Best province & local canadian history books according to redditors

We found 70 Reddit comments discussing the best province & local canadian history books. We ranked the 31 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Province & Local 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/agoatforavillage · 12 pointsr/vancouver

This book answers most of this type of question. It has a map for each decade starting with the 1850s.

u/Sahasrahla · 10 pointsr/canada

For the political ramifications you might enjoy reading about the Clarity Act that was passed not long after the last referendum. That wiki page goes into a bit of detail about the politics at the time and gives a sense of some of the grievances on both sides.

There was also a book published recently called The Morning After about what the different players at the time were planning in case of a "yes" vote (spoiler alert: no one, not even the yes side, had a plan). You can read an AMA with the author here (some French, some English) and an article about the book here.

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/happy_and_sad · 8 pointsr/CanadaPolitics

Or worse, the Quebec government would issue a unilateral declaration of independence, citing Ottawa's refusal to accept a democratic mandate. According to Jacques Parizeau, this was the plan in 1995 if Chretien wouldn't sit down with them (see Chantel Hebert's book on the subject). It would be the mother of all Constitutional crises, it would get extraordinarily messy, and it's entirely unclear which side would prevail in the end.

A second referendum would almost certainly be needed anyway after the two sides hashed out terms of separation. Once people saw exactly what they would be losing by separating, it's entirely possible they would get cold feet.

u/bn20 · 8 pointsr/climbing

It really depends on what type of climbing you enjoy: adventure, sport, mountaineering, etc.

Here are some of my favourites:

If you like alpinism and want to learn how pathetic and weak willed you are compared to Steve House, check out Beyond the Mountain. Great book. Dude has insane ethics that make me feel bad for clipping bolts.

If you're more into big wall climbing and how it fits in with life lessons, The Push by Tommy Caldwell is phenomenal. He really throws it all out there and gives you an insight as to just how hard he worked to free the Dawn Wall and all the lessons that came with it.

If you want a really well written account of one of climbing's most bizarre controversies, The Tower by Kelly Cordes was one of my favourites this year. It gives a back-and-forth history and insight into climbing Cerro Torre and really gives a glimpse into life in Patagonia and the history of climbing Torre.

If you're a big dreamer and history nut, The Bold and The Cold gives first hand stories of the first ascents of some of the biggest routes in Canada. From the Bugaboos to Robson, it's a fantastic read and really gets you longing to get out out there.

Eiger Dreams was a fantastic collection of unrelated short stories centering around climbing and mountaineer. Some big characters and bigger adventures that are well told by the same author (and climber!) that gave us Into the Wild.

And finally, I recommend The Calling by Barry Blanchard for no other reason than it's a really well written account of the life of a fading alpinist in the Canadian Rockies.

Hope this helps!

Bonus recommendation: not climbing related, but a really great read for anyone who loves the outdoors: The Names of the Stars is a fantastic book that follows the personal account of a retired Park Ranger who spents 5 months alone in the wilderness of Montana watching fish eggs. It's a boring premise but the author is so vivid with his descriptions and shows the connection between us and the wild. I read it in a day, it was that good.

u/GoaliesArentVodou · 7 pointsr/hockey
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/cimbalom · 6 pointsr/CanadaPolitics

I'm not saying it's the definitive book or anything but I enjoyed Hébert's The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was If you want a backrooms retrospective on the referendum, it's pretty interesting to read the perspectives of a lot of the key players...

Also, if you are interested in browsing some essays about the politics of BC over the years, BC Studies journal has a lot of content for free online.

u/gatowman · 6 pointsr/Truckers

Study, I dunno. I like to listen to books about nuclear science, nuclear power, weapons, accidents and the like while I'm driving. I don't do many fiction books.

While it may not be studying, learning about the world around you can help expand your mind and keep it active while you're focusing on the road. I've listened to these books a few times over by now.

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u/konnektion · 6 pointsr/Quebec
u/BenStrike · 6 pointsr/baseball

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

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/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/Electricorchestra · 5 pointsr/canada

I would recommend for anyone interested in how Saskatchewan towns ended up with the weird names they have to look into reading What's In a Name. I have no connection to the author or anything. Just a book that my Grandma used to have that I read as a kid growing up in Saskatchewan.

u/Wayreth · 5 pointsr/MorbidReality

There is a decent book on this as well

It covers the whole gambit all the first responders who died, and the victims families who could not see the bodies do to the extreme amount of radiation.

