - what sort of history are you interested in? A broad overview? Political history? The wars? Labour history? Gender?

Actually a really good book for non historians to get a feel for Canadian History is Will Ferguson's Canadian History for Dummmies. I used it while studying for my comprehensive exams... though clearly as an aid, not a real text or anything. It doesn't get everything right, but it's a good, light attempt at examining Canadian history in a somewhat critical way.

u/JJGordo · 3 pointsr/baseball

Three Nights in August by Buzz Bissinger -- A through-the-eyes-of-Tony-La-Russa recounting of a pivotal three game series between the Cardinals and Cubs in August 2003.

The Last Boy by Jane Leavy -- Not only an exceptional (!) biography of Mickey Mantle, but also a wonderful look into what life was like at the time as both a fan and as a professional baseball player. Notable stories about the Yankees and its many players of that era, Willie Mays, Duke Snyder.

The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst -- A hilariously honest and at-times brutal telling of what life is like as a minor league, "non-prospect" pitcher.

Up, Up, and Away by Jonah Keri -- Because the Expos are amazing, and I love and miss them.

u/50calPeephole · 3 pointsr/boston

There is a great book "Curse of the Narrows" that talks about the explosion- things that happened are amazing.

u/unclefishbits · 3 pointsr/Damnthatsinteresting

OMG I get to say it in this thread, and another thread taught me:

This is a WONDERFUL BOOK about the citizens of the town where the airport was... and how they took care of everyone. Someone lent teenage lovers a car to get away from the mess, others brought blankets, entertainment, etc. It's a heartwarming, WONDERFUL tale of love and kindness. I guess we could use that right about now.

u/SunRaAndHisArkestra · 3 pointsr/canada

>Get rid of the charter or rights or create a charter of rights and responsibilities.

>Get rid of hyphenated Canadians. In or your out, choose.

>Solve the native problem, either return canada to them and leave, or they become the same as everyone else, no special rights.

>Canadian and Canadian Citizenship should be synonymous but isn't right now.

>Get rid of multi-culturalism as a vision, no nation has ever been successful like that, instead teach tolerance and to value different perspectives.

While I see your point here, I would disagree with you. In my mind and the minds of some of our greatest thinkers this fact has been our greatest strength. You mentioned "Become a truly bilingual country", but perhaps the fact that we hold bilinugalism so dear is that we realize that we are a State made of many Nations. Quebec and the Quebequois are one.

As to your hyphenation point, I'd argue we are all hyphenated, except for the Natives and it is a shame we don't give two shits about them. The fact that you can be a hypenated Canadian is the top reason (in my limited experience) why immigrates appreciate coming here. They understand that in Canada you can be Canadian and you can be Indian, Chinese etc. My partner is Vietnamese, born in Paris, and calls herself Canadian, French, and Vietnamese depending on the context. Infuriating when having an argument with her, yes, but that doesn't mean it's invalid.

As a final point, your idea that we should be a melting pot and not a mosaic is premised on flawed ideas of nationhood based on the European and US models. John Ralson Saul's recent book on this topic, A Fair Country clarified greatly my thoughts in this area. If you don't want to read it his lecture is online both from CBC Ideas and TVO Big Ideas and highly recommended.

Canada, since before first contact and after, has always been (in its ideals, granted) a conversation between parties. And I think that the fact that Europe and the US are having problems with their immigrant populations while we accept more immigrates that any other nation in the world speaks to the success we have made of our model.

The above does not white-wash the negative aspects. It is admittedly a normative claim.

u/drunk_escapades · 3 pointsr/metacanada

I am utterly convinced that Canada's, and specifically Harper's recent politics of fear (after all, no politician prior to 2006 had ever used fear tactics) irrefutably proves that Harper is the 21st century version of Hitler. It is only a matter of time before innocent civilians are profiled and detained for simple matters of free thought and speech.

The parallels between Harper and Hitler are too strong to ignore.

