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    1. Grass Beyond the Mountains : Discovering the Last Great Cattle Frontier on the North American Continent
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    Asin: 0771041705
    Catlog: Book (1978-01-01)
    Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
    Sales Rank: 47119
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read It!
    We own the Legacy Ranch high in the mountains of Northeastern Utah. For years we have loved the beauty of the unspoiled wilderness. Nursing newborn elk calves, watching Canadian Lynx outside their lairs, and many other adventures have cast us in the mold of lovers of the wilderness. To read the adventures of true cowboys, who started with nothing else but their "grit" and ended up with lives spent plumbing the depths of fun and hard work was one of the top literary experiences of our lives. This book, far better than the sequels, will be part o four Christmas giving this year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing To It!
    Nothing to reading it, that is. This is one of the first nonfictions books I've read that I have ever liked. I got interested in it when I saw the TV show 'Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy' and had to read the books. This book made me laugh and almost made me cry. The characters are too funny and very heart-warming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a book that has no comparison and no equal.
    Outstanding! This book was an absolute, heart pounding thrill to read. An epic illustration of the unstopable drive of the human heart and the unyeilding will of man to print his own name across the pages of time. Men and women of a class that survives now, only in the memories or our lost heritage. People with unconquerable spirit and no notion of the impossible. If comparison were possible, this book would be the Bendigo Shafter of non-fiction but even the endless imagination of the great Louis L'Amour could not stand against the unforgiving truth of a land not tamed by man. The writing is clear and descriptive, showing the obvious education and experience of it's author, a man who chose ranching by choice rather than out of necessity. As the pages turn, the reader gets a look into the lives of these mountain men and without effort, we learn to understand each and every character, almost to the point of friendship. Quite an accomplishment in a fast-paced 250 page book. The pride, drive, knowledge, and respect of these men for the world they lived in is unparelleled. Though I was forced to perform certain daily activities, my mind never left the book until I could complete it's last inspiring page and sit breathlesly paralized in awe and admiration of this newly created dream world. This is the greatest book that I have ever been given the pleasure to read and I don't hesitate to say that the next two books I read will be the conclusion to it's sequence.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hobson gives an excellent account of the way it really is.
    This book debunks the cowboy myth and shows the life of a rancher the way it really is. Well written, with tragedy and humor on every page, this book also shows the relationship between man and horse the way it should be. If I hadn't already been there, I'd go looking for a cowboy job now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Canadian History - Simple Elegant Writing
    There was a time, that can be recalled by just a few who are still alive, when northern British Columbia Canada was much like the American West. This book describes the adventures involved in surviving and prospering in cattle country. When you are done with the book you will feel that you have learned enough to lead a winter cattle drive through unknown country. As Pan says in the book, "Nothin' to it, nothin at all. ... Read more

    2. Paper Shadows : A Memoir of a Past Lost and Found
    by Wayson Choy
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    Asin: 0312284152
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-05)
    Publisher: Picador
    Sales Rank: 337456
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    From the author of the popular and widely acclaimed novel, The Jade Peony, comes this new autobiographical exploration of past and present, culture and selfhood, history and memory, immigration and family life--in other words, the modern-day collision of Eastern and Western experiences and worldviews.

    Three weeks before his 57th birthday, Choy discovered that he had been adopted. This astonishing revelation inspires the beautifully-wrought, sensitively told Paper Shadows, the story of a Chinatown past both lost and found. From his early life amid the ghosts of old Chinatown, to his discovery, years later, of deeply held family secrets that crossed the ocean from mainland China to Gold Mountain, this engrossing, multi-layered self-portrait is "a childhood memoir of crystalline clarity" (The Boston Globe) that will speak directly and arrestingly to all students of Chinese immigrant history.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mo-no juk sum Makes Good, Eloquently
    In anticipation of the lunar new year, I picked up this book. The author had me under his spell by the second page. In his memoir of growing up in the 1940's, as the son of Chinese immigrants in Vancouver's Chinatown, the reader learns that Mr. Choy, while on a promotional book tour in 1995, received a call from a woman who says that she just saw his mother. But his Toisanese mother died nearly two decades earlier, he tells the mysterious caller. No, the caller replies, she means his 'real mother.' And so the memoir and the mystery begin. In descriptive language that is hypnotic and nearly as haunting as a ghost filled home his family lived in, an extremely detailed portrait of his life as a young boy is drawn. In Part 1, his pre-school years are filled with family, Chinglish, mah-jong, lots of single "uncles" to take him for ice cream, nightly Chinese operas (his mother's version are a permanent barrier against pessimism), cowboy films, and his assertively willful tantrums. In Part 2, the author writes of his school years, English and Chinese lessons, stubbornness, truancy, confusion, helplessness, his pet dog, the humiliations his father endured at work, and the other concerns of children. In the last third of the book, Mr. Choy returns as an adult to the mystery of his and explores the hidden secrets of his family. Upon close reading, one learns about the stress of living as an Asian in North America during the War, a time when burials were only allowed in Asian-only cemeteries, when sick Asians were housed in the basement of the hospital, when Asians were offered payments to return to Asia if they promised never to return, and when men were not allowed to bring their families or wives over to the Gold Mountain from across the Pacific. On even closer reading, one can discern how different Chinese identities were crafted in North America by his grandfather, his parents, and finally himself in an in-between'ness third generation. ... Read more

