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Brief reviews (of books on Alberta's history).

The Sodbusters, by Grant MacEwan. Calgary: Fifth House, 256 pp., paper, $14.95. This is a reprint of MacEwan's first history book, published in 1948 and based upon a series of radio broadcasts.

Blazing the Old Cattle Trail, by Grant MacEwan. Calgary: Fifth House, 248 pp., paper, $14.95. A reprint of MacEwan's 1962 volume on western cattle drives.

Old Glenora, by Peggy O'Connor. Edmonton: Glenora Community League, 10430 -- 133 St., Edmonton, T5N 2Al, $25. This is a reprint of their 1984 book and includes 78 photos of historic homes.

"Peace, Progress and Prosperity": A Biography of Saskatchewan's First Premier, T. Walter Scott, by Gordon L. Barnhart. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 188 pp., illus., $24.95. A former newspaperman, Scott was elected a Member of Parliament in 1900 and became Liberal leader and premier of Saskatchewan in 1905. This well researched book covers Scott's career as a populist premier who provided significant leadership in such areas as agricultural development, the women's vote, and prohibition.

The Assiniboine, by Edwin Thomas Denig. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 290 pp., illus., paper, $24. Written about 1854 and first published in 1928-29, this book is probably the most valuable record in existence about the Assiniboine Indians. The publishers are to be commended for reprinting it, and for including an excellent new introduction by David R. Miller to place the writings in their proper context.

Growing Up in Manitoba, 1924-1941, by Harold Draper. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 110 pp., illus., paper, $9.95. A recollection of rural life in Manitoba, particularly in the Dirty Thirties.

From the Gallows: The Lost Testimony of Louis Riel, by David G. Doyle. Summerland, B. C.: Ethnic Enterprises, 191 pp., illus., paper, $14.95. This work is offered as the testimony of what Riel might have said at his 1885 trial if he had testified. It is historical fiction based upon documents of the period.

Battle On! by Alan Arthur. Private printing, 1039 -- 73 St., Edmonton, 125 pp., paper, $13.99. This collection of short stories set on the Battle River are classed as historical fiction.
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Date:Dec 22, 2000
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