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Over 1.5 million Canadians were on relief, one in five was a public dependant, and 70,000 young men travelled like hoboes. Ordinary citizens were rioting in the streets, but their demonstrations met with indifference, and dissidents were jailed. Canada emerged from the Great Depression a different nation.

The most searing decade in Canada's history began with the stock market crash of 1929 and ended with the Second World War. With formidable story-telling powers, Berton reconstructs its engrossing events vividly: the Regina Riot, the Great Birth Control Trial, the black blizzards of the dust bowl and the rise of Social Credit. The extraordinary cast of characters includes Prime Minister Mackenzie King, who praised Hitler and Mussolini but thought Winston Churchill "one of the most dangerous men I have ever known"; Maurice Duplessis, who padlocked the homes of private citizens for their political opinions; and Tim Buck, the Communist leader who narrowly escaped murder in Kingston Penitentiary.

In this #1 best-selling book, Berton proves that Canada's political leaders failed to take the bold steps necessary to deal with the mass unemployment, drought and despair. A child of the era, he writes passionately of people starving in the midst of plenty.

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OVERVIEW: The worst of times

1929
1. The Great Repression
2. The legacy of optimism
3. Crash!
4. The world of 1929

1930
1. "Not a five cent piece!"
2. Mother's boy
3. Mrs. Bleaney's clouded crystal ball
4. "Bonfire, Bennett"
5. Old-fashioned nostrums

1931
1. Still fundamentally sound
2. Rocking the boat
3. The Red Menace
4. Quail on toast
5. Blood on the coal
6. Nine on trial

1932
1. The dole
2. Shovelling out the unwanted
3. Boxcar cowboys
4. Restructuring the future
5. An attempt at political murdern

1933
1. The shame of relief
2. Death by Depression
3. Childhood memories
4. Making headlines
5. The regina Manifesto
6. Bible bill

1934
1. The seditious A.E. Smith
2. Radio politics
3. Harry Steven's moment in history
4. The year of the locust
5. Pep, ginger, and Mitch
6. The Pang of a Wolf
7. Slave camps

1935
1. Bennett's New Deal
2. Speed-up at Eaton's
3. The tin canners
4. On to Ottawa
5. The Regina Riot
6. Changing the guard

1936
1. State of the nation
2. The weather as enemy
3. Le Chef, the Church, and the Reds
4. Birth control on trial
5. Abdication

1937
1. The rocky road to Spain
2. Dead in the water
3. itch Hepburn v. the CIO
4. The Prime Minister and the dictator
5. The black blizzard
6. Bypassing democracy

1938
1. A loss of nerve
2. Trampling on the Magna Carta
3. Bloody Sunday
4. The Nazi connection
5. Keeping out the Jews

1939
1. A yearning for leadership
2. Back from the dead
3. The royal tonic
4. War

Afterword: The first convoy

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About Pierre Berton

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Pierre Berton was one of Canada’s most popular and prolific authors. From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his fifty books are now Canadian classics.

Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston. He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He wrote columns for and was editor of Maclean’s magazine, appeared on CBC’s public affairs program “Close-Up” and was a permanent fixture on “Front Page Challenge” for 39 years. He was a columnist and editor for the Toronto Star and was a writer and host of a series of CBC programs.

Pierre Berton received over 30 literary awards including the Governor-General’s Award for Creative Non-Fiction (three times), the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and the Gabrielle Leger National Heritage Award. He received two Nellies for his work in broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, and the National History Society’s first award for “distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history.” For his immense contribution to Canadian literature and history, he was awarded more than a dozen honourary degrees, is a member of the Newsman’s Hall of Fame, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Pierre Berton passed away in Toronto on November 30, 2004.
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"The Great Depression is the definitive work that will carry our collective memory with us into the next century." —Calgary Herald

"Berton's chilling magnum opus… [He] has produced something very near perfect. It's clearly written, fast-moving…and so well drafted it reads like a novel." —The Times Colonist, Victoria

"a scalding indictment of the law, big business, the bigots, the police and politicians." —Canadian Press

  • The Great Depression by Pierre Berton
  • October 09, 2001
  • History - Canada; History
  • Anchor Canada
  • $18.95
  • 9780385658430

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