    3. Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic
    by Kevin Krajick
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    Asin: 0716740265
    Catlog: Book (2001-10)
    Publisher: W. H. Freeman
    Sales Rank: 46238
    Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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    In the tradition of Sebastian' Junger's The Perfect Storm and Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, Barren Lands is the extraordinary tale of two small-time prospectors who risked their lives to discover $17 billion worth of diamonds in the desolate tundra of the far north.

    In the late 1970's, two men set out on a twenty-year search for a North American gem mine, along a fabled path that had defied 16th-century explorers, Wild West prospectors, and modern geologists.They are an unlikely pair: Chuck Fipke, a ragged, stuttering fellow with a singular talent for finding sand-size mineral grains, and Stew Blusson, an ultra-tough geologist and helicopter pilot.Inventive, eccentric and ruthless, they follow a trail of geologic clues left by predecessors all the way from backwoods Arkansas up the glaciated high Rockies into the vast and haunted "barren lands" of northern Canada.With a South African geochemist's "secret weapon," Fipke and Blusson outwit rivals, including the immense De Beers carte, and make one of the world's greatest diamond discoveries- setting off a stampede unseen since the Klondike gold rush.

    A story of obsession and scientific intrigue, Barren Lands is also an elegy to one of earth's last great wild places, a starkly beautiful and mysterious land strewn with pure lakes and alive with wolves and caribou.An endless variety of primeval glacial rock formations hide copper, zinc, and gold, in addition to diamonds.Now that the barrens are "open for business," what will happen to this great wilderness region?

    Barren Lands is an unforgettable journey for those who, in the words of a nineteenth-century trapper, "want to see that country before it is all gone."
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds, David and Goliath, and the Dark Side of Geology
    Barren Lands by Kevin Krajick is epic nonfiction without artifice. The author does not create straw heroes or villains, but presents the story and its participants warts and all. The search for diamonds in North America is the story, and myriad searchers enter and exit during the tale's almost 500 years. The ultimate discovery of the source of North America's diamonds in the Canadian Arctic is the goal of the story. Charles E. Fipke, a person who presents a lot of reasons for the reader to dislike him, is the unlikely David in the story and De Beers, the company with a stranglehold on the World's diamond markets, is the Goliath.

    Part of my interest in Barren Lands stems from my training as a geologist with an emphasis in mineral exploration. Part of the reason I became a high school earth science teacher has to do with my weakness at keeping scientific secrets. I knew that working for a mining or mineral exploration company would necessarily involve the nondisclosure of proprietary information and I knew that I couldn't do it. The tension between proprietary information and open scientific discourse is strongly portrayed in the book. Another reason for my interest comes from the fact that geology students of my generation were very aware of what these diamond deposits in North America should look like. I have been telling my 9th graders for years that somewhere in Canada there are some diamondiferous kimberlite pipes that have been glacially scoured and probably contain circular lakes, making them difficult to find. I have been telling them that someday someone would follow the diamonds in the glacial till covering northern North America back to the source of the diamonds. Barren Lands allowed me to enjoy the fact that at least one of the things I learned in college, and then passed on to my own students, was correct.

