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1. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's
2. Weeds of the Midwestern United
3. How to Move to Canada: A Primer
4. Canada (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
5. 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A.
6. Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming
7. Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal
8. A History of Christianity in the
9. The American in Canada: Real-Life
10. Pioneers in Canada (Illustrated
11. Canada (Country Guide)
12. Owls of the United States and
13. Frommer's Canada (Frommer's Complete)
14. Live & Work in Canada, 5th
15. A Countess from Canada A Story
16. Canada Wall Map (tubed)
17. A Short History of Canada: Sixth
18. Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding
19. Penguin History of Canada
20. Fire and Ice: The United States,

1. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
by Paul Tough
Paperback: 336 Pages (2009-09-10)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$4.95
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Asin: 0547247966
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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What would it take?

That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children—not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children’s Zone, a ninety-seven-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America. His conclusion: if you want poor kids to be able to compete with their middle-class peers, you need to change everything in their lives—their schools, their neighborhoods, even the child-rearing practices of their parents.

Whatever It Takes is a tour de force of reporting, an inspired portrait not only of Geoffrey Canada but of the parents and children in Harlem who are struggling to better their lives, often against great odds. Carefully researched and deeply affecting, this is a dispatch from inside the most daring and potentially transformative social experiment of our time.
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Book Description
What would it take?

That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children--not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children's Zone, a ninety-seven-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America. His conclusion: if you want poor kids to be able to compete with their middle-class peers, you need to change everything in their lives--their schools, their neighborhoods, even the child-rearing practices of their parents.

Whatever It Takes is a tour de force of reporting, an inspired portrait not only of Geoffrey Canada but also of the parents and children in Harlem who are struggling to better their lives, often against great odds. Carefully researched and deeply affecting, this is a dispatch from inside the most daring and potentially transformative social experiment of our time.

About the Author
Paul Tough is an editor at the New York Times Magazine and one of America's foremost writers on poverty, education, and the achievement gap. His reporting on Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children's Zone originally appeared as a Times Magazine cover story. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Questions for Paul Tough

Amazon.com: What makes Geoffrey Canada's approach to educating poor city kids different than the many reforms that have come before?

Tough: Geoff is taking a much more comprehensive approach than earlier reformers. His premise is that kids in neighborhoods like Harlem face so many disadvantages--poorly run schools, poorly educated parents, dangerous streets--that it doesn't make sense to tackle just one or two of those problems and ignore the rest. And so he has created, in the Harlem Children’s Zone, an integrated set of programs that support the neighborhood's children from cradle to college, in school and out of school.

Amazon.com: This is a short book about a long story. How did you find a way to tell the story of such a complicated, long-term transformation?

Tough: When I set out to write this book, my main goal was to tell an engaging story, to find characters and moments and conflicts that would reflect the changes that were going on in Harlem. I wanted to present Geoff Canada more as a protagonist in a drama than as a static subject of a biography. And in that respect, I got lucky in my choice of subject, because during the years I spent reporting on his work, Geoff was in the middle of some major transformations, both personal and organizational. I was also lucky to find a variety of other characters in Harlem, from teachers and administrators to students and parents, who really opened up to me, speaking candidly and eloquently about their own hopes and fears for their children and their futures. With their help, I think I was able to make the book not just an account of some important new ideas in poverty and education, but a human story as well.

Amazon.com: You've spent much of the past five years reporting in Harlem. Beyond the school successes, do you see differences between the parts of the city within the Children's Zone and nearby neighborhoods where the program hasn't expanded yet?

Tough: Harlem as a whole has improved a great deal over the last decade--a process that Geoffrey Canada can take some credit for, though there were plenty of other people and forces that played a role. On a block-by-block level, though, it's not always possible to see the difference between a street that is in the zone and one that's outside of it. The most important changes in the zone are going on out of view, inside schools and apartments and housing projects, where children are, for the first time, learning the skills they need to succeed.

Amazon.com: Barack Obama has said that he would replicate the Harlem Children's Zone in 20 other cities. Have any other organizations begun to follow Canada's model in other places, or are they waiting to see how it goes (or waiting for Obama to be elected)?

Tough: There is a tremendous amount of interest right now in Geoffrey Canada's work among people working in education and philanthropy and social-service non-profits. And there are fledgling zone projects in a handful of cities, all drawing upon the Harlem Children’s Zone to some degree. But there's nothing yet happening on the scale that Obama has proposed. I do think people are waiting to see what Obama does. Will he take the steps necessary to put his replication plan into effect?

Amazon.com: How much of its effectiveness depends on Canada himself? Can you model him, as well as his program?

Tough: He's a unique guy. His personal story--born in poverty in the South Bronx, growing up around drugs and violence, then making it out of the ghetto and winding up at Harvard--was what gave him the passion and the commitment to create the Harlem Children's Zone in the face of numerous obstacles and widespread skepticism. So it's probably true that no one else could have built the first zone. But I think this next stage, the process of expanding the zone model around the country, will require leaders of a different type--people who are passionate about the mission of improving the lives of poor children, of course, but more importantly people who are very focused on results and how to achieve them. Those people may be rare, but they're out there.

Amazon.com: Finally, how are Victor and Cheryl [a young couple who went through the Zone's Baby College in the book] doing?

Tough: They're doing pretty well! They're still struggling with all the issues that most young adults in Harlem struggle with, like finding affordable housing and a decent job. But they're committed to their son, Victor Jr., and to the new parenting techniques they learned in Baby College. They're determined to do whatever it takes to give Victor Jr. a shot at a very different kind of future than they were able to imagine for themselves, growing up.

Questions for Geoffrey Canada

Amazon.com: How do you change the culture of a neighborhood while keeping its local values?

Canada: We are not changing Harlem's culture--we are working to provide an alternative to the toxic popular culture and street culture that glorify violence and anti-social behavior. When you are a scared kid, all this tough-guy stuff is very seductive. We are working with people from the community to provide safe, enriching, and engaging environments for children so they can develop just like their middle-class peers. By encompassing an entire neighborhood, we hope to reach a tipping point where the dominant culture is one that explicitly and implicitly moves children toward success.

Amazon.com: You say in the book, "It is my fundamental belief that the folk who care about public education the most, who really want to see it work, are destroying it." Can you explain what you mean by that? Have you been able to change any of those minds through your work?

Canada: First, let me say that I believe school staff--particularly teachers--perform one of the most important jobs in our country, and many of them are the most dedicated, hard-working professionals I know. I believe it is absolutely scandalous that they are not paid more and given more respect as professionals. That said, I believe our country's education bureaucracy has become calcified and resistant to change--and we are in dire need of change. When education self-interest groups defend practices that get in the way of improving schools for the sake of children, then I am absolutely opposed to them.

I believe that the successes we are having in Harlem are beginning to turn some heads in this country, and making people realize that things are not hopeless--that we adults can improve student achievement at a much-larger scale than we have been doing. It's obvious that the system that got us here is not the one that is going to get us out. So everyone is going to have to re-evaluate their roles, their assumptions and their positions. I think that has begun, but we are not there yet as a country.

Amazon.com: The story in the book ends in the summer of 2007. What has happened in your work, especially at Promise Academy, in the past year?

Canada: This past academic year was very encouraging and it really seemed like the school began to coalesce. The most obvious sign of that were the scores on the citywide math exam at our middle school, which had been the school with the most challenges. This past spring, 97 percent of the eighth graders were at or above grade level. For an area like Harlem, that is incredible, particularly since these were kids that were randomly picked by lottery from the neighborhood, were massively behind, and were with us for just three years. So we are very optimistic about the future of our kids.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Where the future of urban education began
Twenty years from now, I believe we will look back on the Harlem Children's Zone as the place where the first large-scale solution to urban education was forged. As I write this, the US Dept of Education is reviewing 337 Promise Neighborhood planning grant applications -- each striving to replicate the model in a different city.

We are incredibly fortunate that NY Times education reporter Paul Tough saw the possibilities early and spent five years tracking the genesis story as it was happening. He's an excellent writer and "gets" the poverty:learning linkages and why success requires dramatically different approaches.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Fun to read and educational!
I was assigned to read this book for a class and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. I would recommend this book to any one who is interested in improving the lives of children from disadvantaged neighborhoods.It really opens your eyes to the real problem of poverty and gives you hope that we can do something to fix it.

