Best Canadian Historical Biographies Books
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1. The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra
Author: by Alex Messenger Blackstone Publishing English 304 pages
A six-hundred-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old’s dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it’s all about staying alive. This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger’s near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra.
The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive.
Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border. The Twenty-Ninth Day is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.
2. The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson's Bay Empire
Author: by Stephen Bown English 496 pages 0385694075
NATIONAL BESTSELLERA thrilling new telling of the story of modern Canada’s origins. The story of the Hudson’s Bay Company, dramatic and adventurous and complex, is the story of modern Canada’s creation. And yet it hasn’t been told in a book for over thirty years, and never in such depth and vivid detail as in Stephen R.
Bown’s exciting new telling. The Company started out small in 1670, trading practical manufactured goods for furs with the Indigenous inhabitants of inland subarctic Canada. Controlled by a handful of English aristocrats, it expanded into a powerful political force that ruled the lives of many thousands of people-from the lowlands south and west of Hudson Bay, to the tundra, the great plains, the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific northwest.
It transformed the culture and economy of many Indigenous groups and ended up as the most important political and economic force in northern and western North America. When the Company was faced with competition from French traders in the 1780s, the result was a bloody corporate battle, the coming of Governor George Simpson-one of the greatest villains in Canadian history-and the Company assuming political control and ruthless dominance.
3. Seth Rogen Book: The Biography of Seth Rogen
Author: by University Press B094K1G7W1 English 47 pages
University Press returns with another short and captivating biography of one of history’s most compelling figures, Seth Rogen. Seth Rogen may already be the most accomplished actor / comedian / writer / producer / director / humanitarian / entrepreneur of the 21st century. From stand-up comedy to big screen blockbusters, and from charity work to a bold new business venture, Rogen is a humble guy with a great laugh.
But make no mistake: he is changing Hollywood, fighting disease, shaping public policy, and promoting a burgeoning industry. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 15, 1982, Seth Aaron Rogen was raised by Jewish parents, started doing stand-up comedy at age 12, wrote Superbad at age 13, met Judd Apatow, dropped out of high school, moved to Los Angeles, landed a role in Freaks and Geeks, starred in Hollywood blockbusters, created an international incident involving North Korea, testified about Alzheimer’s disease before the United States Congress, wrote and directed more movies, and started a promising new company.
4. Levon: From Down in the Delta to the Birth of The Band and Beyond
Author: by Sandra B. Tooze Diversion Books English 400 pages
A dazzling, epic biography of Levon Helmthe beloved, legendary drummer and singer of the Band. He sang the anthems of a generation: “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “Life Is a Carnival.” Levon Helm’s storytold here through sweeping research and interviews with close friends and fellow musiciansis the rollicking story of American popular music itself.
In the Arkansas Delta, a young Levon witnessed “blues, country, and gospel hit in a head-on collision,” as he put it. The result was rock ‘n’ roll. As a teenager, he joined the raucous Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, then helped merge a hard-driving electric sound with Bob Dylan’s folk roots, and revolutionized American rock with the Band.
Helm not only provided perfect “in the pocket” rhythm and unforgettable vocals, he was the Band’s soul. Levon traces a rebellious life on the road, from being booed with Bob Dylan to the creative cauldron of Big Pink, the Woodstock Festival, world tours, The Last Waltz, and beyond with the man Dylan called “one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation.” Author Sandra B.
5. They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
Author: by Bev Sellars B00CST3NH8 Talonbooks (May 17, 2013) May 17, 2013
Like thousands of Aboriginal children in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere in the colonized world, Xatsu’ll chief Bev Sellars spent part of her childhood as a student in a church-run residential school. These institutions endeavored to “civilize” Native children through Christian teachings; forced separation from family, language, and culture; and strict discipline.
Perhaps the most symbolically potent strategy used to alienate residential school children was addressing them by assigned numbers onlynot by the names with which they knew and understood themselves. In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph’s Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school’s lasting effects on her and her familyfrom substance abuse to suicide attemptsand eloquently articulates her own path to healing.
Number One comes at a time of recognitionby governments and society at largethat only through knowing the truth about these past injustices can we begin to redress them. Bev Sellars is chief of the Xatsu’ll (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia.
6. The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World’s Longest Treasure Hunt
Author: by Randall Sullivan English 396 pages 0802126936
From longtime Rolling Stone contributing editor and journalist Randall Sullivan, The Curse of Oak Island explores the curious history of Oak Island and the generations of individuals who have tried and failed to unlock its secrets. In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure.
Early excavators uncovered a clay-lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible. Since then the mystery of Oak Island’s Money Pit has enthralled generations of treasure hunters, including a Boston insurance salesman whose obsession ruined him; young Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and film star Errol Flynn.
Perplexing discoveries have ignited explorers’ imaginations: a flat stone inscribed in code; a flood tunnel draining from a man-made beach; a torn scrap of parchment; stone markers forming a huge cross. Swaths of the island were bulldozed looking for answers; excavation attempts have claimed two lives.
7. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
Author: by Alicia Elliott English 256 pages 161219866X
“In her raw, unflinching memoir … She tells the impassioned, wrenching story of the mental health crisis within her own family and community … A searing cry.” New York Times Book ReviewThe Mohawk phrase for depression can be roughly translated to “a mind spread out on the ground.” In this urgent and visceral work, Alicia Elliott explores how apt a description that is for the ongoing effects of personal, intergenerational, and colonial traumas she and so many Native people have experienced.
Elliott’s deeply personal writing details a life spent between Indigenous and white communities, a divide reflected in her own family, and engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, art, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrification, and representation. Throughout, she makes thrilling connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political.