    I cannot recommend this book enough. If you have an interest in geology, exploration, history, nature, and economics, this book should keep you up late at night as you eagerly read the book to its conclusion. A special recommend to anyone interested in being an exploration or mining geologist. Some mining is necessary and mining is necessarily a destructive process. Mining resources like diamonds and gold present a large challenge to any environmentally oriented person since most of the money to be made on diamonds and gold is for luxury items, things humans could do without.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds, Danger, Desire
    Did you know that in about half of the states of the US people have found diamonds? Diamonds of more than two carats have been found, for example, in Ohio and Alabama, and finding them is often just child's play. Kids are the ones who pick these gems up, because kids are close to the ground and always looking for treasures. Finding a reliable supply of diamonds is much more difficult; the ones found on the ground are often chance deposits that were dropped when a glacier melted, but the glacier must have carried them from somewhere rich in diamonds. There aren't many such places, and it was a surprise that over the past decade, the Northwest Territories of Canada were deemed to be diamond mining country. The eerie, exciting, and disturbing story of how this came to be is told in _Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic_ (Times Books) by Kevin Krajick. The lure of diamonds has proved inescapable for a certain class of men for centuries, and Krajick's book tells about some of them he met while he did his research.

    The Barren Lands (yes, that is the designation you will see on maps) is a half million square mile region as far north as Americans can go. There are no roads and no people, and it is called barren because it is above the northern limits which trees can reach, Since diamond exploration has started, however, it could well be populated with workers producing gold, uranium, and other minerals. At the heart of the story of exploration here is Chuck Fipke, a weird little guy who does nothing to improve the image of geologists. When Fipke was in charge of a prospecting expedition, he drove his men ruthlessly, especially his own son with distressing ferocity ("When you're not eating or sleeping, you're working for me."). Fipke was just one of a long line of explorers to the region, and their history is well covered here. The unbelievable hardships of traversing the area, or working in it, are well described in many sections of the book; bears, mosquitoes, and deerflies all supply annoyance or danger. Then there were the people. Fipke could not keep his operation secret for long, and DeBeers and other mining firms shouldered in. Fipke's team painted the plywood cubicles that held the drills with camouflage paint that would prevent detection from the air, and even ordered army-surplus camouflage nets to cover supplies. This was not paranoia; there were commercial spy planes making regular flights to see what was up.

    The prospectors faced challenges from the environmentalists, who worried that the caribou, wolves, falcons, wolverines, and bears would get shoved aside by the industrialization of a previously pristine area, and the local tribes worried about water pollution, looting of artifacts left by their ancestors, and "perhaps most of all they worried that they might be left out of the profits." Barren Lands now has a hugely expensive mining factory, and will simply churn out millions of dollars worth of diamonds every year. There is a pressure to build roads and power lines to the site, which will mean more alteration of a basically natural area, but profits like these cannot be resisted. While Fipke and his partners are all now unimaginably rich, they are not unimaginably happy. Fipke alienated many of his crew, and shattered his family during the most intense of the mining preparations. He admits that putting all his energy into his mine had its price. "But that was _cool_! To do all that we did? It was _fun_!" It is not surprising that with this attitude, all the riches and all the family problems haven't made a difference: he is still out there looking for the next strike.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What's required to find a multi-billion dollar mine

    Rating: "A" -- the obsession, hard work, heartbreak and good luck
    required to make a multi-billion dollar discovery. Highly

    This is the story of the discovery of the Ekati diamond mine, in the
    Barren Lands of the Northwest Territories, by Chuck Fipke, Hugo
    Dummett, and others.

    Hugo Dummett signed on with Superior Oil in 1978 to prospect for
    diamonds in North America, just as the science of using indicator
    minerals -- pyrope garnets, chrome diopside and chromite -- for
    diamond exploration was being worked out. Superior started
    prospecting around Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds -- now
    inconveniently a State Park. Hugo and Mike Wolfhard hired Chuck
    Fipke and his crew to sample the area. Lots of fun with jungly brush
    and shotgun-toting landowners... Hugo even tried to sweet-talk Gov.
    Bill Clinton into leasing him the park!

    Fipke is a poster child for the space-case prospector-geologist, but he's
    smart, has a sharp eye and was an *amazingly* hard worker. But a
    *terrible* boss -- he drove his workers to exhaustion, and wouldn't
    take elementary safety precautions, even on helicopter-supported
    work. It's remarkable he didn't kill anyone [note 1].

    The road to Ekati was not direct. Superior's exploration program (and
    their competitors') went down the usual side tracks and dead ends --
    including rediscovery of the salted site of a 19th century diamond
    fraud. Then -- just as Fipke & company were developing some truly
    good-looking Barren Lands prospects -- Mobil Oil bought Superior,
    and summarily axed all Canadian exploration. Thud.

    Fipke and Dia Met scrambled for money from family, friends and
    penny-stock speculators, raising enough to stake a sizeable claim-
    block near Lac de Gras, in the trackless barrens a couple hundred
    miles northeast of Yellowknife. Then the money was gone, and none
    of the pros were interested in Dia Met's "moose pasture." Bankruptcy
    loomed -- but Dummett landed a new job with BHP, with a healthy
    budget, and he quickly leased the Fipke-Dia Met ground.