5-0 out of 5 stars It will change the way you look at poverty and education
This book was so well written. It completely changed the I now look at poverty and education. There is hope. Reformers should take note. This is the way for real change. This is the way for real hope. Amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, Life-Changing Book
If you are interested in childhood development, the future of education in America, and "closing the achievement gap" this book is a must-read.Engaging and fascinating, in turns inspiring and daunting, this book delivers it all.Paul Tough manages to make a cliff-hanger out of a biographical, scholarly work.Filled with the highlights of mind-blowing scholarly research, this makes you stop other people in their tracks and demand "listen to this!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Making a difference in the lives of poor inner-city youth in Harlem
Geoffrey Canada has developed a comprehensive, holistic formula to successfully educate poor kids in Harlem who historically have not had a good educational outcome.This book details the work that went into the program his Harlem Children's Zone developed and administers.One of the best parts of the book is the detailed discussion of why kids who come from a background of poverty more often than not do not do well in school.It debunks myths that these kids have inferior intellects.It covers how their upbringing by well-meaning but highly stressed and beleagered parents puts them behind their affluent peers.It details how Canada, who was born in a poor neighborhood in the South Bronx, decided that if these kids were going to succeed in large numbers that his approach was going to have to affect every part of their lives, not just what happens while they are in school.The city I live in, Charlotte, NC, struggles with many of the same problems of a wide achievement gap between affluent white kids and poor black and Latino children. I am telling anyone who will listen that there is a way to educate all of the kids in our community and that what Geoffrey Canada has come up with may be the best approach.This is a great book that anyone who is passionate about public education and the inequities that exist in them will enjoy reading. ... Read more

2. Weeds of the Midwestern United States and Central Canada
Paperback: 440 Pages (2010-07-01)
list price: US$44.95 -- used & new: US$28.19
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Asin: 0820335061
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Weeds threaten the safe, efficient, and sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, and biofuel throughout the world. Featuring more than fourteen hundred full-color photographs, this handy guide provides essential information on more than 350 of the most troublesome weedy and invasive plants found in the midwestern United States and central Canada.

Drawing on the expertise of more than forty weed scientists and botanists, the guide identifies each plant at various stages of its life and offers useful details about its origin, habitat, morphology, biology, distribution, and toxic properties. The book also includes illustrations of the most common characteristics of plants and terms used to describe them, a key to plant families included in the book, a glossary of frequently used terms, a bibliography, and indexes of scientific and common plant names.

This is an essential guide for agronomists, crop and soil scientists, horticulturists, botanists, Cooperative Extension Service agents, farmers, gardeners, students in agriculture and biology, lawn care professionals, green industry professionals, nursery owners, government quarantine workers, and land preservationists.

Each species account includes:
  • Up to four full-color photographs showing seed, seedling, plant, flower, and other unique plant features
  • Distribution map
  • For grasses, a line drawing of the collar, where the leaf joins the stem, an important identifying characteristic
  • Scientific names, common names, and local synonyms of common names
  • Vegetative characteristics for seedlings and leaves
  • Special identifying characteristics
  • Reproductive characteristics
  • Toxic properties

States and provinces covered:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas (northeastern)
  • Kentucky (northern)
  • Manitoba (southern half)
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri (upper half)
  • Nebraska (eastern)
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Ontario (southern half)
  • Quebec (southwestern corner)
  • Saskatchewan (southeastern)
  • South Dakota (eastern half)
  • Wisconsin
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Customer Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money!
Two thirds of the content of this book is recycled from the error ridden Weeds of the South by the same authors.The numerous mis-identifications and many instances of mis-information are compounded by the fact that the authors chose to use a very technical style in their descriptions, thus requiring a glossary of over 400 technical terms, of which the authors demonstrate a repeated lack of understanding. The only valid purpose of this and the previous Weeds of the South publication, is as a tool to extract funds from the many chemical companies that funded the publications.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Delivery Service
Ordered Free Shipping and the Book arrived the very next day! BRAND NEW AND NO PROBLEMS AT ALL! The four stars is given based upon the content and organization of the book. 'Weeds of the Northeast' is a much better in the field ID Guide. This book is better as a text. The help with ID'ing weeds is severely lacking.

5-0 out of 5 stars How many times I've wished for a book like this
I agree everything said above plus it show pictures of the whole plant, close of leaves, flowers, seeds & sprouts. It shows in drawings the different structures & explains terms. If you have any interest in the plants of the area, either to ID as wildflowers, garden weeds or any other reason, then this book is a must have. ... Read more

3. How to Move to Canada: A Primer for Americans
by Terese Loeb Kreuzer, Carol Bennett
Paperback: 256 Pages (2006-08-22)
list price: US$15.99 -- used & new: US$9.42
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Asin: 0312349866
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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An easy-to-use, step-by-step guide to calling Canada home
More and more Americans are thinking of moving to Canada for work, study, peace of mind---even retirement---and whatever their motivations, they will have to navigate the Canadian immigration and naturalization processes. 
So whether you're thinking about moving or already have your bags packed, How to Move to Canada is for you. It's a straightforward, friendly, informative handbook that delivers on its promise, providing readers with a thorough understanding of what to expect and where to get help and more information.
How to Move to Canada offers:
--A realistic appreciation of what Canada has to offer Americans
--Snapshots of Canada's provinces and territories and their major cities
--Interviews with immigration experts and Americans who have emigrated to Canada
--An immigration checklist and a comprehensive list of resources to consult for more information
--Real-life, hands-on perspectives, and invaluable advice
How to Move to Canada makes the move north feel possible, supplying readers with a clear understanding of what they'll need in order to make a run for the border.
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Customer Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good primer
Definitely a good primer on how to move to Canada. If you want more in depth information on Canada, consider "Politics in Canada: Culture, Institutions, Behaviour and Public Policy". It's a bit dated, but very comprehensive.

2-0 out of 5 stars Outdated
This may be a good review of moving and living in Canada for folks who intend to work there. Unfortunately,
as someone who is looking for information on 'How to move to Canada, I found this book to be very disappointing. The book is 217 pages long, but only 47 of those pages deal with 'How to move to Canada'. The other 170 pages deal with 'What is Canada'. If you're interested enough in moving to Canada to even look for a book on how to move to Canada, then it's extremely likely that you already know what Canada is and where in Canada you'd like to move to.

As for the remaining 47 pages that deal with 'How to move to Canada', about 75% of it is stuff copied from the somewhat confusing website for Canadian Immigration. There's a few anecdotes thrown in that may or may not be helpful to you (they weren't for me), but no real clarification on some key information gaps I encountered. I would have liked to have seen more informationon everything.I'm pretty confident there are a lot of people who fall into this description who are looking for answers. This book does not have those answers. It offers no real information for retirees wanting to live or relocate there as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing....
As someone who is looking for information on 'How to move to Canada', I found this book to be very disappointing. The book is 217 pages long, but only 47 of those pages deal with 'How to move to Canada'. The other 170 pages deal with 'What is Canada'. If you're interested enough in moving to Canada to even look for a book on how to move to Canada, then it's extremely likely that you already know what Canada is and where in Canada you'd like to move to.

As for the remaining 47 pages that deal with 'How to move to Canada', about 75% of it is stuff copied from the somewhat confusing website for Canadian Immigration. There's a few anectdotes thrown in that may or may not be helpful to you (they weren't for me), but no real clarification on some key information gaps I encountered. I would have liked to have seen more information on "My spouse is Canadian, I'm American, and our kids are technically dual citizens - How do we move to Canada?" I'm pretty confident there are a lot of people who fall into this description who are looking for answers. This book does not have those answers.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 Star Review
Great book that provides comprehensive information on Canadian Immigration process. Also covers the different immigration rules in different provinces of Canada. The book also sites good online references. A useful resource for Americans who wish to immigrate to Canada.

5-0 out of 5 stars Go North!! ...or just learn something...
Myths about Canada abound: it's a "fake country," it has a population of 20, people are allowed to marry moose, it's one big year-round hockey tournament, it doesn't really exist, everyone speaks a vulgar form of French, and they have free healthcare but you'll perish waiting in line for service. Canada gets taken for granted. As such, many south of "the other border" know little about the enormous country that sits on top of them. And so myths perpetuate like Yukon snow. But moving to Canada? That assumes one already acknowledges its existence and possesses at least a speck of knowledge about the land with the maple leaf flag. "How To Move To Canada" only assumes the former. Those with no, or very minute, familiarity with Canada will drown in the historical, cultural, and political knowledge contained in these thick 200 pages.

Though its subtitle, "A Primer for Americans," remains a bit of a misnomer (since Canadians are also Americans), this book nonetheless provides a great launching pad for those wanting to immigrate to the Great White North. Note that this book assumes readers want to permanently move to Canada, or at least obtain dual citizenship (only a recent possibility). But those who merely want to "try it out" via a temporary work permit will also benefit from the information within. Both groups will learn about the steps to long term settlement, the long process, and the potential legal roadblocks. Such questions as "when do I need an immigration attorney?" and "how long does citizenship take?" get addressed throughout. A handy "Immigration Time Line" outlines the steps from deciding to move, to permanent residency, and ultimately to Canadian citizenship. But again the underlying assumption is that the reader wants to immigrate, not just get a job. That's an important distinction the book doesn't address very clearly. People can move to and work in Canada without immigrating. Section Two does mention work permits, but briefly. It also contains another very short section on retiring to Canada. Those looking for detailed information on those subjects should look elsewhere.

