Forgot your password?

Home  /  Books  /  2016 Book & Gift Guide

2016 Book & Gift Guide

Whether you’re looking for the perfect holiday gifts or it’s your own pleasure reading you seek, Canada’s History’s 2016 Book & Gift Guide will lead the way. There are two ways to find what you’re looking for:

  1. Open or download the pdf
  2. Scroll down to see the book covers and links at one glance.

2016 Book & Gift Guide at a glance


ARCHITECTURE ON ICE
A History of the Hockey Arena
By Howard Shubert

“Teeming with illustrations, this is a thorough and broadly thoughtful chronicle not simply of design and development, but also of the social and cultural spaces that ice-houses occupy in our hearts and on our streets.” Literary Review of Canada



DAM BUILDERS
The Natural History of Beavers and their Ponds
By Michael Runtz

This book is a comprehensive overview of the lives of beavers and the habitats that arise from their actions. It is a visual extravaganza: Approximately 400 photographs provide intimate insights into the lives of beavers and the inhabitants of their ponds and related habitats. Many new observations and rarely seen moments — such as beavers fighting — are documented in it.



HER DARLING BOY
The letters of a mother, her beloved son, and the heartbreaking cost of Vimy Ridge
By Tom Goodman

The battle for Vimy Ridge one hundred years ago has been characterized as a defining moment in Canadian history. Reading through the rich trove of letters between his grandmother and Archie Polson, the uncle he has never met, Tom Goodman came to realize that war is sometimes about winning, but it is always about loss.



CANADA
An Illustrated History
By Derek Hayes

A visually spectacular saga of the events and people that shaped Canada and its psyche — updated with a new chapter bringing the book to the present.



SOVIET PRINCETON
Slim Evans and the 1932–33 Miners’ Strike
By Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat

This “fascinating” (Literary Review of Canada) account of a coal miners’ strike in B.C. that turned into a months-long anti-Communist panic, involving beatings, kidnappings, and burning crosses, was a finalist for the BC Book Prizes and the B.C. Lt.-Gov.’s Medal for Historical Writing.



BEAVER BOW TIE
Made exclusively for Canada’s History Society, this beautiful woven silk bow tie makes an excellent gift. Burgundy with small silver beavers throughout. Supplies are limited.






CANADA’S GREAT WAR ALBUM
Our Memories of the First World War
Edited by Mark Collin Reid

Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Canada’s Great War Album is an unprecedented and remarkable collection of Canadian photographs, memorabilia, and stories of the war. Includes contributions from Peter Mansbridge, Charlotte Gray, J.L. Granatstein, Christopher Moore, Jonathan Vance, and Tim Cook.



FINDING FRANKLIN
The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search
By Russell A. Potter

“In his thoughtful catalogue of the Franklin mystery and affectionate reverence for the people who have defined and recorded its history, Potter has earned himself sure footing among them.” National Post



THE VIMY TRAP
or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War
By Ian McKay and Jamie Swift

The Vimy battle is, some say, Canada’s heroic founding moment. Yet the myth is rather new. This important new book questions this story. “Uncomfortable and inconvenient questions are signs of a robust culture, especially when they are about war and how it is remembered. McKay and Swift have taken up the torch with vigour, detail, and irony.” R.H. Thomson, producer, The World Remembers.



BACKS TO THE WALL
The Battle of Sainte-Foy and the Conquest of Canada
By D. Peter MacLeod

In this highly anticipated sequel to Northern Armageddon, historian D. Peter MacLeod describes a detailed account of one of the most dramatic and pivotal events in Canadian military history, the battle of Sainte-Foy.



TRUDEAUMANIA
By Paul Litt

In 1968, Pierre Trudeau became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Within two months, he was prime minister. He was swept to power by the media hype, sexual sizzle, and adoring crowds of Trudeaumania, and seen as a transformative figure who would rejuvenate the nation. This book reveals Trudeaumania’s origins, dynamics, and enduring legacy.



THE GIRL AND THE GAME
A History of Women’s Sport in Canada, Second Edition
By M. Ann Hall

The Girl and the Game is the single most comprehensive book on women in Canadian sport. The second edition of this groundbreaking social history begins with an important new chapter on Aboriginal women and early sport and ends with a chapter tying today’s trends and issues in Canadian women’s sport to their origins in the past.