    Word of the BHP deal brought De Beers, Corona and others into the
    area, but the *real* excitement started when BHP's first drillhole
    found diamonds -- lots of diamonds! Despite strenuous secrecy
    efforts, the word got out -- as it always does -- and the Great Diamond
    Rush of 1991 was on! Tundra was staked by the township, and Dia
    Met stock, which sold for 50c. a share in mid-91, hit $67 by the end of
    1992. Fipke and his partners were paper billionaires.

    The Ekati mine was commissioned in late 1998. Capital cost was
    US$700 million. Sales of US$448 million (FY 2001) yielded gross
    earnings of $285 million (!, EBITDA = earnings before interest, tax,
    depreciation & amortization = gross profit). Mine life is expected to exceed
    25 years.

    District exploration costs (1989-98, Ekati-Diavik district, all companies)
    exceeded US$500 million(!). A second mine, Diavik (Rio Tinto-Aber),
    inconveniently located directly under Lac de Gras, is scheduled to go
    into production in 2003 at an estimated capital cost of US$885 million.
    Serious money is involved here. [Financial data from BHP 2001
    annual report, and various web reports. Don't expect much financial
    information in the book. Google is your friend.

    Fipke & his longtime partner, geologist Stewart Blusson, each retain a
    10%(!!) interest in the Ekati mine. (Blusson later gave $50 million to
    UBC, his alma mater). When the big bucks rolled in, Fipke's marriage
    fell apart, his brother sued him (as did many others), and his son
    stopped speaking to him. The Big Strike had its costs.

    The book's meandering start might put you off, but don't be
    discouraged -- Krajick has a fine story to tell, and once he get's rolling,
    this is strong stuff. No geologist who's worked in exploration -- or
    anyone with a taste for an old-fashioned strike-it-rich story -- should
    miss this one .
    Note 1) There was fatal helicopter crash at the BHP camp in 1992,
    while Fipke was project manager. The apparent cause was pilot error
    -- flying without reeling in the sling-line -- but Fipke wasn't directly

    Happy reading!
    Peter D. Tillman
    Consulting Geologist, Tucson & Santa Fe (USA)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Revised review
    On October 17,2001, I submitted a harsh and critical review of Barren Lands, by Kevin Krajick, which is still being presented by After discussions with the author and others, I regret the too negative tone of my review and now wish to modify my comments to reflect my much more favorable opinion of the work and its intregrity. I hope that visitors to this web site will discount my earlier comments.


    John S. White

    5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds and Minerals, look and you will find.
    Great story of the quest for diamonds. Just goes to show you, that if you are allowed to look you can find anything society wants.

    A great story about a driven geologist that does not take no for an answer. Prospecting is alive and well, if the greenies do not lock it all up! ... Read more

    4. Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie
    by Laurel Oke Logan
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    Asin: 0764225626
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
    Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 249365
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    The Story of One of the Most Beloved Novelists of Our Time

    Written by her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, this book offers intimate glimpses into the life and heritage of author Janette Oke. An ordinary woman with extraordinary gifts, Janette grew up on the Canadian prairie to eventually become the wife of a pastor and educator, the mother of four grown children, a grandmother who delights in her grandchildren—and one of the best known and love Christian novelists of our time. You'll discover how the strength of family connections and spiritual values have shaped her life and permeate her novels from the first, Love Comes Softly, to her most recent. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration
    I was thoroughly inspired by reading this book. It seemed to me to be a little slow developing at the beginning, due to a fairly complex family history. Even this should be interesting to people who like history from the perspective of people who lived it. It is well organized, and provides a good description of the environment that nurtured this God-inspired writer. Janette Oke's life experiences are so easy to identify with, and her dependence on God so well portrayed that it is an inspiration to me. It is also fascinating to learn how one of my favorite writers arrived at her mission in life. ... Read more

    5. A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania With a Maverick Traveler
    by Thomas Swick
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    Asin: 1592281702
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
    Sales Rank: 63335
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Take a journey of discovery to the unsung places on the globe.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond travel
    Tom Swick has written not just an exceptional travel book, but an exceptional book. Period. Horizon broadening, mind opening, amusing, pure pleasure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The world's mine oyster, which I with pen will open.
    Delightful! Thomas Swick's writing is elegant, his observations about the places I've been to are perfect, and his descriptions of places I haven't seen make me feel like I've just been there. Highly recommended. ... Read more