Hopefully those considering moving to Canada have already done their homework about where and why they want to move. Regardless, "Moving to Canada" contains droves of information on Canadian history, healthcare, politics, climate, differences from province to province (and territory to territory), employment, crime, economy (including housing prices) and demographics. No previous knowledge required. The final section, which makes up more than half the book's bulk, outlines basic information for all ten provinces, three territories, and many major cities. A word of caution: this book was published in 2006, but much of its information dates to the most recently available data. Some dates to 2001. Laws and the economy obviously fluctuate, so readers should consider that while perusing this book's figures. Canada's immigration website, frequently mentioned in the book, remains a good up to date resource.

"How To Move To Canada" contains far more than immigration instructions. It encompasses a historical and cultural survey of North America's placid giant. Expect to learn things like "why do people in Quebec speak French?" "does Canada have a Queen?" "how did Canada become what it is today?" but especially "how do I move there permanently?" This book even serves as a great reference for those who don't ultimately immigrate. As such, "How To Move To Canada" remains a great and easy to read introduction for anyone. ... Read more

4. Canada (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by DK Publishing
Paperback: 448 Pages (2010-03-15)
list price: US$25.00 -- used & new: US$13.36
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Asin: 075666103X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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DK Eyewitness Travel's full-color guidebooks to hundreds of destinations around the world truly show you what others only tell you. They have become renowned for their visual excellence, which includes unparalleled photography, 3-D mapping, and specially commissioned cutaway illustrations.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are the only guides that work equally well for inspiration, as a planning tool, a practical resource while traveling, and a keepsake following any trip.

Each guide is packed with the up-to-date, reliable destination information every traveler needs, including extensive hotel and restaurant listings, themed itineraries, lush photography, and numerous maps. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Nice travelers guide
I especially like the physical characteristics of the guide. Every page is in color on nice paper and the binding is very nice as well. Unlike most travel guides I have used, this one gives the reader a good history lesson on the area so that you can appreciate the historic value of the land. Easy to use. Covers everything you would expect from a guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks Amazon to build up a good platform on which we choose favourite items
This book is my favourite one. I like DK's travel books very much.Good pictures,elegant print and useful knowlage.Taking DK`s book is the best way to learn about the country you would be traveling to.And the elegant print is also a favourite collection to me. Thanks Amazon for the careness in the shiping.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are going to Vancouver...
Beware Rocky Mountaineer Vacations!
We booked a day trip to Whistler with them and when we arrived at the destination found they had failed to organize anyof the events promised and we were left having to pay for a Greyhound bus home. It also turns out the package was very over priced. They eventually offered us only a 30% refund. Perhaps if we had used a book like this we would have spotted the alternatives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent DK Guide
Consistent with all the DK Guides we have purchased, their Canada Guide is comprehensive, accurate, and current.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great guide
The guide proved to be a very useful source for our trip to Eastern Canada. ... Read more

5. 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die
by Patricia Schultz
Paperback: 1200 Pages (2007-05-14)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$5.49
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Asin: 0761136916
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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It's a traveler's life list, a guide, an inspiration, a memory book. Open it to check out where you've been, and where you should go next. What to see and what to do and what to show the kids. Where to eat and where to stay. And how to change your life.

Covering the U.S.A. and Canada like never before, here are 1,000 spectacular, compelling, essential, offbeat, utterly unforgettable places. Pristine beaches and national parks, world-class museums and the Corn Palace, mountain resorts, salmon-rich rivers, scenic byways, Chez Panisse and the country's best taco, lush gardens and Holden Arboretum, mountain biking on the Maah Daah Hey trail, historic mansions, vineyards, hot springs, the Talladega Superspeedway, classic ballparks, and more. Includes more than 150 places of special interest to families, and, for every entry, the nuts and bolts of how and when to visit. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Now I Just Need Time and a Few Million Bucks
I love this book - and while I think I have been to a lot of places, this book points out so many things I haven't seen and now want to put on my own personal "bucket list."I could honestly envision myself packing up, hitting the road, and just going from place to place with this book as a guide.Too bad I don't have the resources to go do it full time!

If you're looking for a vacation idea for a long or short getaway or even a longer trip, start here!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun to read and daydream.
There are many places listed that can be quick stops while enroute as well as some places to invest in a day trip.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
My husband and I love traveling and we are excited about going to as many of these places as we possibly can. We already have probably 20 or 30 on our list. It's great for even exploring areas in your own state that you've never visited before.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dedicated to tourists who enjoy the same content for the worldwide edition but doesn't need to go far.
I've got much more to say about this book than just what I wrote in the title of this review.

I was looking for a book listing major tourist sights/destinations within driving distance of my current home in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, and this book serves that purpose very well. I live approximately between New York City and Washington, D.C., both major American cities, and can make a big trip to Niagara Falls, Montreal and Toronto without an excessive amount of time consumed. Despite the flying time from the Philadelphia International Airport is much shorter than the driving time, transportation to the airport, parking, check in, security screening, and waiting for the plane can add as much as 2-3 hours EACH WAY to how much time I need to get to the preceding destinations. In fact, this may be the bestselling book on amazon.com written in such a format.

Of course all books have disadvantages. Some cities in this book have listings for their best restaurants, neighborhoods, etc. (e.g. one of the listings is "San Francisco's Best Restaurants), but I still count that as a satisfactory listing (satisfactory defined as meeting my satisfaction). There's a good reason why, it's some additional information to present in this book besides places, but if you fellow other amazon.com readers don't want this, this shouldn't be an excessive drawback. If it is, the only solution I can give to you at this time is to find another book.

I'm sure many people like me who enjoy what's available to see in the USA and nearby Canada (or vice versa) and like to read await this book. I consider US$19.99 expressly worth what I get out of Workman without contradiction.

If you're used to the worldwide edition, and you're now planning a trip somewhere in either of the two countries, or are crossing between the two countries, this is probably the bestselling book on all of amazon.com which can help you with that matter as of the time I wrote this review.

And last and never least, I think a lot of people who often read, when they hear these eight words "One Thousand Places To See Before You Die", even if you add the additional five words "In The USA and Canada" between "See" and "Before", they would likely look forward to reading that title if possible. It doesn't matter who's visited the destination's listed in that book, it just sells very frequently.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good quality and service.
I received the used book 1000 Places to See Before You Die in excellent condition and in a reasonably short time. It was also described quite well prior to purchase on ebay Thanks ... Read more

6. Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America
by Geoffrey Canada
Paperback: 176 Pages (1998-12-10)
list price: US$16.00 -- used & new: US$6.94
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Asin: 0807023175
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The author of Fist Stick Knife Gun brings powerful new insight to the lives of boys in America today: "More and more I have become concerned with what boys think they should be, and what they believe it means to be a man." He lays out the little-understood history of drugs and their marketing to inner-city boys and takes a hard look at the issue of too-early sex, showing us, through a pointed story of his own sexual education on the streets, how the combination of age-old urges with new cultural forces and mores has created a volatile sexual terrain for boys. Canada writes indelibly of the young boy he once was and of the crucial issues ófatherhood, healing, mentors, self-esteem, faith, and more óthat must be negotiated as boys in America reach up for manhood.

Boys are conditioned not to let on that it hurts, never to say, "I'm still scared." I have come to see that in teaching boys to deny their own pain we inadvertently teach them to deny the pain of others. . . . We must remember to tell them, "I know it hurts. Come let me hold you. I'll hold you until it stops. And if you find out that the hurt comes back, I'll hold you again. I'll hold you until you're healed."

"Reaching Up for Manhood took me by surprise, because it is so tender, and so unpretentious, and so personal. It's a beautiful story, simply told óhonest, deeply sensitive, and morally empowering óby one of the few authentic heroes of New York and one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation."

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5-0 out of 5 stars REACHING UP FOR MANHOOD
This was an amazingly informative and well written book about boys and boy culture. It also gave me perspective into life in the inner city; perhaps as foriegn to me as walking on the moon. We all live in the same world and yet live worlds apart, this book helped build a bridge for me into another world and towards understanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read and share this book and all others by or about Geoffrey Canada!
Walking in the other persons shoes teaches us so much. If we have ever wondered why the cycle of violence in our most impoverished and decaying neighborhoods affects us all, and how these conditions evolved, then read the books of Geoffrey Canada.He lived this experience and of all the poignant descriptions, this book, teaches us all the elements that come into play as youth are challenged to protect their very survival minute by minute in our harshest neighborhoods across this nation.Geoffrey, a gifted educator provides both forms of information:an incisive analysis of the inherent problems and their causes, as well as the devastating effects even more elevated and critical that face young males who, through no fault of their own, are born into these circumstances.Geoffrey also provides perspectives on solutions to this issues, ones he is successfully carrying out in hisHarlem Children's Zone program now expanded to serve 97 blocks in Harlem and creating a safe zone where children and families CAN succeed and have now succeeded due to Geoffrey's firm guidance and the tightly woven network of services and schooling his program offers.

