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Niagara
A History of the Falls
Niagara
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Pierre Berton - Author
Excelsior Editions
Price: $24.95 
Paperback - 481 pages
Release Date: July 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2928-1

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A sweeping history of this natural wonder.

“The noble cataract reflects the concerns, the fancies, and the failings of the times. If we gaze deeply enough into its shimmering image, we can perhaps discern our own.” — Pierre Berton

“[Pierre Berton] makes a serious and convincing case for Niagara’s pivotal role in North American history … His Niagara is a lodestar for North American culture and invention: site of the first railway suspension bridge, inspiration for Nikola Tesla’s discovery of the principle of alternating current, and the subject of Frederic Church’s most celebrated landscape; a natural wonder that has bewitched generations of scientists, authors and utopians, and stimulated innovations and social movements still casting long shadows … surprising, rich and engrossing.” — New York Times Book Review

“Canadian historian Berton tells dozens of absorbing tales about the region and those who passed through it … He tells them all superbly, aided by essential maps and a few reproductions of posters advertising some of the more bizarre stunts.” — Publishers Weekly

 “Entertaining … Berton brings to life the adventurers and dreamers, visionaries and industrialists, who over centuries have been drawn to the Falls.” — Maclean’s

“Berton at his storytelling best; there is something for everyone … a vintage, full-bodied read.” — The London Free Press

“A book worth diving into.” — Calgary Herald

“By turns ironic, amused, shocked, horrified and awestruck, Berton traces Niagara’s history through the deeds of those who came in contact with it … all the while walking the fine line between detachment and emotion with agility and grace.” — The Whig-Standard (Kingston)

Pierre Berton (1920–2004) was one of Canada’s most popular and prolific authors, and is widely credited with popularizing Canadian history. His books include The Wild Frontier, Prisoners of the North, Klondike, The Invasion of Canada, and The Great Depression.


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Table of Contents

ONE
Ice and water
A prodigious cadence
"The most awful scene"

TWO
Augustus Porter's sylvan bower
William Forsyth's folly
The jumper and the hermit

THREE
"That Enchanted Ground"
The father of geology
Spanning the gorge
John Roebling's bridge FOUR
Miss Bird "does" Niagara
Frankenstein's monster
Mr Church's masterpiece

FIVE
The Prince of Manila
Farini the Great
Farini the flirt
The legacy of Niagara
Into the maelstrom

SIX
The cave of the forty thieves
Private greed
A ramble on Goat Island
Saving Niagara from itself
Casimir Growski to the rescue

SEVEN
Harnessing the waters
Tesla
The golden age
Utopian dreams

EIGHT
Arthur Midleigh's folly
The ice bridge
Annie
Fame and fortune or instant death
Aftermath

NINE
The Canadian connection
The people's power
The Second Battle of Niagara
The red-headed hero
The soaring ambitions of Adam Beck

TEN
The riverman's return
The Richest Man in Canada
The end of the Honeymoon
Young Red's last ride

ELEVEN
The witch's end of fairyland
The park man
The river takes over
The fighting Tuscarora

TWELVE
The miracle
Blackout
Drying up the Falls

THIRTEEN
Love Canal makes the news
The mother instinct
The long crusade of Lois Gibbs
Taking hostages

AFTERWORD
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


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