    6. Nikkei In The Pacific Northwest: Japanese Americans & Japanese Canadians In The Twentieth Century (Emil and Kathleen Sick Lecture-Book Series in Western History and Biography)
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    Asin: 0295984619
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-31)
    Publisher: University of Washington Press
    Sales Rank: 430288
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    Challenging the notion that Nikkei individuals before and during World War II were helpless pawns manipulated by forces beyond their control, the diverse essays in this rich collection focus on the theme of resistance within Japanese American and Japanese Canadian communities to twentieth-century political, cultural, and legal discrimination. They illustrate how Nikkei groups were mobilized to fight discrimination through assertive legal challenges, community participation, skillful print publicity, and political and economic organization.

    Comprised of all-new and original research, this is the first anthology to highlight the contributions and histories of Nikkei within the entire Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia. ... Read more

    7. The Mad Trapper of Rat River : A True Story of Canada's Biggest Manhunt
    by Dick North
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    Asin: 1592281176
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
    Sales Rank: 49652
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    They called it The Arctic Circle War. It was a manhunt the likes of which we will never see again. The quarry, Albert Johnson, was a loner working a string of traps in the far reaches of Canada's Northwest Territories, where winter temperatures average forty degrees below zero.

    The chase began when a Mountie came to ask Johnson about allegations that he had interfered with a neighbor's trap. No questions were asked. Johnson shot Officer Millen dead through a hole in the wall of his log cabin. A vicious firefight ensued. When the Mounties returned with reinforcements, Johnson was gone, and The Arctic Circle War had begun.

    It was a forty-eight-day odyssey across the harshest terrain in the world. On Johnson's heels were a corps of Mounties and an irregular posse on dogsled, supplied by airplanes dropping food. Johnson, onsnowshoes, seemed superhuman in his ability to evade capture. The chase stretched for hundreds of miles, and during a blizzard crossed the Richardson Mountains, the northernmost extension of the Rockies. It culminated in the historic shootout at Eagle River.

    There will never be another chase like it.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Where' the justice?
    Thes is a very interesting story.It is well written and well researched.It was also done by Rudy Weibe and Thomas P.Kelley.
    Kelley also wrote "the Black Donnellys".His style was much different;more along the lines of a Pulp fiction writer;where the story is essentially the same,but greatly embellished with fictional conversation,descriptions of events and details whenever needed to tell the story as excitedly as possible.
    In Johnson's Case, he had every right to refuse entry to someone without a warrant.It may not have been smart on his part,and no doubt really angered the law.So on the return visit the law was going to get him regardless;blow him away if necessary (they were armed and equipped with explosives to do it).What Johnson's mental state was ,who knows,except those who came to get him;and they tried.Don't forget they really had nothing on him at this point except their pride was damaged because of his resisting. What really happened ;there,s only their side of the story. At this point Johnson was in a no win situation and the law knew it,and so did he.I remind you again,the law was in total control when they set off this chain of events.
    In the case of the Black Donnellys ;they opened their door to the demand of a constable and posse and 4 defenseless people were murdered and their home burned down on top of them.
    These are two very sad stories in Canadian history ;neither one resolved,but both deserve to be known.
    Without books like these, stories like these, would be swept under the carpet.
    This is real history;not the stuff about trappers exploring a river in a canoe and asking students what they were called.
    This brings to mind what a War Correspondant once said;
    "Don't believe a politician or anyone in uniform."

    4-0 out of 5 stars Rat River Trapper: Mad or Misanthropic?
    It was a bitterly cold December 26, 1931 when four members of the RCMP approached the small cabin of a mysterious trapper named Albert Johnson. There sole intent was to question Johnson about a complaint made by a neighbouring trapper concerning traps that had been tampered with. But without a word, the trapper fired upon the constables, injuring one. Shortly thereafter, Johnson had disappeared into the bush, thus instigating an epic manhunt that would last close to fifty days, and span some 150 miles.

    Forty years later, author Dick North set out to document the story, and, more importantly, try and cast light on the identity of the mysterious Albert Johnson. Relying heavily on eye-witness accounts, North pieces together an interesting, sometimes rivetting story. But admittedly, there are limitations, and in the end, much is left to conjecture.

    North concludes that Albert Johnson was more than likely a man who also went by the name of Arthur Nelson, and who for seven years prior to his death supposedly trapped and prospected in northern Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Alway quiet and "non-commital" this Arthur Nelson came and went mysteriously, and exhibited traits quite similar to that of the Mad Trapper.

