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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (5 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470836563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470836569
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Canadian History For Dummies, 2nd edition takes readers on a wild ride through Canadian history, from its first nations heritage right through to Paul Martin′s shaky minority government. Previous sections have been revised with up–to–the–minute scholarship, and a new chapter covers the eventful half–decade since the publication of the first edition. In his trademark irreverent style, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada′s double–gold in hockey at the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien′s decision not to participate in the war in Iraq, and dissects the sponsorship scandal.

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Will Ferguson has lived and worked in every region of Canada, from the Okanagan Valley of BC to the farmlands of rural Quebec, from Saskatoon to southern Ontario, from Manitoba to PEI.
He is the author of several bestselling books on Canadian history and culture, including the Leacock Medal for Humour–winning Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw (a travel memoir), and Bastards & Boneheads (a study in Canadian leadership styles). With his brother Ian, he wrote the wildly successful humour book How to Be a Canadian, which sold over 145,000 copies and won the Libris Award for Non–Fiction Book of the Year.
Will′s debut novel Happiness (originally published under the title Generica) won the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. It has been published in 31 countries and 24 languages around the world.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson on 12 Jan. 2011
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This is a great way to read up on our history. I wish they used this back when i took social studies in school. It is simplified and well written with funny comments and interesting facts. If you are looking for a quick overview of the "highlighs" of Canadian history, then this is a good buy. if you expect a deeper background into specifics, then you should perhaps search for a book related to a more narrowed down topic. this is a good all rounder and fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lamppu on 27 Dec. 2011
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I thought I knew about Canada but reading Dummies Canadian History reveals that I knew very little and much of what I knew is wrong. I knew that they don't want to be compared with the the country south of the border - begins with a U. The Canadians do their own thing and are totally different from the country that starts with a U. They probably ARE different. They have two big official languages - I knew that. They also have dozens of little ones - how official they are I still have to find out. I mean aboriginal languages. It is interesting that the climate is so extreme, considering that Ottawa for instance is on the same latitude as Bordeaux, France and Florence, Italy. The weather is much milder in those European latitudes. The huge North American continent does that. - This is just the beginning. I have just started to read the book. I'm glad I bought the book. I hope to avoid many embarrassing moments with Canadians after having studied it cover to cover.
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I came across this in the Halifax airport and read it on the plane back to the UK. I was so impressed I subsequently recommended it to my UK students going for their exchange year in Canada, independent of what they were studying, if only to convince them Canada is not just the USA minus firearms plus socialised medicine. There is however more than the expected political history narrative, though this is well set out for the uninitiated. More crucially sidebars deal with the nature of debate over various aspects of the Canadian past, suggesting why different people both in the general public and in academia interpret various aspects of the past in often quite contrasting ways. The author doesn't just deal with disputes in the past but outlines subsequent debate as to how these contested events should be understood and remembered, doing it in an accessible fashion, something others could usefully emulate. The author's humorous take on his homeland moves this outline history along in an enjoyable but useful fashion. As someone who as taught US history for 35 years I found this book exposed how little I knew about Canada, but in a way that engaged my interest, and which made me want to tell others about both the subject and the book.
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By Don Davis on 5 April 2015
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I'm an Englishman who grew up with a profound ignorance about Canada, who I'm ashamed to admit three visits to the country as a British Civil Servant in the 70's largely failed to enlighten. This book has really opened my eyes, and in my view it's essential reading for any European who wishes Canada well and wants to understand its history better.
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By Radek on 21 Nov. 2013
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If you want to find out everything there is to know about the great country of Canada, then this is the book. With more than 500 pages of History, not bad for a country that was discoverd by europeans merely 500 years ago, it really offers more than you would ever dream of knowing. Ideal for anyone with an interest of Canada.
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