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Edmonton: Stories from the River City Paperback – Jul 1 2002

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Alberta Press; 1 edition (July 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888643926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888643926
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Edmonton: Stories from the River City may be the best yet for Edmonton's chronicler of history made entertaining and accessible. Tony would credit his material: certainly Edmonton boasts as many colourful characters and daring deeds as any Canadian city. But surely no other Canadian city can point to such a collection of tales well told.. Here, brought to life, among the mud and dust, the clamour of fire bells and the clanking of streetcars, are free trader John Norris, who bamboozled the mighty Hudson's Bay Company; Dick Rice, who turned a zany city loose on the radio; Bill Noak the butcher, whose end-of-week meat auctions kept many Depression-era families from malnutrition. These tales are uniformly entertaining. They are historically accurate. They portray a public spirit unique to our frontier tradition." The Honourable Jim Edwards, from the Foreword

"Cashman, a former CJCA broadcaster, has a personal way of writing about people such as Lawrence Garneau, John Walter and John Milner as if they were acquaintances... This is a story more about people and personalities than it is about history. And some of the black and white photos are fascinating, particularly a reproduction of an Emily Carr drawing of Edmonton in its infancy." Susan Jones, St. Albert Gazette

"Cashman has in the past given readers some of the finest stories ever written about the capital city. It's been too long since his last series of stories, but he has not lost his touch. His stories are as entertaining, pithy, and as accurate as ever." Hugh Dempsey, Alberta History, Autumn 2002

About the Author

Popular historian Tony Cashman is the author of some fifteen books on Alberta topics. A former broadcaster with CJCA and CKUA, and company historian and museum curator for Alberta Government Telephones, Tony has lived in Edmonton a long time.

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