    Although disdained by some--especially women, around whom he evidently was extremely shy--many were understanding of his peculiar loner idiocincricies. But, provided that this Arthur Nelson is in fact Albert Johnson--which appears to be fairly likely--he apparently grew increasingly paranoid and suspicious of people. All of which led people to believe that he was hiding something. And as is always the case, there is much speculation as to what it was.

    The author addresses this at the end of the book, but given that there is little evidence to work with, it's left to the reader to decide: was he a murderer, illegal immigrant, or simply a misanthrope caught up in events beyond his control?

    All and all, a very interesting book and thrilling read, but in order to get the fully story--supposedly--of who the Mad Trapper was, one has to read Trackdown, which was published in 1989.

    Trackdown is the result of twenty-odd years of North's obsessive research into the identity of the Mad Trapper. In the first part of the book, North addresses several theories of who the Mad Trapper could have been, but in each case he manages to uncover evidence that dismiss these individuals.

    The turning point in his hunt comes when he was contacted by the North Dakota State Historical Society. As it turns out, there is a small article in a county history stating that the Mad Trapper may have in fact been a man by the name of Johnny Johnson.

    Born Johan Konrad Jonsen in Norway in 1898, Johnson had emigrated to the USA with his parent at the age of six. Life in Dakota was a constant struggle and brought the family little gain, so at a young age Johnson reverted to crime. This resulted in several prison sentences before finally in 1923 he disappeared, presumably heading north into Canada.

    Initially, I was very skeptical about this theory; to me, there was little resemblence between the three mug shots of Johnny Johnson, the 1930 Ross River photo showing Arthur Nelson and the pictures of the dead Mad Trapper. But as I read on, North did put together a compelling argument, and the more I read and the more I studied the pictures, the more plausable it all became. Interestingly, the Johnson family had in fact been in contact with the RCMP several years after the incident; Johnson's mother, having seen the picture of the Mad Trapper, was certain that he was her son. But the RCMP dismissed this claim, as it did all other such claims, leaving the mystery unsolved.

    While North's argument seems plausable, I was still left with a nagging sense of doubt. While his evidence is compelling, it is far from conclusive and could quite easily be picked apart by someone with the time and resources to do so. One way to solve the matter would of course be to exhume the Mad Trapper and take DNA samples and conduct other forensic tests. North, believing that the body would still be in reasonably good shape, attempted to do this; but these efforts were stymied by the locals.

    So although North presents a compelling argument for Johnny Johnson being the Mad Trapper, the case is not closed. The myth lives on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AbbbsoLUUUUTely RRRRRiveting!!
    Could NOT put the book down. Was on vacation up IN the Yukon riding on the Yukon Queen DOWN the Yukon River. And probably missed lots of great scenery because was reading this book. Read it in less than 24 hours. What a great writing style and format!!
    One, after reading it, should then see the Charles Bronson/Lee Marvin move about it... The book of course gives alot more details and background but the movie is great too.
    Reading the book makes you want to go out and buy a bowie knife and build a cabin!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Northern Blockbuster
    This book has been a big seller for many years... and the inspiration for motion pictures such as CHALLENGE TO BE FREE. No one knew who the "Mad Trapper" was til author Dick North tracked him down -- all spelled out in this and a later book,"Trackdown." You'll thrill to this tale of a powerful but desperate human being who led the Canadian Mounties in an incredible chase through the lofty Richardson Mountains in the dead of winter.

    The Mad Trapper was the inspiration for still another book about the frozen north -- MARK OF THE WHITE WOLF, an e-book out of Blue Knight Enterprises in Hyde Park, NY.

    5-0 out of 5 stars captivating
    i have read many versions of this tale since living in canada and each tale has a twist.i am interested in every tale to be printed. ... Read more

    8. Marguerite Bourgeoys and Montreal, 1640-1665 (Mcgill-Queen's Studies in the History of Religion)
    by Sr. Patricia Simpson
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    Asin: 0773516077
    Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
    Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
    Sales Rank: 2027269
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    9. Group of Seven in Western Canada
    by The Glenbow Museum, Cathy Mastin
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    Asin: 1552634396
    Catlog: Book (2002-07)
    Publisher: Key Porter Books
    Sales Rank: 777140
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    With 130 stunning images and photographs to accompany the fascinating and insightful text, The Group of Seven in Western Canada is a unique and outstanding contribution to the history and legacy of Canadian art.

    For more than 80 years, the Group of Seven has been Canada's best-known art collective. Founded in 1920, the Group were recognized for their strikingly bold, modernist and colorful images of the Canadian landscape. In creating their art, the Group also contributed greatly to Canada's emerging sense of identity.

