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Arc of the Medicine Line: Mapping the World's Longest Undefended Border Across the Western Plains Paperback – Mar 23 2009

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (March 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553654196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553654193
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Comparing a Canadian-history writer with Pierre Berton is not something that should be done lightly; Berton's ability to make history accessible to the masses is legendary. However, with Arc of the Medicine Line, Tony Rees has proven himself worthy of such a comparison...Rees's lively writing style, as well as his inclusion of witty and prescient excerpts from both personal letters and official reports, make this an engaging read." (Quill & Quire 2007-12-14)

"Like the careful surveyors he is writing about, Rees moves the reader from point to point in meticulous fashion. The detail may be thick at times...but Rees offers a vivid picture of the conditions under which the surveyors operated." (Canadian Geographic 2008-04-04)

"A cast of colourful and significant historical players populate a fascinating narrative." (Edmonton Journal 2007-12-14)

About the Author

Tony Rees, former supervisor of the City of Toronto Archives, moved west to become Calgary’s first city archivist in 1981, then chief archivist of Calgary’s Glenbow Museum from 1985 to 1993. He is the author of Hope’s Last Home: Travels in Milk River Country and Polo: The Galloping Game. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

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a great story May 24 2015
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Wonderful book.I had a copy of a photo of the 49th rangers and wondered who they were. Found this book a delightful explanation of the history of a little known group who did exceptional work under extreme circumstances.
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