Wednesday 9 November 2011

Book - Strange Days: Amazing Stories From Canada's Wildest Decade

I found this book under a book review in Canadian History Magazine and decided it looked like a good read. I find a lot of great books on Canadian history from their magazine and website.

Strange Days: Amazing Stories From Canada's Wildest Decade is a collection of true stories from the 1920's.

The 1920s were one of the wildest decades in Canada’s history, a time of frivolous fads, shocking crimes, and political and social changes that definitively yanked the country out of the 19th century and into the modern age. In Strange Days, Ted Ferguson revisits dozens of stories that could only have happened in the ’20s — tales of serial killers, athletes, con men, crackpots, prime ministers, bathing beauties, and more — all of them nearly too amazing to believe and too entertaining to be forgotten.

I found this a very entertaining book. Each story is only five or six pages long and covers a wide range of happenings. Each set of stories is grouped by year. Only one or two of the stories I had heard of before.

Interestingly enough Teena had read it back in August and recommended it to me. I never got around to reading it then and forgot about it. When I picked up the book and showed her my great find, Teena reminded me about that. Oops!

I'm glad I got around to it as it is an excellent read!

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