    While much has been written about the Group, as both a collective and as individual artist, there has never been an examination of their work from an exclusively regional perspective. For the first time, and in conjunction with the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, The Group of Seven in Western Canada explores the influence of the western Canada on their art.

    In The Group of Seven in Western Canada, Catharine Mastin, curator of the Group of Seven Glenbow exhibition, along with five other curators and scholars, explore the inspiration and influence of the west on both the Group's artwork and their sense of national identity. A multiplicity of viewpoints are expressed in this book as each author explores the Group's relationship with the West from their own unique point of view. The book focuses on the significant themes and works produced by the Group from artistic, political, geographical, social and cultural perspectives in order to create the first, and most comprehensive, study of the Group's western muse. ... Read more

    10. Charting the Sea of Darkness: The Four Voyages of Henry Hudson (Kodansha Globe)
    by Donald S. Johnson
    list price: $14.00
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    Asin: 156836105X
    Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
    Publisher: Kodansha Amer Inc
    Sales Rank: 819606
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars great book
    This book is surprising gem of exploration and biography. Johnson makes excellent use of a vast colection of maps, something sorely lacking in many similar books. His grasp of history and the ocean make this a particularly good and informative read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent biography of Henry Hudson
    Not much is known about Henry Hudson, and records are few, but Johnson manages to piece together all of the main elements into one easily-readable book. Johnson also brings his own experience as a sailor to the book, giving it a new facet for readers. Based mostly on Hudson's own journals, this is a concise picture of Hudson's known voyages, with a lot of interesting and informative asides. I recommend this book ... Read more

    11. Shania Twain
    by Robin Eggar

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    Asin: 0747247935
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-04)
    Publisher: Headline
    Sales Rank: 207934
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    12. The Toronto Terror
    by James A. Barclay
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    Asin: 1886947937
    Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
    Publisher: Gale Group
    Sales Rank: 1144596
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    13. The Black Devil Brigade: The True Story of the First Special Service Force in World War II
    by Joseph A. Springer
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0935553509
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
    Publisher: Motorbooks International
    Sales Rank: 205863
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING READING!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A WWII MASTERPIECE!
    The Black Devil Brigade is the compelling account of the 1st Special Service Force as seen through the eyes of the men who were the pioneers of our modern day Special Force units. Simmering first-hand accounts bring the humorous day to day activities of the unit coupled with their terrible and tragic episodes of the war at a very personal level. The book is written is such a style that I found myself emotional attached to the men as most of the stories are powerful and moving. I felt as if I were there and personally knew these men. It's quite simply a passionate masterpiece of Second World War oral history and should be required reading for all infantry ranks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence Continued
    Mr. Springer may have been initially motivated by the desire to honor his uncle (killed serving with the First Special Service Force) but his work honors all who served in that unit. One seldom sees an oral history which tells the story of a unit so well. All the contributions by unit members tell the story without the distractions often found in other compilations. Always engaging, you just don't want to put the book down. Not only does one learn about the unit and individuals who made up that unit but one also learns about the equipment used, how it was acquired, and the soldiers' opinions of its performance. An amazing amount of information presented in a way that also entertains and honors the men who served.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A true tribute
    Hats off to Joe Springer....! He did the men of 5-2 and the FSSF an honor. My father was a Lieutenant in 5-2 FSSF and one of the main characters of the book, and Joe's Uncle was one of my father's NCO's who was KIA on Anzio. The personal accounts in the book may sound far fetched and exaggerated. However, this is far from the truth. The exploits of the men of the FSSF are a matter of record. Every man who served in the FSSF is a very unique individual. I got to know many of these gentlemen over the years by attending the annual FSSF reunions. And yes, what an honor and a privilege to just meet and speak with them about WWII and life in general. Every man in the FSSF willingly, and knowingly volunteered to join a unit where the odds of being accepted in the unit is less than 20%, and your chances for survival were even less. Thank You Joe for getting my father to open up regarding his experiences during WWII for your book. It also meant so much to him to honor the men in his command who were taken, that were not only soldiers/warriors, but true friends forever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN

    14. Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts
    by Ian Ferguson
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    Asin: 1553650697
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-10)
    Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
    Sales Rank: 538519
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    In 1959, just one step ahead of the law, Ian Ferguson's parents left the sophisticated big-city life of Edmonton for Fort Vermilion - once a fur-trapping frontier town, now a remote aboriginal settlement in northernmost Alberta. There, Ian and his six brothers and sisters grew up without indoor plumbing, electricity, central heating, or even a radio. Beginning with the dramatic events surrounding his birth (including a paddlewheel ferry heading for destruction, a legendary rowboat trip, and a life-and-death race against time), the richly recalled events of Ferguson's life and a vivid array of characters make for a taut and appealingly idiosyncratic tale. ... Read more

    15. The Silence of the North
    by Olive A. Fredrickson, Ben East
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    Asin: 1585741779
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
    Sales Rank: 262234
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Here is the incredible true story of one woman’s fight for survival in the Arctic wilderness.