Firstly, both politicians published their own manifestos for controlling the masses:

  • Exhibit A
  • Exhibit B

    Second, both politicians had majority control of their respective governments.

  • Exhibit A
  • Exhibit B. Note how Harper has yet to eliminate the opposition in his respective parliament, Trudeau is literally the only person who can save us from absolute tyranny.

    Finally, both leaders , nay, dictators forced oppressive legislation upon the masses, to cement their statuses as iron dictators of their nations.

  • Exhibit A
  • Exhibit B . Note how we are all considered terrorists under the CPC reign of fear/terror.

    Wake up sheeple. The end is nigh. #HeaveStephen2015
u/ayatollah77 · 2 pointsr/canada

Thanks so much for the reply! I'll definitely look into all of that.

One of the best times I've had discussing/learning about Vimy was a couple years ago at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. I was visiting at the time, and have since moved here so I'm planning on going back. Anyway, that's beside the point. We were wandering around the museum, and came upon the Vimy Ridge area and an older man who was a volunteer came and asked if we wanted to have him guide us through. I felt like I knew a fair bit about the battle already, having read books like Vimy and spending time in libraries etc, but we decided why not eh! Wow, best decision BY FAR. Not only the way he was able to tell the story, but all the info he had along with private letters and stories that have never been published. We ended up spending over an hour and a half JUST in the Vimy area talking about it, and learning and hearing many new stories. To this day I hope I could go back and find this particular volunteer to go through again. He had a wealth of knowledge on Passchendaele as well. He had photos from a trip he'd taken out there to show what it all looked like now, most interesting being looking at the area where Passchendaele took place from the same vantage point as the giant photo on the wall in the museum.

Anyway, I ramble, but thanks so much for the reply and info. Also if you've never been I highly recommend the War Museum. Hopefully I'll get back there and find that particular volunteer.

u/cellequisaittout · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Read this.

u/zudnic · 2 pointsr/IconicImages

There is a book called The Day the World Came to Town

u/220hertz · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

If any of you are interested, I'd suggest Jim DeFede's The Day the World Came to Town. It's a well written account of what went on in Gander, N.L. on Sept. 11 and the following days. Being an Atlantic Canadian, I was impressed by how he captured the whole thing without making Newfies sound like bumpkins. Good read, highly recommended.

u/soxy · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

There's a book called The Day The World Came To Town. that covers this.

u/CaptnNorway · 2 pointsr/HFY

In my eyes "The day the world came to town" is the most HFY book that exists, mainly because it's true. There's no humans being better than everyone and generally being loudmouthed warmongers, but you still read with a smile on your face and think "I'm glad I'm human"

The book describtion:
"For the better part of a week, nearly every man, woman, and child in Gander and the surrounding smaller towns stopped what they were doing so they could help. They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers and asked for nothing in return. They affirmed the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity still existed."

amazon link

u/countercom2 · 2 pointsr/Sino

You sure about that?

The Asian subs are constantly brigaded by ccj and other kkk type racists and reddit mods look the other way. Quit crying racism. The reason many groups have contempt for your race is because of all the past and present crimes and sanctimonious hypocrisy.


Aware Africans, Native Indians, Middle Eastern "rapefugees", Hawaiins, Mexicans, Chinese, Laotians, Cambodians, Koreans, Japanese, Filipinos didn't wake up and decide to hate white people. You guys earned it.

What should we call a nation that exonerates war criminals?

routinely destroys innocent countries (that's just a tiny sample)

and then lectures about human rights and rule of law?

jesus? manifest destiny? white man's burden? civilizing mission? indispensable nation? American exceptionalism?