Until I read Geoffrey's books, I thought I had a clear idea of the dynamics of the poverty syndrome, the effects on community and individuals and the deep and hopeless anguish and fear this generates. Geoffrey sheds more light on these dynamics. but also indicates how to move to eradicate a huge percentage of the downward pull holding so many innocent people in its vice-grip.

If you are concerned for the future of young men in the USA,and this also goes for all young men, not just the most unfortunate, read Reaching Up for Manhood.You will be touched, you will be informed and taken to the inside of the traumatic environment faced by so many of our kids, which helps one to walk in their shoes, but also to listen closely to the ideas of the author, ideas of how to pull hope out of hardship, to avoid many societal pitfalls with youth, and to provide new systems that work FOR and not AGAINST getting these positive results. Please read Canada's books, please also read:Whatever it Takes, which profiles Canada, his trajectory as he develops into the visionary and establisher of the most remarkable educational community program I've always wondered how we could provide--- and Geoffrey has not only visualized it, but is ACHIEVING ITin Harlem.

5-0 out of 5 stars powerful read
In Reaching Up for Manhood, Canada effectively mixes personal history and policy analysis to describe a very serious problem facing a large segment of the U.S. population.He describes the trends, performing the difficult task of describing the difficulties without blaming the victims.While the victims are not blamed, neither are they left off the hook.The description of the young men who thought serving food at their community center was beneath them, and the consequences that followed, was particularly powerful.Canada is almost certainly correct that work and school must become a more expected part of life for the young men (and women) at risk.I'm concerned how this will be accomplished, however, with the manufacturing and similar work becoming more and more scarce as producers move overseas for cheaper labor and similar "benefits."While it is no means a solution, somewhere I would suggest for job training is within the field of developmental disabilities.There are many entry level jobs, and there is a career path.Every new avenue helps.Canada is also correct in calling for more responsible media conduct.I think it would be nice if the misogynistic thug-like actions of performers and athletes were not held up as "cool," but were instead treated as despicable by the media.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fine addition to gender studies literature
Reaching Up for Manhood is an excellent guide for the layperson as to thepsychology behind the "cult of macho," by which so many youth areraised.Just as the author, Geoffrey Canada, points out, that today's fashions, be it sneakers or designer clothing, often originate in the innercity, so, too, has the inner city become a trend-setter in attitudes, whicheventually pervade our entire culture. Consequently, this book is alsoimportant for those who are either parents of, or work with, middle classyouth. Although the book is about boys, it is important reading forthose concerned with girls to better understand the interaction between thesexes.The weakness of Canada's book is that it is too concerned with lifein the "street" during his own adolescence, some 25 years ago. Itwould have been preferable to eliminate some of his own reminiscing andinclude more current anecdotes.On the other hand, Canada's style rendersthe book very intimate, as well as easily and quickly readable

3-0 out of 5 stars Like good eatin in New Orleans, this book was "good readin"
At first glance, the potential buyer of this book may not be attracted to the simple book cover. That will immediately change when you pick it up and start to read it. I was hypnotized by the simplicity of the reading. Thisbook can be read in one day and unlike many books, memorized. GeoffreyCanada does an excellent job of putting in words what some of the problemsare that are plaguing America's young boys. Though his book leans heavilytoward the "growing up" problems of African American boys, thelessons that he put out, apply to all American boys. Teenagers refusing towork at the soft drink table during a function (too beneath them), a youngman who fights off a thug who is attempting to steal his jacket(he thoughtthe guy was a friend of a friend), a young man who tries to kill himself,are just a couple of the real life examples in this book. This is all stuffof the real world of America's adolescents. I say this because I grew up inthe neighborhood that the Rheedlen Center caters to, and reading Canada'sbook was like taking a step back into time. And he is so right when he says"we" have to get involved in the lives of America's boys who needsupport. ... Read more

7. Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence
by Geoffrey Canada
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-09-28)
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A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone
Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama—long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for “Superman”, Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growing up scared on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. In his candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner.

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4-0 out of 5 stars gripping tale of how to survive a S Bronx boyhood
I had heard Geoffrey Canada interviewed before about his memoir Fist Stick Knife Gun and was very impressed by his thoughtful memories of his S Bronx boyhood. This graphic novel, beautifully rendered by Jamar Nichols, is based on Mr. Canada's 1995 memoir of how violence pervaded his entire childhood in the S Bronx.The narration is very clear, matter-of-fact, and shows that a boy either fights or else becomes a victim. There is no place in-between-- a boy has to fight to protect himself, his friends, every single second of his waking hours in the S Bronx.

I would have liked to give this graphic novel to my 7 year-old to read so that she can learn about how other kids grow up, but the numerous profanities will delay her introduction to Mr. Canada's work.

Overall, very powerful and gripping. I read this in a single sitting and couldn't put it down. I was reading this book at the dinner table...

5-0 out of 5 stars Manchild in the Promised Land for Our Times
Please read:

Invisible Man

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Penguin Modern Classics)

Manchild in the Promised Land

above all

Black Boy (P.S.) and Black Boy (American Hunger : a Record of Childhood and Youth)

read please

Go Tell It on the Mountain

and of course

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself (Bedford Series in History and Culture)

please read these

and, then, this, which stands tall with these other great American narratives.

This tale of the coming of age of Mr. Canada is poignantly illustrated by an excellent graphic artist of renown and of talent, not by Mr. Canada himself, and yet this stands therefoer with such great true tales of graphic art as Barefoot Gen: Out of the Ashes (Vol 1) and Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History.

Please, read these, and know who we are, and how to seek peace, and justice, now.

Know we are human, all.

I really love this book, and keep it by me. This is our story, our human race.

What more can I say? We really need to read this book very closely, and grow.

Thank you very much, Mr. Canada, for the amazing life work you are doing. After Boidon you might have gone on to a successful business or political career far away form your roots, but instead you have dedicated yourself to the lives of those trapped in poverty and in violence.

Thank you, sir. I only wish I might have done so much as you, and this book truly inspires me to try.

To work for peace and justice and nonviolence and Love among us humans here.

Read this book. Learn and grow and work for peace.

Peace in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful
This book is a prime example of the graphic novel media used to its fullest potential. Simply put, this is an auto-biographical account of Mr. Canada's childhood and adolescence in the rough neighborhood of South Bronx and how one had a graduate to a different level of violence as they got older in order to survive in the neighborhood. This simple explanation however does not even begin to scratch the profound effect packed in this book.

It is an engrossing read that is hard to put down and as many readers will attest is a reflection of what is happening even today. The illustrations are vibrant and complements the story perfectly.

A very powerful read and recommended without any hesitation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Street education.
As a graphic novel in the traditional sense, "Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence" is not a particularly exciting read.However, FSKG is not a traditional graphic novel, but an illustrated memoir and examination of the street culture that gave rise to the violence that plagues our ghettos and causes hardship for so many who find themselves unable to extricate themselves and succeed in life when life has taught them nothing but aggression.The story sidesteps many opportunities to be preachy and allows the reader room to connect the dots themselves as the author simply recounts his life experiences growing up in the South Bronx and the social structure and cultural change that would eventually lead to what we now know as gang violence.Author Geoffrey Canada has spent his life educating people and attempting to offer children the chance to grow up free of violence by starting the Harlem Children's Zone, which is a program that seeks to provide the adult role models and supervision that he and so many other urban youths did not have growing up.That's what you "call putting it where your mouth is".Universal praise is hard to come by in these politically-divided times, but Mr. Canada has indeed earned it.

FSKG is really not so much a graphic novel as it is illustrated autobiographical expositionary prose.This is to say that there is very little dialogue from the characters and the story is told via narration rather than unfolding based on character interactions.As a story it lacks many things (including a climax or even a proper conclusion), but one thing it has in spades in believability.After all, one can hardly expect real life to unfold like a fictional Hollywood production or classic novel.The purpose of this comic is not to entertain, but to educate.And those who look down their noses from ivory towers at what they see as crude street culture could use this particular class.Canada's experiences are interesting in that they predate the wide availability of firearms in urban areas so in that sense he got out before things got really bad.A lot of what is within thee pages are what we'd call "boys being boys".However, the lack of father figures or adult supervision leads to an almost tribal atmosphere where combat is the only way to establish a pecking order and neighbors band together to prove their street is the toughest.It's a crude system, but one with it's own with ethics and honor.But -just like in business, career, and politics- growing up and succeeding on the streets means escalation and an eventual discarding of any pretension of integrity.The title says it all.

