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23558Re: [WarOf1812] (REP).Canadian Author Pierre Berton Dead at 84

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  • David Sigler
    Dec 1, 2004
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      A RESPONSE; Well, another great author has died on us amatuer historian types; I'm reading his "Invasion of Canada, War of 1812-1813". Very good book. I'm finding this book very good on the subject of the War of 1812. david a sigler

      Kevin Windsor <kevin.windsor@...> wrote:With sadness.

      By Jeffrey Hodgson
      TORONTO (Reuters) - Pierre Berton, whose populist tales of Canadian history made him one of the country's best known writers and media personalities, has died at age of 84.

      The prize-winning author died in a Toronto hospital on Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman said. The cause of death was not disclosed, but CBC television reported he died of heart failure.

      Berton was familiar to millions of Canadians through his trademark bow tie, fierce nationalism and frequent television appearance. His books brought to life the country's most exciting historical moments, ranging from the Klondike gold rush to the taking of Vimy Ridge in World War I.

      Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Berton began his career as a newspaper and magazine journalist. He became the city editor of a Vancouver newspaper at the age of 21, before moving to Toronto in 1947. He edited the national newsmagazine Maclean's and later joined the Toronto Star as a columnist.

      Berton also appeared on a number of CBC television programs, including "Close-Up," "The Pierre Berton Show," and the long-running "Front Page Challenge."

      But he entered a new phase of popularity when he began writing books about one of his favorite topics, Canadian history. The strong narratives and colorful personalities in his books awoke Canadians to a rich past many were unaware of.

      The prolific author's 50 books include "Klondike," about the famous gold rush, "The National Dream" and "The Last Spike," on building the country's railways, and "Vimy," which covered one of the Canadian military's most heroic battles.

      His works won him the country's top literary honor, the Governor General's Award, several times.

      Berton was also well know for his sense of humor. He appeared on a CBC comedy program this fall, demonstrating how roll a marijuana joint. He recommended using the pages of his own books.

      � Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved.

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