Don't be salty when people call out the hypocrisy.

u/spacekadet101 · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Chiming in with the other recommendations to watch the Big Short,

There is also this documentary, Goldman Sachs: the bank that rules the world, available on Netflix,

This article from Al Jazeera,

If you're looking for a more in depth read, i would also recommend Chomsky,

u/njgreenwood · 2 pointsr/baseball

I cannot recommend Jonah Keri's book, Up, Up, and Away, enough. All about the history of the Expos.

u/QNIA42Gf7zUwLD6yEaVd · 2 pointsr/canada

Just to make it easier to find - it's spelled "Pierre Berton", not "Burton". Also, "Hostages to Fortune" was written by Peter C. Newman, not Pierre Berton (more about Newman below).

Here's Berton's list of books.

Some great foundational stuff about Canada is as /u/MonotheistThrowaway describes, in the 1812 things. There's also other stuff by him that's excellent:

"The National Dream" and "The Last Spike", about the construction of the railroad across Canada.

"The Great Depression", which of course is about the Great Depression.

"Vimy", which is about the Canadians at Vimy Ridge in 1917. It's not especially "scholarly", but it's incredibly accessible and a riveting read.

"The Arctic Grail", which is about the many attempts to find the North-West Passage. See also the Stan Rogers song about this. It's a pretty key piece of Canadian history.

There is lots and lots more in his bibliography. If you go out of your mind and decide to read all of his work, you'll probably know more about Canadian history and identity that 95% of those born here.

Peter Newman wrote similarly great Canadian history. He did a three-volume piece about the Hudson Bay Company, in the books Company of Adventurers, Caesars of the Wilderness and Merchant Princes. There's a sort of a "condensed" version called "Empire of the Bay" that might be a quicker read.

If you ever get bored of reading but you still want to learn Canada's history, check out "Canada: A People's History", an incredible series done by CBC back in 2001. That's a link to a playlist with all episodes. I can't possibly recommend it enough.

Edit to add: Welcome to Canada, friend!

u/amcintosh · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I remember seeing that book when it came out. I've never read it though.
Amazon Link to book

u/Chrristoaivalis · 2 pointsr/CanadaPolitics

This is his recent work, and the one that won the book of the year award from the Canadian Historical Association.

u/bherring24 · 2 pointsr/Nationals

Makes sense. Just leaves a huge hole in baseball history, at least that of my formative years and that of much of the Nats fan base. The Nats are basically creating a culture anew since baseball hasn't been in the district in decades. So rather than rely on the memory of general baseball fans in the district, they're starting fresh by trawling the past, which is both false (other teams' history for the Twins and Rangers) and ancient, as most Nats fans aren't old enough to remember when there was baseball in DC.

As far as how the whole thing went down, yeah, that makes total sense. Hopefully when Jonah Keri's new book on the Expos comes out, he can do an event at Nats Park.

u/apiek1 · 2 pointsr/CanadaPolitics

So its all about money, is it? Well, I could increase my wealth by stealing money, but I don't. One of the reasons that Canada became wealthy, is that it brutally stole wealth-creating lands from the Aboriginals. Read Clearing the Plains if you still don't understand that.
Obviously, returning some of the wealth is important, but the Liberals have promised something much more important than that, namely: "a total renewal of the relationship between Canada and indigenous peoples".

u/iLikeToBiteMyNails · 2 pointsr/toronto

Kinda late but I also highly recommend this book as well:

u/Superschill · 2 pointsr/canada

I haven't read this, but I have read other Wil Ferguson books, and they were excellent. I'm therefore assuming this is too:

Note: I am not trying to imply you are a dummie.

u/wuddupdok · 2 pointsr/history

Just bought it for $4.50 with shipping

u/_Helper_Bot_ · 1 pointr/conspiracy
u/descouvertes · 1 pointr/Quebec

Inb4 The Black Book English Canada.

But seriously, what kind of book you are looking for?

u/Bonobosaurus · 1 pointr/OSHA
u/goofienewfie35 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Canadian here. I know we’re not exactly on the other side of the world, but as a kid it felt like the United States WAS another world…

I grew up in eastern Canada (Newfoundland) and I was in grade 8 at the time. I remember sitting in science class after lunch and the teachers were taking a really long time to come back to class. Once our teacher finally made it back she explained what was going on, that planes were flying into buildings in the US and no one really knew why. We had so many questions and ended up talking about it the entire afternoon.

