Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and Other Alberta Stories

By Brian Brennan

In his latest best-seller, Scoundrels and Scallywags, Brian Brennan brought us to Albertans who dared to be varied. Now, in Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and different Alberta tales Brennan turns his points of interest to erstwhile occasions, either strong and undesirable, that experience engaged the eye of Albertans through the years. Brennan roams around the sweep of Alberta heritage, retelling a variety of tales for a brand new iteration. From front-page information goods (the Frank Slide and Leduc oil discovery) to lesser-known occasions (the Lonely Bachelors of "Dinosaur Valley" and the Rainmaker of medication Hat), Brennan chronicles a number of the terrific boondoggles and bonanzas that experience helped forge the Alberta story.

Always wonderful and infrequently astonishing, Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and different Alberta Stories—Brennan's 5th book—celebrates the ups and downs, successes and scams of Canada's so much brilliant and self reliant province.

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