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 attractions to erstwhile occasions, either solid and undesirable, that experience engaged the eye of Albertans through the years. Brennan roams around the sweep of Alberta historical past, retelling a variety of tales for a brand new new release. 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 drugs Hat), Brennan chronicles many of the wonderful 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 bright and autonomous province.
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Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and Other Alberta Stories by Brian Brennan