FSKG in a brief glimpse into the street culture of days past that led to the violence we see in ghettos around the country.Canada lays his experiences out for the world to consume and Jamar Nicholas' art effectively visualizes the tale.As a story unto itself, it's not really outstanding, but as a look into a world your average suburban businessman has never bothered to consider while complaining about hip-hop attitudes and fashions and paying no mind to the large number of young people losing their lives in these inner-city warzones, it's essential.Mr. Canada has spent his life combating the things he grew up with in an attempt to better the lives of those who may not be as lucky as he has been.Is it too much to ask that we listen to the man's story?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent: inspiring and depressing at once.
I worry a little that some people will be disappointed by this book.Because of the title, which is both clever and brutally blunt (Or perhaps bluntly brutal), and the cover picture of a young boy with his fists raised ready to strike, I would guess some will see this as a story of a fighter, proud and aggressive, who is reveling in his past exploits and bloody victories.

But that's not what this is.This is a story of how violence can enter into one's life and one's world uninvited, unwanted, unsought for, and once in, can creep throughout until it affects almost every waking moment.Geoffrey Canada, who is clearly a remarkable man, managed to stop the spread of violence through his own self, to tear it out by the roots and look at it in the harsh light of day, like some malign parasitic worm.This story is his careful dissection and illustration of that worm of violence.

He grew up in a tough town, in a tough time; luckily for him it was not yet the age of handguns on the streets, or he very likely would not have survived.As it was, this man had to learn to fight as a young boy, and then learn to fight more, to hit harder, strike faster, suffer more pain and humiliation, and then still more -- it never stopped, really, until he left the neighborhood where he grew up. Even after he went to college, whenever he would return, the presence of violence, and his own tendencies to respond in kind, arose once more.He never seems glad to be involved in violence, but he learned not to shy away from it, by the simple expedient of being taught that turning away from violence only invited more violence.When he watched the boys in the neighborhood stretch a peaceful child, a boy who didn't want to fight, across the trunk of a car and beat him black and blue, he learned that lesson.When his friend, at the urging of an older boy, turned on him and threatened to beat him up just for the sake of proving that he could -- when his friend's face turned savage and enraged, for no good reason other than another's incitement to be violent -- he learned that lesson.There was no escape from the violence in his life as long as he lived in a world that centered around it.

The illustrations, by Jamar Nicholas, show that world and especially the feelings of those trapped in it wonderfully.They are raw and stark, black and white with a heavy line and blocky, almost golem-like figures; they are perfect for showing how a boy can become a brute, and the anguish and anger of living in a world that turns boys into brutes.

The book ends with a final plea from the adult Canada, founder and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone and a tireless activist for the elimination of violent worlds such as he lived through himself.It is a plea for the only thing that he believes can end this violence: hope.He says that we need to create hope for the children who live in worlds like this, the children of abuse and poverty and the inner cities, that we must show them that there is some way to survive and thrive other than through violence and crime.I think the man himself, and this story in this form, does a nice job of beginning that process.I would hope that people who read it will be inspired to try and do something to help move it along.

But even if you don't, still: read the book.It's a fascinating story, if a desperate and bleak one, and it's beautifully told. ... Read more

8. A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada
by Mark A. Noll
Paperback: 592 Pages (1992-08)
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Author Mark Noll presents the unfolding drama of American Christianity with accuracy and skill, from the first European settlements to ecumenism in the late 20th Century. This work has become a standard in the field of North American religious history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars History of Christianity in America
During the past decades a Wheaton College professor, Mark Noll, emerged as one of the nation's finest evangelical church historians.He's confirmed that standing with the recent publication of A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada (Grand Rapids:William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, c. 1992), a readable, up-to-date survey, a textbook which should enjoy a wider audience than the colleges and seminaries which offer courses on American church history.
Noll tells an important story, a story largely untold in the typical textbooks used in high schools and colleges in America--where more space is sometimes devoted to Native American religious practices than to Christian communities, where the Pilgrims and Puritans may be mentioned without a word concerning their religious faith and godly concerns.Just as the millions of church-going Americans rarely appear in today's media, so earlier church-goers rarely appear on the pages of authorized school textbooks.Censorship is alive and well in academia!But Christians, at least, should know some truths about their heritage.For. unfortunately, when they're told about this nation's religious background in church they're too often fed some patriotic pablum, filled with ideologically-fueled examples which distort the historical record.Just as academic historians err by omitting the truth, Christian propagandists (seeking to make this nation a thoroughly "Christian" nation) err by over-stating it.True, the United States is, in some ways, a "Christian" country.But, truth to tell, in perhaps more ways, the United States has failed to really be Christian.To get at the real story, we need historians like Noll to clear the record!
Noll divides his study, the "plot" of which follows "the rise and decline of Protestant dominance in the United States" (p. 4) into five parts:1) "Beginnings"--seventeenth century transplants ofEuropean churches; 2) "Americanization"--the eighteenth century emergence of a distinctively American church, shaped by the Great Awakening and War for Independence; 3) The "Protestant Century"--the nineteenth century, distinguished by the Second Great Awakening's evangelicalism; 4) The "Emergence of Religious Pluralism"--late nineteenth and early twentieth century developments responding to immigration, industrialism, and intellectual challenges such as Darwinism and biblical criticism; and 5) "Wilderness Once Again?"--the turbulent twentieth century's dislocating impact on a Protestant hegemony which seemed secure a century ago.
Each chapter begins with a religious song of the era to be considered--a nice touch which gives one a feeling for the period.The author (with his publisher's assistance) includes ample pictures, maps, etc., which add to the book's readability and comprehension.Brief bibliographical entries at the end of each chapter point to the latest research available to scholars.For years I've used Ahlstrom's monumental study in my course on American Christianity, but it's now dated and is always something of a hurdle (1000 pages!) for students.Noll's new book would now be my choice for that course.

5-0 out of 5 stars still enjoying the book
ok, I'm a slow reader. I also tend to read 3 books at a time. I checked this out at my local library and wanted a copy of it. It seems to be very well written and i am very interested in the early history of the United states (cause college sure didn't teach this stuff!).

5-0 out of 5 stars How religion in America escaped state control
This excellent, detailed history shows what was new about Christianity in the New World. It portrays the dramatic contrasts between official colonial churches and various refugee sects, with their different visions of how they might relate to each other. Where the first colonies, provinces or states usually had official state churches, Noll documents the issues of church relations on the borders or frontiers between these domains. Into these zones, dissidents of all stripes fled from state-backed religion. And in areas where no religious group had a majority, Noll records how people learned to meet their community needs and get along: "The result was a degree of interdenominational tolerance probably unknown anywhere else in the world at that time". (p. 89) Noll's statement may overlook the religious diversity of India or China, but for the Christian world it applied.

Of course Noll's book holds far more, and is of interest to people of every denomination in Canada and the USA. I was just most impressed by the explanation of how religion in North America escaped state control.

-author of Correcting Jesus

5-0 out of 5 stars A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada
This is a very good book for Church History. It is a single volume that is written on a fairly east-to-read level. If you've not read a Church History reference before, this would be a good choice with which to start.

Mark Noll's works are always good.

5-0 out of 5 stars History in America - The Religious History
This book helps us to remember the Christian Heritage of our country. By studying the Christian Heritage of our country we can see how the secular history has played out too and how they go hand in hand. This book by Mark A. Noll helps to bring this rich history in an easy to read format. This book is also a great resource for research and to help with illustrations for sermons and Sunday School lessons. ... Read more

9. The American in Canada: Real-Life Tax and Financial Insights into Moving and Living in Canada
by Brian D. Wruk, Terry F. Ritchie
Paperback: 240 Pages (2008-05-15)
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For Americans either contemplating a move or already living in Canada, this reference answers all the questions necessary to successfully plan the transition, including immigration planning, customs planning, cash management, income tax planning, retirement, wills and estates, risk management, and investments. According to the Association for Canadian Studies, more than 10,000 Americans moved to Canada in 2006, a new 30-year record. The similarity in language, currency, culture, services, and products of these two countries can lead Americans in Canada to mistakenly think its laws and customs are also the same. With proper planning before moving, it is possible to get a five-year tax holiday from Canadian taxes!
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2-0 out of 5 stars Sort of helpful, but not that supportive, if that makes sense
The book is laden with good info on the challenges an American moving to Canada might face, especially regarding taxes and citizenship, butits credibilty suffers from lots of jingoistic opinion (Canadians could learn to be more patriotic from Americans, for example) and a lot of 'our firm specializes in these issues' quasi-marketing content. While trying to be realistic, the authors simply come off as trying to talk you out of it. I wasn't that pleased with the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile investment
This book covers the range of financial complications you may face pre- and post-relocation. Even if your life and move seem simple, there are a number of potential nasty surprises so it's best to read the book BEFORE you move, if possible. I really appreciate the advice, and also that it's available for Kindle.