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/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/BabysInBlack · 4 pointsr/vancouver

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

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/NapAfternoon · 3 pointsr/Calgary

There are a lot of great walking tour books about Calgary. I really suggest everyone pick one up and start exploring some neighbourhoods! They have great information, historical facts, and some pretty interesting stories about early Calgary. If you are not inclined to buy a book (or you don't have a friend to borrow a copy) you could always see if there is a walking tour running while your friend is in town. If not, take them around the communities of Kensington, Inglewood, Mission & 17th Ave. The river walk from Kensington to Princes Island is nice at any time of the year.

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/boonfoggin · 3 pointsr/alpinism

There are a shit ton of climbs that meet that description in the Eastern Canadian Rockies. Joffre and Assiniboine are a couple of my favourites. Each have beautiful staging points and take 2 or 3 days. This is a great book.

u/theseusastro · 2 pointsr/canada

That's the important thing because it really is three histories Natives, Quebec, Anglosphere. Most of the big picture political evolution of Canada has gone on between Quebec and the Anglosphere.

A book I would recommend to someone new to this is the highly readable and informative:

Canada and Quebec-one country two histories by Robert Bothwell.

A used copy can be had for around $7.

If it's "a fucked up province"; what is the rest of canada? rolls eyes

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/millennialfreemason · 2 pointsr/freemasonry

I completely disagree. Without the Antient Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge of Ireland, Masonry would have remained a fairly minor organization. It was through the power of the traveling warrant that Masonry spread throughout the world. I would suggest reading Builders of Empire.

u/Aplicado · 2 pointsr/Calgary

This is a great book about Heritage Buildings here in Calgary by Harry Sanders. I have worked on many of the buildings in there, so may be biased....

u/feyrath · 2 pointsr/rpg

Worldbuilding is interesting in that I do not think it requires an in-depth knowledge in any of these particular fields. Just a high-level is really what is wanted.

  • constructed languages ( /r/conlangs ) - the basics. Plus a high level study of the entomology of world languages.
  • the evolution of a city over time. I've got a wonderful book called Vancouver a visual history which suggests some of it.
  • a general idea on how 'life' worked during the time period you're trying to represent. Braudels A structure of Everyday life goes deep. I think a summary might do.
  • a basic understanding of mapmaking / cartography
  • a basic understanding of biomes, and weather, geology. I've seen people get into plate tectonics but I think that's going too deep, except to mention how it relates to mountain formation.

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/spnsk415 · 1 pointr/climbing
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/kevlarcupid · 1 pointr/mlb

Until there's a plan to put a team back in Montreal, it's just being a cocktease.

And for those of who were too young or too drunk or just apathetic when the Expos were around (I'm in the first and second groups), go read Up, Up, and Away by Johnah Keri. He released it last year, and it's a great history of a team that could have been great but got the shaft in a lot of ways.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/BlackPeopleTwitter

Hockey existed before ice hockey, now it is called "field hockey". Look up the history of ice hockey in Canada and you will see that the pioneering players of modern ice hockey were Black men. It is also clear you don't know the history of hockey since there is physical evidence including paintings of African people in ancient Egypt playing hockey. Even the slapshot was invented by Black Canadian Eddie Martin, of the Coloured Hockey League's Halifax Eurekas, in the late 1800s.
Black Ice - CHL Colored Hockey League, Nova Scotia

Published on May 9, 2008
Espn segment on book "Black Ice", Historical book about Halafax, Nova Scotia's (CHL) Colored Hockey League circa1895-1925. Informative and interesting.
Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925

u/Bonobosaurus · 1 pointr/OSHA
u/descouvertes · 1 pointr/Quebec

Inb4 The Black Book English Canada.

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

u/GateNk · 1 pointr/montreal

Autre qu'assouvir une crise identitaire, j'aimerais vraiment savoir ce que l'on aurait à gagner d'être indépendant.

Question sérieuse.

Justement, est-ce que quelqu'un ici a lu ce livre?
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories

u/whiskey06 · 0 pointsr/vancouver