AN INTIMATE WILDERNESS
Arctic Voices in a Land of Vast Horizons
By Norman Hallendy, Foreword by Dr. William Fitzhugh

An Intimate Wilderness is an unforgettable and beautifully illustrated account of one man’s journeys in the eastern Arctic over 50 years, and a revealing look into the world of the Inuit. Weaving together stories from Inuit elders with his own observations, Hallendy paints an incomparable portrait of a vibrant culture in a remote landscape.



TOO YOUNG TO DIE
Canada’s Boy Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen in the Second World War
By John Boileau and Dan Black, Forward by General John de Chastelain

Using archival photographs, personal documents, and specially commissioned maps, John Boileau and Dan Black tell the stories of some of the 30,000 underage soldiers from across the country who fought for Canada in the Second World War. The result is a new and fascinating perspective on Canadians’ frontline and behind-the-scenes experiences at home and in Hong Kong and Europe. A companion volume to the authors’ book Old Enough to Fight about boy soldiers in the First World War.



WILDLIFE, LAND, AND PEOPLE
A Century of Change in Prairie Canada
By Donald G. Wetherell

A wide-ranging study of people’s diverse and often contradictory relationships with wild animals in the prairie provinces after 1870.



HISTORY OF CANADA
Our Story … What All Canadians Should Know, Part 1: 30,000 B.C. to 1836
By Al Huberts

Using a historical timeline Canada’s history is revealed through the use of 200-plus descriptive illustrations and supportive copy. Each page brings to life an important event or person in our history from 30,000 BC to 1836, leading towards what would ultimately become the Canada we know and love. Canadians of all ages will learn about our history in an informative, engaging and thoughtful way. (Published in 2017)



HISTORY OF CANADA
Our Story … What All Canadians Should Know, Part 2: 1837 to today
By Al Huberts

Using a historical timeline Canada’s history is revealed through the use of 240-plus descriptive illustrations and supportive copy. Each page brings to life an important event or person in our history from 1837 to 2016, leading towards what would ultimately become the Canada we know and love. Canadians of all ages will learn about our history in an informative, engaging and thoughtful way. (Published in 2017)



THE GREAT CLASS WAR 1914-1918
By Jacques R. Pauwels

Canadian historian Jacques Pauwels offers a fascinating revisionist account of the great-power dynamics that produced and sustained the First World War. Shedding light on the dynamics between national elites and their working-class populations which lay at the heart of the Great War, Pauwels provides a new perspective on the motives of national leaders whose actions led to the slaughter of millions of young men in the war.



TRACKS TO THE TRENCHES
Canadian Railway Troops in the Great War (1914-1918)
By David Guay

This is the untold story about the Canadian Railway Troops who built, maintained and operated the standard gauge and light railways, the supply routes to the front lines during The Great War — World War I. David Guay is professor emeritus in experimental and clinical pharmacology at the University of Minnesota and a leading historian of Canadian railway history.



100 DAYS THAT CHANGED CANADA
Edited by Mark Collin Reid

Featuring stunning colour and black-and-white photographs, 100 Days That Changed Canada is an elegant keepsake and an essential addition to every library. Contributors include Michael Bliss, Stevie Cameron, Adrienne Clarkson, Tim Cook, Charlotte Gray, Ken McGoogan, Dick Pound, Bob Rae, Peter Mansbridge, Rona Maynard, Peter C. Newman, Margaret Wente and Brian Williams.



SCOUNDRELS, DREAMERS AND SECOND SONS
British Remittance Men in the Canadian West
By Mark Zuehlke

An exciting journey through the thirty-four years of the remittance men’s successes and failures, shenanigans and frivolity in Canada’s fledgling West.



AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF CANADA’S NATIVE PEOPLE, FOURTH EDITION
I Have Lived Here Since the World Began
By Arthur J. Ray

“… provides the general reader with a useful introduction to many aspects of Aboriginal Canada’s history … The many well-chosen illustrations complement the text superbly.” The Globe and Mail



THE FRONTIER OF PATRIOTISM
Alberta and the First World War
Edited by Adriana A. Davies and Jeff Keshen

An in-depth look at all aspects of Alberta’s involvement in the First World War, reflecting Albertans’ experiences both on the battlefield and on the home front.



ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES
In the Cockpit with Canada’s Second World War Fighter Pilots
By David L. Bashow

An updated edition of the highly successful compilation of first-hand accounts from Canadian World War II fighter pilots.



OTTO & DARIA
A Wartime Journey Through No Man’s Land
By Eric Koch

Born into an Old World Frankfurt family as “Otto,” Eric Koch fled Nazi Germany for England as a Jewish refugee, only to be interned as an enemy alien. Later sent to Canada, he was once again imprisoned. Otto & Daria tells of a world gone mad, and of diaspora, conflict, and unrequited love.



VIOLA DESMOND’S CANADA
A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land
By Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson; Foreword by George Elliott Clarke

Viola Desmond’s Canada is groundbreaking book aimed at providing both general readers and students of Canadian history with a concise overview of the narrative of the Black experience in Canada.



I’M NOT WHAT I SEEM
The Many Stories of Rita MacNeil’s Life
By Charlie Rhindress

An eloquent, moving and revealing biography of one of Canada’s greatest songwriters, Rita MacNeil. Born to a very poor working-class family in Cape Breton, Rita went to Toronto as a teen and was part of the women’s movement of the 1970s. She went on to prove you could become a worldwide star while staying home in Cape Breton. Author and actor Charlie Rhindress worked with Rita on an earlier play incorporating her songs and life story



CANADA’S HISTORY SLIPCASE
Preserve your collection of back issues with this magazine slipcase beautifully wrapped in burgundy vellum with gold foil stamp on the front and spine. Each case holds twelve issues — two years of magazines — and ensures your collection of Canada’s History stays in perfect condition for future reference.




NO FREE MAN
Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience
By Bohdan S. Kordan

“… an excellent resource for readers and scholars wishing to understand Canada’s long history of internment and human rights violations.” Alexander Freund, University of Winnipeg



A WORLD WE HAVE LOST
Saskatchewan Before 1905
By Bill Waiser

A World We Have Lost examines the early history of Saskatchewan through an Aboriginal and environmental lens. Bill Waiser is recently retired from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was department head from 1995 to 1998. He has received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the University’s Distinguished Researcher Award, the Saskatchewan Book Award, and has been elected a follow of the Royal Society of Canada.



THE WEIGHT OF COMMAND
Voices of Canada’s Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them
By J.L. Granatstein

Edited and introduced by one of the foremost military historians of our time, the carefully curated interviews in this book bring Canada’s Second World War generals to life, revealing that, for all of them, the weight of command was a burden to be borne.



INSTRUCTIONS TO A DYING INFIDEL
Translating Jesuit Missionary Attempts to Convert Huron-Wendat in New France
By John Steckley

A groundbreaking translation that expands understanding of the history of contact between First Nations peoples and Christian missionaries.



100 PHOTOS THAT CHANGED CANADA
Edited by Mark Collin Reid

From the Last Spike to Pierre Trudeau, from Vimy Ridge to Terry Fox, from Bob and Doug McKenzie to Ben Johnson, from Sir John A. Macdonald to Kim Campbell — these subjects come to life in 100 images that touch us, unsettle us, or make us proud to be Canadian. Contributors include Christie Blatchford, Will Ferguson, J.L. Granatstein, Peter Mansbridge, Don Newman, Jacques Poitras and Winona Wheeler.



SONGS UPON THE RIVERS
The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Métis from the Mississippi and the Great Lakes across to the Pacific
By Robert Foxcurran, Michel Bouchard, Sébastien Malette

Detroit, Vincennes, Boise, Grand Marais, Quesnel and Batoche are more than French dots on a map. They are stories now melded together that will change the North American historical narrative.



SURVIVING THE GULAG
A German Woman’s Memoir
By Ilse Johansen; Edited by Heather Marshall; Translated by Hans Rudolf Gahler; Introduction by Michael Seadle

Personal narrative of a German woman surviving five years in Russian prison camps.




ABENAKI DARING
The Life and Writings of Noel Annance, 1792–1869
By Jean Barman

The life and work of an Abenaki man illuminate the troubled history of Indigenous peoples.



Support history Right Now! Donate
© Canada's History 2016
FeedbackForm
Feedback Analytics