4-0 out of 5 stars if you're american moving to canada, this is the best book I've found on things to think about
I've read 3 books and had 3 advisors I've paid for, and this book has between its covers more advice than those 6 sources combined.moving is tricky - more so in a post Sept 11 world - and this book covers all the topics, small and large, that you'll need to consider.Strongly recommended! ... Read more

10. Pioneers in Canada (Illustrated Edition)
by Sir Harry G.C.M.G. K.C.B. Johnston
Paperback: 204 Pages (2009-12-07)
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Part of "The Pioneer Library" written by the renowned British explorer, botanist and colonial administrator. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Plodding but interesting
For History Buffs,only those who like to read "through the eyes of those who were there" would enjoy this book

4-0 out of 5 stars A History that is itself History
This book is probably misleadingly named for today's average reader.I thought initially on reading it, that it would dwell on the general experiences of Pioneers to Canada in general and came to realize quickly that more to the point, it is focused upon Explorere of Canada.That's a fine point perhaps, and it may be defensible given that the book is older and in the vernacular of its day the meaning was more generally understood.

Reading the book today however, there is good information to be gleaned if the modern reader can get past some of the bias present in the book, that today wouldn't be readily tolerated.In particular, the view taken of the native population is both prejudicial and exagerated in a manner reminiscent of how a book on the issue of slavery might be written pre-civil war.The typical stereotypes abound and when positive statements are made, they appear to almost be apologetic and set in contrast to the focus upon hygene, morals and cultural differences that are laid out in a manner that can only be called self-aggrandizing.

In this regard, there's a value to the book for the manner that it demonstrates the bias of the time in which it was written.Certainly there is good objective information present.Just be prepared to have to wade through enough of the other elements that will test the patience of many of its readers today.

4 Stars

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11. Canada (Country Guide)
by Karla Zimmerman
Paperback: 912 Pages (2008-04-01)
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Discover Canada

Mosey past moose on the Cabot Trail through to the vast Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Quench your thirst for high-mountain adventure amidst the jaw-dropping scenery of the wild Rockies
Go easy on the maple syrup while sampling the nouvelle cuisine of Montreal and Canada's other foodie havens
Spot caribou and arctic wolves while hiking through 'the land that never melts'

In This Guide:

14 authors, 21,522 km driven in 371 days, 45 moose sightings
All new, inspiring Outdoors chapter and stunning color section on Canada's national parks
Informative interviews with locals from every corner of the countryAmazon.com Review
From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are LonelyPlanet has been therefirst. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides areguaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-pathfinds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks fornearly 30 years and asa result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's"been there" advice. Theoriginal backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range ofaccommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.

Whether you've got plans for stepping out in Montreal or kayakingDesolation Sound, this comprehensive guide will get you there in style. This guide offers places to stay and eat for all budgets, extensivecoverage of outdoor activities (from sailing to skiing), Canadian Englishand Canadian French language sections, plus background on history, culture,and politics. Sidebar highlights include information on whales, totempoles, the Acadians, the Grand Banks, and the National Film Board ofCanada. Check out the special flora, fauna, and national parks feature.--Kathryn True ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Map disaster
This is the first Kindle guidebook I purchased - don't guidebooks seem like a great ebook application?And it would be if the maps were not completely, totally illegible. What a disappointment! Everything else is fine, although I eagerly await the search function.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet never fails me
As an owner of many lonely planet guides I was once again impressed by the guide to Canada. As I have found with many of the lonely planet guides it can be filled with a lot of information that I personally do not find useful- such as internet cafe locations, hotel locations etc., but only as I tend to plan ahead online for those types of things. Otherwise it is jam packed with amazing information and tips as well as handy maps that have saved me on numerous times. I would recommend it to anyone.

2-0 out of 5 stars It is good reference for tourists only
I think this book is like all the other books produced by lonely planet is made for tourists with no since of adventure. You can plan your entire trip in advance including your meals and in my opinion will make your trip boring.
I'm immigration to Canada soon and I thought this book will help to understand Canada and Canadian but I was really disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Travel Guide
When I visited Quebec, the guide was a great help. Although most of the prices, hours, and descriptions of the sights and eateries were accurate, some were not, or outdated. A particular restaurant was highly rated in the review, but when I tried to visit the place, the restaurant was nowhere to be found with the given address. Otherwise, the book is good.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
I used the lonely planet Canada for travelling from the West Coast to the East Coast.In most places I found that it gave me all the information that I needed on hostels and places to eat.

The section on the Canadain Rockies was not so good, and an extra guide book is recommened.

On the negative side of this book is that some of the maps are incorrect and I found myself walking the wrong way.

I don't have anything to compare the book to, but it did the job for me. ... Read more

12. Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior
by Wayne Lynch
Hardcover: 264 Pages (2007-11-07)
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There is no group of birds more mysterious and fascinating than owls. The loudmouths of the raptor world, they peep, trill, toot, bark, growl, shriek, whistle, chittle, whoop, chuckle, boom, and buzz. Indeed, very few actually "hoot." They have become the stuff of lore and legend -- from the Roman myth that an owl foot could reveal secrets to the First Nations belief that an owl feather could give a newborn better night vision. But the truth about owls is much more exciting.

In this gorgeous book, celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch reveals the secrets of this elusive species with stunning photographs, personal anecdotes, and accessible science. The photos alone are masterpieces. Unlike most published owl photos, which are portraits of birds in captivity, the vast majority of these were taken in the wild -- a product of the author-photographer's incredible knowledge and patience.

Lynch complements the photos with a wealth of facts about anatomy, habitat, diet, and family life. For each of the nineteen species that inhabit Canada and the United States, he provides a range map and a brief discussion of its distribution, population size, and status. Lynch debunks myths about owls' "supernatural" powers of sight and hearing, discusses courtship rituals, and offers personal tips for finding owls in the wild.

From the great horned to the tiny elf owl, this amazing volume captures the beauty and mystery of these charismatic birds of prey.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have book if you like owls...
One of the best nature/bird books that I've ever read. Lynch has the rare ability to mix science and his experiences afield into highly readable and engaging text. The book is also full of absolutely stunning images, many full page. It's printed on high quality, heavy-weight paper.This is an outstanding book and an ideal gift for birders, amateur naturalists, wildlife photographers or anyone that is fascinated by owls.

5-0 out of 5 stars Owls
This is a marvelous book that will please both the student of owl biology and behavior as well as individuals who simply wish to see gorgeous photos of intriguing birds of prey.

5-0 out of 5 stars Owls of the United States and Canada
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in Owls. Photography is
top-notch and the information is very valuable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
My daughter is thrilled with this book, she reads it over and over again. The pictures are great and the information is very interesting. This is a book that you want to buy if you love owls. It would also make a wonderful gift. Thank you

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!
This book was in great shape and had everything I wanted. The only thing bad about it was when I recieved the package the box it was in was falling apart. However it didn't damage the book. ... Read more

13. Frommer's Canada (Frommer's Complete)
by Leslie Brokaw, Hilary Davidson, Paul Karr, Bill McRae, Donald Olson
Paperback: 864 Pages (2008-05-27)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$13.56
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Asin: 0470257067
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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America’s #1 bestselling travel series

Written by more than 175 outspoken travelers around the globe, Frommer’s Complete Guides help travelers experience places the way locals do.

• More annually updated guides than any other series

• 16-page color section and foldout map in all annual guides

• Outspoken opinions, exact prices, and suggested itineraries

• Dozens of detailed maps in an easy-to-read, two-color design

Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.

Details on the best Canada has to offer, from the beaches of Prince Edward Island to the mountains of the Canadian Rockies.

Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.

Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.

Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book covers all the major cities!!
Vancouver's hip gallery, dining, and nightlife scenes; the art museums and architectural highlights of Toronto; Calgary's wild and woolly Stampede; and Montréal's charming French bistros and cafes. I learned all about Canada's great outdoors, from hiking in the national parks to biking its lovely backroads. It even pointed out the best places to spot puffins, whales, polar bears, moose, elk, and more. ... Read more

14. Live & Work in Canada, 5th Edition: The Most Accurate, Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Living and Working in Canada (Live & Work in)
by Frances Lemon
Paperback: 352 Pages (2009-05-25)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$16.21
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Asin: 1854584278
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This book is a complete guide to daily life in Canada, from finding a home to finding work or even setting up a business from scratch. Live & Work in Canada is illustrated with first-hand accounts from people living in Canada and is full colour, with numerous maps and photographs throughout. Set out to be easily accessible, each chapter guides you through the practicalities of a move to Canada, from setting up home to finding a job. In particular, it gives advice on renting accommodation, opening the right bank account, finding your ideal home, obtaining a competitive mortgage and making the most of your leisure time. There is also easy access to urgent information such as emergency phone numbers, laws and regulations and healthcare advice.The employment section of the book covers vital information, such as the skills and trades most in demand, permanent, seasonal and temporary work, salaries, working hours and holidays, trade unions and contracts, starting or buying your own business and MORE! ... Read more

15. A Countess from Canada A Story of Life in the Backwoods
by Bessie Marchant
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-10-04)
list price: US$1.99
Asin: B002RKREAA
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant yarn set on the James Bay
Enjoyed this easy-to-read, morally clean romance that takes place in the 1800's in the Canadian wilds. The 2/2004 Kindle version was fine with the usual margin issues but seemed well edited.

The main character is Katharine, a young woman with a lot on her shoulders who runs a trading post in a remote area of Canada. (Place names include Akiminski Island, Mattagami River, Abbitibbi River, Hannah Bay, Lake Temiskaming, Fort Garry, Marble Island [800 miles away], Maxokama, Seal Cove, Roaring Water Portage). Detailed characterizations of the local people.

Subtract one star if you are not fascinated by realistically portrayed details of the rigors of Canadian pioneer life. Also note that this work reflects the prevailing views about the native people of the time (dirty, thieves). I found the story line to be little unbelievable and predictable at times, hence the four stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars very good
enjoyed author's very descriptive writing about early fishing settlement in remote area of Canada,good characters but descriptions of wildlife,dog sledding,etc are vivid and exciting, the story between the young couple was secondary ... Read more

16. Canada Wall Map (tubed)
by National Geographic Maps
Map: Pages (2006-01-01)
list price: US$14.99 -- used & new: US$13.26
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Asin: 0792249577
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This beautiful wall-map depicts Canada and the areas surrounding the Great Lakes. Includes Canadian province and US State boundaries, cities and towns, lakes and waterways, major geographic features, roadways, and other geographic details.

Scale: 1:7,966,000. 30 x 24 inches (approx). ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A [Small] Canada Map
The map itself is awesome. However, I bought it for a classroom wall, and it is a bit smaller than I thought. I think you should highlight the fact that it is a SMALL wall map. ... Read more

17. A Short History of Canada: Sixth Edition
by Desmond Morton
Paperback: 416 Pages (2006-06-20)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$11.53
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Asin: 0771064802
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Most of us know bits and pieces of our history but would like to be more sure of how it all fits together. The trick is to find a history that is so absorbing you will want to read it from beginning to end. With this book, Desmond Morton, one of Canada’s most noted and highly respected historians, shows how the choices we can make at the dawn of the 21st century have been shaped by history.

Morton is keenly aware of the links connecting our present, our past, and our future, and in one compact and engrossing volume he pulls off the remarkable feat of bringing it all together – from the First Nations before the arrival of the Europeans to the failure of the Charlottetown accord and Jean Chretien’s third term as prime minister. His acute observations on the Diefenbaker era, the effects of the post-war influx of immigrants, the flag debate, the baby boom, the Trudeau years and the constitutional crisis, the Quebec referendum, and the rise of the Canadian Alliance all provide an invaluable background to understanding the way Canada works today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Concise History of Canada
Many Americans know little about the history of their northern neighbour (for example, how many of you knew that Newfoundland was a British protectorate until 1949?).This volume shows how Canadian history transpired from the nineteenth century to the turn of the twenty-first century.The author examines economic, political, and social events, as well as foreign policy--he presents a Canadian perspective on the U.S. Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.Morton goes into detail about Canadian elections down to the breakdown of seats by party in Parliament, and the author shows how many of the social trends in America in the latter half of the 20th century also took place in Canada.Those who wish to get a basic understanding of Canadian history would do well to read Desmond Morton's informative history.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful brief history.
A Short History Of Canada is an excellent choice for one who wishes to gain knowledge of both Anglo and Franco Canadian history.It's extremely interesting for Americans, as it juxtaposes American and Canadian History, showing how each country dealt with major world events. The author is also extremely witty, and adds in just the right amount of humor so that the book does not sound like a textbook. If you are an American, the sentence structure will seem odd.However, you get use to it by the third or forth chapter.Overall, the book is a great introduction to Canadian History.I would highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars 1867 and all that
Morton achieves very well what he sets out to do - to write a short history for someone with only a small commitment to the subject, a reader looking for the once-over lightly in order to grasp the major moments and recognize the greatest actors. Over 70 per cent of the book concerns events after 1867. There are no footnotes or bibliography. He doesn't implicate any fellow historians in the foreword. He is writing it from the perspective of the students he has encountered in the large urban universities he has worked in. Morton's style is breezy and witty. He refers to Louis St. Laurent as being "used only one more time" in the 1957 federal election, as if he were a piece of old furniture, which is figuratively not far off the mark. Regarding John Diefenbaker's opposition to arming Canadian missiles with nuclear warheads in 1962, claiming they were just as effective without them, Morton observes that "only the innocent and the resolutely unmilitary could believe him. In Canada, such people were numerous."
I found one error of fact in my edition: the GST was "awkwardly in place" by January 1, 1991, not in 1990 as stated in the 3rd revised edition (1997).
Overall, A Short History of Canada will give readers many good reasons to want to explore the dynamic story of our country in more depth when they have more time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Recommend Roger Riendeau's book instead
For a one-volume history of Canada, I'd recommend Roger Riendeau's "ABrief History of Canada" instead.Desmond Morton seems to beattempting to tell the history of Canada as a single narrative, but it'ssimply too long and multifaceted to be coherent.I found the colorfulwriting and light tone (e.g. introducing some historical figure bydescribing him as a "short, stout Scotsman") more annoying thanengaging -- I was looking for facts and explanations, not amusing details. Finally, the book doesn't so much end as trail off.

I don't want to saythat it's a bad book (Desmond Morton is a well-known and respectedhistorian, and there were several glowing blurbs on the book cover), but itwasn't what I was looking for.Perhaps it might be more interesting forteenagers.

3-0 out of 5 stars "A Short History of Ottawa" to be more precise
Morton is tackling a tough task for sure, attempting to cover the entire history of a complex nation in only 350 (or so) pages.However, this does not forgive some very significant oversights.Morton dedicates anextraordinarily large portion of his work to discussing Canadian politicsand politicians.While politics represents a very significant part of anycountry's history, it is only part of the story.I was disappointed tofind little more than an occasional paragraph dedicated to non-politicalevents: social movements, trade issues, non-political figures, etc.

Inaddition, I think Morton tries to tackle too much in such a short text.Attimes, I felt that I was merely reading a chronology of events rather thanan engaging, well-woven narrative.The back cover touts Morton's abilitiesas a "storyteller" - I found few "stories" but a lot ofstraightforward "this is what happened, then this is what happenednext, etc."

Although I was mostly disappointed, this book doesconvey a tremendous amount of knowledge about Canada - I know much moreabout the great nation to the north than I did before I read the book. But, I'd have a hard time recommending this book to other "weekendhistorians" such as myself. ... Read more

18. Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada
by Warren R. Bland PhD
Paperback: 350 Pages (2005-01-01)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$8.00
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Asin: 1932919198
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Seventy-six million American and 10 million Canadian "baby boomers" born between 1946 and 1964 are moving toward retirement in an era of increasing affluence and mobility. Providing information on 60 of the communities that are most rich in amenities across North America, this handy sourcebook guides retirees toward outstanding places to spend their golden years. Careful consideration was given to the final 12 criteria covered for each place—landscape, climate, quality of life, cost of living, transportation, retail services, health care, community services, cultural activities, recreational activities, work/volunteer activities, and crime—and each review includes a discussion of each characteristic as well as a city map and climatic table. Structured regionally rather than alphabetically, this revised and updated edition enables readers to search similar options based on general areas in both the United States and Canada.
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1-0 out of 5 stars More of the same
These retirement books all make the same assumptions about the readers.When you assume you make an.....

2-0 out of 5 stars FOR THE RICH LIFESTYLE
Very limited in scope, the title says it all. A good conversation piece for those who desire that lifestyle.