Until that day I grew up with the naive childish mentality that violence, guns, war, etc. only happened in Hollywood and history books, never in “real life”. But that afternoon I got my first glimpse outside of my safe little bubble I grew up in and the world suddenly felt a whole lot smaller. It was terrifying.

Fun fact:
Dozens of flights originally heading to the US were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland where people opened up their homes to provide for almost 7000 stranded passengers (nearly doubling the small town’s population overnight). Not the best picture, but [here’s] ( what the airport looked like. Residents literally gave up their own beds, clothes, and food to help, and there was even a book written about it after called [The Day The World Came To Town] ( Gander also received a piece of [steel] ( from the World Trade Center a few years back as a thank you from NY firefighters.

u/roflc0ptic · 1 pointr/netsec

IIRC, there has not been a single year from inception through 2000 that the US wasn't involved in military engagements.

Source: Neat timeline in there.

u/Riggedit · 1 pointr/conspiracy
u/JohnMarstonRockstar · 1 pointr/hockey

PM Harper is actually a big hockey fan, wrote a book on it too.

u/ElleAnn42 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Here's the US version of the Amazon link

u/curtistalls · 1 pointr/todayilearned

My uncle was an air traffic controller in Gander who helped land a lot of those planes. If you're interested, there's a great book he recommended me called When the World Came to Town that covers a lot of interesting stories from the different passengers stranded there.

u/Sarahpitbull · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There was an awesome book written about the events of this.... So awesome... there's a link to the book, I highly suggest reading it

u/kevlarcupid · 1 pointr/mlb

From Jonah Keri's Up, Up, and Away!:

> Chalk it up to the Jays’ shrewdness, the Expos rolling over, an inevitable decision once Toronto got its own franchise, or all of the above. Whatever the case, Kuhn’s decision ravaged the Expos franchise, causing more long-term harm, arguably, than Blue Monday or anything else that happened on the field.

> While the Montreal metro area, then as now, ranked around middle of the pack in terms of major league cities’ market size, the Expos would later face obstacles that other teams didn’t have to overcome. The widening gap between the American and Canadian dollars became a problem, with the Expos collecting local revenue in Canadian dollars but paying the bulk of their expenses (most notably player salaries) in American funds. While the Expos remained mired at Olympic Stadium, the attendance and ticket price booms that rival teams got from building new ballparks widened the gap between Montreal and the rest of the league. The Big O’s deteriorating condition and generally unappealing backdrop for baseball was one of several factors that drove fans away. These and many other poor business conditions would later make it impossible for the Expos to stay afloat (much less turn a profit or even“) unless the team slashed payroll by trading away star players and letting them leave via free agency. Had those other problems not cropped up, sure, maybe the Expos could’ve subsisted on TV and radio revenue derived primarily from Quebec and the Maritime provinces. But with all those factors collectively working against them, they couldn’t afford to lose the southern Ontario market.

> “As soon as they lost access to southern Ontario, they lost the heart of the Canadian commercial business, corporate support, and sponsorship support,” said Van Horne. “All of a sudden, the Montreal Expos were exactly that. They were Montreal’s team. They were no longer Canada’s team, and they couldn’t survive just being Montreal’s team.

That was 1984 or 1985, but it was a key in the decline of the team. It stung especially bad for Montreal, because the Expos had petitioned MLB to bring the Jays to Toronto.

u/KPipes · 1 pointr/MadeMeSmile

I'd highly recommend the book, "The Day the World Came to Town." A great overview of the story, with many real accounts of the local residents who helped by taking complete strangers into their homes and their lives.

Traveled through Gander about 10 years ago and spent some time chatting with the local book shop owner, who turned me on to the read. 10/10 would read again. Seeing Gander with my own eyes.. it is tiny. The lengths they went to are pretty heartwarming.

u/DavidByron · 1 pointr/AskReddit

> Have you read the storys in this thread, every one of them mentions that the econmy was completly not function!

