Niagara: A History of the Falls (Google eBook)

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SUNY Press, Mar 1, 2010 - Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) - 481 pages
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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)
  

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Review: Niagara: A History of the Falls

User Review  - Marco den Ouden - Goodreads

My favorite book by Pierre Berton, this is a gripping history of Niagara Falls. Read full review

Review: Niagara: A History of the Falls

User Review  - Debbie - Goodreads

I recently saw the fall for the first time and can relate to the fascination they've held over the years. They are, in a word, mesmerizing. I heard a little bit about the history of the falls when I ... Read full review

Contents

Two
43
Three
65
Four
99
Five
123
Six
161
Seven
201
Eight
241
Nine
277
Eleven
351
Twelve
389
Thirteen
415
Afterword
440
Acknowledgements
450
Select Bibliography
452
Index
464
Copyright

Ten
317

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About the author (2010)

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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