3-0 out of 5 stars The small folk cannot retire in Style
1. The American cities reviewed are unaffordable for a middle-income person unless one is ready to accept less safe locations.
2. We ended up retiring in style in South America where our pension makes us live in comfort, without snow or extreme summer temps and relative safety.
There are many locations outside the USA where one could retire in style, modernity and safety with from- modest-to-average pensions. (Including medica facilities)

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but ...
Limited number of places, reduced even more by the number of Canadian sites included.I like the format -- all the data grouped together.Would like to see this expanded into several regional books, with more cities added.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lot of good info
This book is very comprehensive about the information it includes such as the quality of factors such as mass transit, health care, the arts.I enjoyed reading about many of the places it included but wish it had photos of the places.Also, it seemed like almost every place in it was a college town like Madison, Fayetteville (AR), Austin, State College, etc.It also would have been nice if it included all areas of the country.They seemed to be grouped like 3 in Arkansas, several in central Texas, none in most of the plains states.Also, when it gave costs for 3 bedroom homes, it didn't include the square footage.A 3-bedroom home could be a 900 square foot home or 2500 square foot home. Without square footage, it was hard to know how expensive homes really are. ... Read more

19. Penguin History of Canada
Paperback: 432 Pages (2008-09-03)
list price: US$20.00 -- used & new: US$10.84
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Asin: 014305032X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Canada's history, eminent historian Robert Bothwell argues, is more than simply regional or national. In some respects, Canada makes most sense when viewed from the outside in, and in "The Penguin History of Canada" we are invited to do just that. The world has always seen Canada as a terrain for experiment and a land of opportunity. At first Canada's survival and, later, its prosperity depended on links with the world outside - the technologies that drove steamships and trains across oceans and continents; the armies that battled for North America; the furs, wheat, and gold that bought Canada a place in the world's trading system.An uneasy and difficult country, most of Canada's space is uninhabited, and much uninhabitable. It is a country with a huge North but with most of its population in the South, hugging the American border. Canada has nevertheless defied the odds: it remains, in the twenty-first century, a haven of peace and a beacon of prosperity. Erudite yet accessible and marked by narrative flair, "The Penguin History of Canada" paints an expansive portrait of a dynamic and complex country. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An eye for Canada`s Ironies
This version of Canada`s story moves at a brisk, entertaining pace through the ages of colonization, nation-forming, and the perils of the twentieth-century. Bothwell shows a keen eye for irony, noting, for example, how French Canada`s loyalty to its British conquerors was bolstered when 50 priests from Old France arrived, fleeing the French Revolution to preach devotion for church and king. The choice of narrative details is objective, but often gives scope for critical humor: ``Pearson signed the North Atlantic treaty, creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Washington on April Fool`s Day, 1949, while the U.S. Marine Band played a selection of popular tunes including ``I`ve Got Plenty of Nothin`.``

The book gives substantial treatment to recent history, with its battles over free trade, NAFTA, the attempted Meech Lake revision of the constitution, the Quebec independence referendum of 1995, and Canada`s role in global issues of genocide or the war on terror. In the hindsight of recent events, Bothwell points out developments which drew little attention when they occurred: ``St. Laurent stoutly defended to the skeptical and neutralist Indians the good intentions of the United States, even when it meant that the Americans were arming India`s neighbor Pakistan -- in the interest of anti-communism.`` ... Read more

20. Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values
by Michael Adams
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-04-04)
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Asin: 014317035X
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Canadians have long defined themselves as "not Americans." They cherish their differences from the United States, but as their powerful neighbour grows ever more dominant on the world stage, can they hope to hold on to their national identity? In Fire and Ice, Michael Adams challenges the myth of inevitability that has led us to believe our Canadian way of life is doomed to extinction. Drawing upon a decade of never-before released pulse-taking from both sides of the border, Adams reveals that Canada and the United States are not coming together, but are diverging in significant ways. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not balanced, but insightful
As someone that has lived in Canada and the U.S. in the north, south, east and west, I get a kick out of reading the reviews on Amazon for this group.In general, both the high rated and low rated reviews have valid points.Michael Adams comes across as having an agenda that celebrates the Canadian uniqueness; but, the points he makes are very insightful.If you can get past an emotional reaction to the book it is a good read and makes a number of points that will be important to the future of Canada and the U.S.

The book investigates the attributes of each of the nations of North America.In doing so, it finds that Canadians are more progressive, primarily due to the social safety net that allows us to take greater lifestyle risk.It finds Americans more conservative which is no surprise to anyone who has spent any time living south of the border.If you are interested in reading to understand what makes the U.S. entrepreneurial and dynamic and what makes Canada safe and comfortable, this is a book that will get you thinking.

1-0 out of 5 stars As much as I wanted to like it....
Adams claims he is a pure researcher, but you don't get very far into "Fire and Ice" before you realise that he's a man with an agenda, and that agenda is to portray the US as a gun-totin', God-fearin', Bush-lovin' county of idiots, as opposed to the liberal-minded, socially conscious, tree-hugging Canadians.As a Canadian, who happens to agree with many of Adams own personal beliefs, I am also smart enough not to buy what he's selling.

When you have an agenda, stats can tell you what you want to hear.Adams destroys all credibility by telling us what he wanted to find before he ever found it.Also, everyone knows that politics are cyclical.This book may stand as an interesting historical footnote of a time when America was ruled unwisely by a staunch conservative.But we know that countries such as the USA or Canada shift one way to the other with regularity.Politics in our democracies are pendulums, and in the time since the publication of this book, we've handed the Liberals their walking papers, and Americans are likely to do the same thing to the Republicans.What will Adams think then?

There were some interesting findings, sure, but only the most naive bile-filled Bush hater will enjoy this.For my money, I prefer those George W. Bushisms daily calenders.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fire & Ice..
The book is OK.The book you sent me had been constructed incorrectly.From page 128 for about 80 pages, the pages were upside down in the book.I phoned Penguin and they told me I had to get a new book through you.

I don't have the patience to deal with your return process.Why can't I call someone on the telephone.

2-0 out of 5 stars Simplistic and Sanctimonious
Michael Adams' Fire and Ice examines differences between American and Canadian social values at the close of the twentieth century.Adams is a long-time pollster on social issues with the Canadian firm Environics.

From an overall perspective the book offers little new insight into North American social values. It is important to recognize at the outset that the types of aggregate value-mapping techniques used by Adams are blunt tools at best.In some ways they are analogous to horoscopes, so general that in seeking to speak to everyone they speak to no one.Aside from this generality, Fire and Ice has two particular weaknesses, currency and tone.With respect to former, the book has been overtaken by events (Sept 11 2001).The data used in Adams' analysis is largely taken from surveys taken during the 1990s and as a result has limited relevance in 2006. Adams is aware of this weakness - why publish?

Aside from its lack of timeliness the book's tone is also disappointing.Adams is a limited writer who has gotten worse with time.One of his earlier works "Sex in the Snow" was not too badly done given the limitations of this genre.The present work, however, is simplistic and sanctimonious.For example, comments such as the following typify the book "{in the US} Churches are one of the few places ... where guns are left at home or under the seat of the 4X4 or checked at the door".This type of anti-Americanism is in bad taste - as a Canadian I find it particularly disappointing.

Save your money and time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and underwhelming.
For those who were looking for a fair comparison between the two most geographically endowed nations on the planet, you will not find it here.Michael Adam's approach suffers from a bias that paints the United States an irrational, dark and forbidding place.He uses many distortions to obtain the answers he needs to promote his view, rather than absorbing critical facts.Although my complaints are numerous, two examples will suffice.

In one case, he travels a great length to glorify minivan drivers as "child-friendly" and "savvy bargain hunters".In contrast, he will vilify SUV drivers as "rugged individualists" who care little for common sense the environment. Since the minivan outsells the SUV two to one in Canada but the ratio is reversed in the United States, he concludes that a fundamental difference in values exists between the two countries. However, he carefully ignores the countries' many variables as differing age profiles, women's preference for perceived SUV safety, lower American gas prices and lower disposable Canadian income. Stereotyping and the dependency on a trivial ratio do not build a safe ground for academic research.

In another case, he paints Canadians' response to the terror attacks of 9/11 with "feelings of sympathy for and solidarity with the United States".Then he declares that America squandered its neighbor's good will seven months later when four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan were accidentally killed by a U.S, fighter pilot in a friendly-fire incident, only to be followed by a inadequate amount of grief from George W Bush. What Michael Adams conveniently leaves out that Canada's sympathy to its neighbor was evaporating within days of 9/11.Its motley collection of left-wing leaders andcommentators, such as Sunera Thobani, Svend Robinson, Maude Barlow and Eric Margolis, were immediately promoting the 'root causes' and 'America is to blame' diatribes in their speeches and columns.The CBC even had its infamous Town Hall Meeting just days after the attacks, where a simple round of questioning immediately degenerated into a heated carnival of U.S.-bashing.A pusillanimous Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, with a keen political eye for embracing these groups, decided to send token and combat-avoiding units to Afghanistan, reinforcing views across Canada that America's pursuits and actions were ignoble from the start.

Michael Adams has drawn many conclusions to encourage his viewpoint of two diverging cultures but he should have used some help from a David K Foot or a Paul M Kennedy to salvage his underwhelming arguments. ... Read more

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