I noticed most said things were better off under communism -- did you?

> Please show me a list with ever attack of the US to all the socialist stats

That would be pages and pages long. You should Google it. Various people have made such lists. Ward Churchill put together one of the most comprehensive but it's no more than a paragraph or so on each as I recall, although it's a couple of hundred examples. William Blum's Killing Hope covers fewer but in much more detail (a chapter each) and several examples are free to read on line. You might like the chapter on Cuba.

Except you don't read, I forget.

< I dont grammer check for you

Did you mean to say "spell check"?

u/Taleya · 1 pointr/melbourne

ok, not Australian BUT fucking hilarious:

Cory O'Brien's Zeus grants stupid wishes.

Alternately: History Lessons by Dana Lindaman and Kyle Ward. Basically it shows how textbooks around the world portray US history. You ever wanted to see how Best Korea and soviet russia taught about the Korean war?

u/Eurocanadian · 1 pointr/canada

This is about statistical trends pointing to a situation in which the founding peoples of Canada will be reduced to a minority, see Canada in Decay,

u/kayjewlers · 1 pointr/metacanada

Canadians might not have an identity now but that has not always been the case. Before 1971 Canada, of course, had two main groups Anglos and Quebecois.

Quebecois to this day have a strong identity because they are a largely a distinct ethnic group. While the original Quebecois did emigrate from France, the women who colonized Quebec had a huge birthrate of 5.6. With little immigration after the 1760 "The population of New France ... was almost wholly a native born population and distinctly Canadian." SOURCE

The English speaking population of Canada, while more reliant on immigration is still defined by common ancestry. Nearly all of the non-francophone immigrants came from the British Isles or the British colonies in America. In fact the largest non-British immigrant group from 1760-1815 was Germans with a measly 1500. SOURCE

You are correct that I have no right to choose the credentials that determine who is what nationality. However, Nations are and have always been defined by heritage, by DNA. I hope my assumption, that you support cultural nationalism by rejection of heritage, is correct and I will continue as if that is the case.

Lets assume that only culture defines a nation and that everyone who behaves Canadian is Canadian. Certainly is uncontroversial to assert that a person's personality influences their behavior. Well behavior is, in no small part heritable SOURCE. At the very least I hope you can see that ethnicity, nationality, DNA have an impact on culture. If you take into account that the environment a child is raised in is chosen by their parents, then the effect of DNA on culture compounds.

If you insist that only culture defines nations please answer this: If Nations are defined by culture and values, what values should Justin Bieber adopt to become Chinese?

u/tronicron · 1 pointr/montreal

Yup, it is true. Go to Main and Terminal in Vancouver during the summer and every squeegee kid out there is speaking français toujours. It is the epicentre of squeegee activity in BC.

Edit: Charlie Demers has written about this if you're interested in finding out more.

u/mirror_cube · 1 pointr/canada

John Ralston Saul is a good place to start:

He is very good about pre-Canadian history. Realizes and strengthens the roles that First Nations played in early Canada while addressing the realities/atrocities of some of things we have done

u/FrostFireGames · 0 pointsr/canada

Don't let the format throw you off, Will Ferguson is a fantastic writer.

u/Zunh · -1 pointsr/ontario

See Ricardo Duchesne's bestselling book Canada In Decay: Mass Immigration, Diversity, and the Ethnocide of Euro-Canadians for a detailed answer your question.

> This book also exposes the rewriting of Canada’s history in the media, schools, and universities, as an attempt to rob Euro-Canadians of their own history by inventing a past that conforms to the ideological goals of a future multiracial and multicultural Canada. Canada In Decay explains the origins of the ideology of immigrant multiculturalism and the inbuilt radicalizing nature of this ideology, and argues that the “theory of multicultural citizenship” is marred by a double standard which encourages minorities to affirm their collective cultural rights while Euro-Canadians are excluded from affirming theirs.