A national bestseller in Canada, this updated and expanded American edition helps us better understand legacy, oppression, and racism throughout North America, and offers us a profound new way to decolonize our minds.
8. The Curve of Time
Author: by M. Blanchet Whitecap Books English 272 pages
“Our world then was both wide and narrow – wide in the immensity of sea and mountain; narrow in that the boat was very small, and we lived and camped, explored and swam in a little realm of our own making.” – M.
Wylie Blanchet The 50th anniversary edition of this coastal British Columbia classic, now in beautifully illustrated hardcover, will make a timeless keepsake. This is a biography and astonishing adventure story of a woman who, left a widow in 1927, packed her five children onto a 25-foot boat and cruised the coastal waters of British Columbia, summer after summer.
Muriel Wylie Blanchet acted single-handedly as skipper, navigator, engineer and, of course, mother, as she saw her crew through encounters with tides, fog, storms, rapids, cougars and bears. She sharpened in her children a special interest in Haida culture and in nature itself.
In this book, she left us with a sensitive and compelling account of their journeys.
9. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
Author: by Paul Reid Little, Brown and Company English 1183 pages
The long-awaited final volume of William Manchester’s legendary biography of Winston Churchill. Spanning the years of 1940-1965, The Last Lion picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister-when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany.
The Churchill conjured up by William Manchester and Paul Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action. The Last Lion brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation’s military response and defense, compelled FDR into supporting America’s beleaguered cousins, and personified the “never surrender” ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.
More than twenty years in the making, The Last Lion presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring.
10. And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II
Author: by Jacques Lusseyran New World Library English 304 pages
The book that helped inspire Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot SeeAn updated edition of this classic World War II memoir, chosen as one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century, with a new photo insert and restored passages from the original French editionWhen Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident.
He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters.
He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.
11. La Salle: Explorer of the North American Frontier
Author: by Anka Muhlstein Arcade English 256 pages
Seventeenth-century North America was a dangerous, untamed land, a vast wilderness where settlers, fur traders, and missionaries all struggled to eke out an existence. But the New World was also a place that attracted a special breedmen with a thirst for adventure and discovery.
Robert Cavelier de La Salle, whose energy and single-minded ambition made him one of the greatest explorers of the time, was such a man. At the age of twenty-four, La Salle crossed the Atlantic to America. Like Columbus before him, he was obsessed with finding a western passage to China.
But the New World so intrigued him and inflamed his imagination that he abandoned the Far East for the mysteries of the still uncharted regions of North America. La Salle’s explorations took him all over the continent, and finally, in 1682, he followed the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, where he claimed the territory he had traveled through for France, and named it Louisiana in honor of the Sun King, Louis XIV.
12. The Last Sovereigns: Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Free Lakotas
Author: by Robert M. Utley BISON BOOKS English 200 pages
2021 Spur Award Winner for Best Historical Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America True West Magazine’s 2020 Best Author and Historical Nonfiction Book of the YearThe Last Sovereigns is the story of how Sioux chief Sitting Bull resisted the white man’s ways as a last best hope for the survival of an indigenous way of life on the Great Plainsa nomadic life based on buffalo and indigenous plants scattered across the Sioux’s historical territories that were sacred to him and his people.Robert M.
Utley explores the final four years of Sitting Bull’s life of freedom, from 1877 to 1881. To escape American vengeance for his assumed role in the annihilation of Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s command at the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull led his Hunkpapa following into Canada.
There he and his people interacted with the North-West Mounted Police, in particular Maj. James M.Walsh. The Mounties welcomed the Lakota and permitted them to remain if they promised to abide by the laws and rules of Queen Victoria, the White Mother.
13. My Life with the Eskimo
Author: by Vilhjalmur Stefansson B086FKDJQJ English 279 pages
…They took me into their houses and treated me hospitably and courteously, but exactly as if I were one of them. They gave me clothes to wear and food to eat, I helped them in their work and joined in their games, until they gradually forgot that I was not one of them, and began to live their lives before my eyes as if I were not there.
This gave me a rare opportunity to know them as they are… I found that the Eskimo language, although exceedingly difficult for a European to learn, was not impossible of acquisition, for at the end of a winter in the house of the Mackenzie Eskimo I already had a good foundation in it.
The people, too, were agreeable. They were not only interesting from a scientific point of view, as all primitive people must be to the student of mankind, but they were cheerful, self-reliant, and admirable companions… In a difficult struggle for existence under hard natural conditions they have acquired the ability to live together in peace and good will.V.Stefansson
14. Jochen Peiper: Commander, Panzerregiment Leibstandarte
Author: by Patrick Agte English 670 pages 0921991460
BRAND NEW Oversized Hardcover – 670 pp – over 800 black and white photographs – The definitive biography of one of Hitler’s most feared and victorious commanders
15. Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History
Author: by Edmund Metatawabin B00IQRN53I August 26, 2014 English
A powerful, raw yet eloquent memoir from a residential school survivor and former First Nations Chief, Up Ghost River is a necessary step toward our collective healing. In the 1950s, 7-year-old Edmund Metatawabin was separated from his family and placed in one of Canada’s worst residential schools.
St. Anne’s, in northern Ontario, is an institution now notorious for the range of punishments that staff and teachers inflicted on students. Even as Metatawabin built the trappings of a successful lifewife, kids, careerhe was tormented by horrific memories. Fuelled by alcohol, the trauma from his past caught up with him, and his family and work lives imploded.
In seeking healing, Metatawabin travelled to southern Alberta. There he learned from elders, participated in native cultural training workshops that emphasize the holistic approach to personhood at the heart of Cree culture, and finally faced his alcoholism and PTSD. Metatawabin has since worked tirelessly to expose the wrongdoings of St. Anne’s, culminating in a recent court case demanding that the school records be released to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.