    When she was nine years old, Olive Fredrickson witnessed her mother’s death in the Arctic wilderness.At nineteen, she married a trapper who led her into a perilous life far removed from the comforts of civilization. Told from a harrowing first-person perspective, Fredrickson recounts the hair-raising experiences of her first years in the frozen wasteland that was her husband’s hunting ground.When her attempt to run a farm single-handedly, after her husband’s death, threatened to end in ruin, Fredrickson walked 40 miles alone to the nearest village, in a desperate attempt to obtain food for her starving family by bartering against future crops. It was a life-or-death journey filled with bears, wolves, and unparalleled danger.

    THE SILENCE OF THE NORTH is a story of extraordinary adventure, courage, and human determination in the face of impossible odds. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sad but wonderful
    A story of a courageous strong woman. Descriptions of the environment (land & conditions) enticing. I found myself being scared right along side of Olive. A real adventure story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Action packed,full of suspense story , good for all ages.
    A fresh, uncomplicated tale of the people who adventured north in the past. Action packed, engaging and reveling, this book will remain for ever one of my favorite adventure and romance stories. It shows much about how people may face a foreign environment, difficulties, and above all themselves. All comes out in very simple and clear language, with suits the story and the characters divinely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books and also made for T.V. Movies
    This was a favorite, and it was done with no bad words or violence, other than from nature, I loved it and still wonder what happened to Olive and her second husband after they were married and flew off in the airplane. I watch it everytime it comes on tv. I have taped it and shown it many times to company.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great adventure!`
    I loved this book. Very interesting, exciting reading; great for a winter curl-up-by-the-fire book. I especially liked the way Mrs. Fredrickson told, simply and plainly, her story of life in an incredibly harsh North. Some of her experiences were basic survival, and I don't know how she did it. I would recommend this story to anyone who wants to "get out of the rut" of reading the same old thing. It was fabulous! I will read it again and again. ... Read more

    16. Journey to the Ice Age: Discovering an Ancient World
    by Peter L. Storck
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    Asin: 0774810289
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
    Sales Rank: 507529
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    At the end of the Ice Age, small groups of hunter-gatherers crossed from Siberia to Alaska and opened the last chapter in the human settlement of the earth. Many left little or no trace. But one group--the Early Paleo-Indians--exploded suddenly on the archaeological record about 11,500 years ago and expanded rapidly throughout North America and, eventually, into South America.

    Journey to the Ice Age focuses on the Early Paleo-Indians of northeastern North America. A revealing, autobiographical account, it is at once a captivating record of Storck’s archaeological discoveries, as well as an introduction to the practice, challenges, and spirit of archaeology. ... Read more

    17. The Donnelly Album: The Complete & Authentic Account of Canada's Famous Feuding Family
    by Ray Fazakas
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    Asin: 1895565618
    Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
    Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
    Sales Rank: 531789
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    18. The House of All Sorts
    by Emily Carr, Susan Musgrave
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    Asin: 1553650549
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-09)
    Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
    Sales Rank: 1316323
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    Before winning recognition as an artist and writer, Emily Carr served as landlady to an apartment building where she bred English sheep dogs to supplement a meager income. A collection of stories about those hard-working days, The House of All Sorts features vividly portrayed tenants who frequently surprise Carr with their foibles, as well as the beloved canines who provide her with companionship. Carr is at her most acerbic and rueful, but also filled with vitality and an inextinguishable hope. ... Read more

    19. Yukon Lady: A Tale of Loyalty and Courage
    by Hugh Maclean, MacLean
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    Asin: 0888391862
    Catlog: Book (1985-01-01)
    Publisher: Hancock House Publishing
    Sales Rank: 848515
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    20. Klondike Women: True Tales of the 1897-1898 Gold Rush
    by Melanie J. Mayer
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    Asin: 0804009279
    Catlog: Book (1989-12-01)
    Publisher: Swallow Press
    Sales Rank: 207627
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