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Raise a Toast to Pierre Berton
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Raise a Toast to Pierre Berton

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Pierre Berton was born on July 15, 1920 in Whitehorse, Yukon. He attended the University of Columbia where he completed a Major in History. He started his career with a Canadian newspaper. During the Second World War, he was conscripted into the Canadian army and he trained as an Intelligence Officer. He returned to Canada and he became the managing director of Macleans. Later he also served as Chancellor of Yukon College.

 

Berton’s writings include The Golden Trail; The Royal Family; Just Add Water and Stir; Adventures of a Columnist; The Secret World of Og; The New City : A Prejudiced View of Toronto; Fast, Fast, Fast Relief; My War with the Twentieth Century; The Big Sell : An Introduction to the Black Arts of Door-to Door Salesmanship & Other Techniques; The Comfortable Pew : A Critical look at Christianity and the Religious Establishment in the New Age; The Cool, Crazy, Committed World of the Sixties; The Smug Minority; The National Dream: The Great Railway; The Impossible Railway: The Building of the Canadian Pacific; Hollywood’s Canada: The Americanization of the National Image; My Country: The Remarkable Past; The Dionne Years: A Thirties Melodrama; Vimy; The Wild Frontier: More Tales from the Remarkable Past; The Klondike Quest; Niagara: A History of the Falls; The Battle of Lake Erie; and Winter among other works. He was a recipient of many awards including Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal; Order of Canada; Canadian Booksellers Award; Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for non-fiction; Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, Nellie Award; Governor General's Awards and Stephen Leacock's Medal for Humour. He died on November 30, 2004.

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