The National Dream (book)

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The National Dream is a 1970 Canadian non-fiction book by Pierre Berton describing the planning and commencement of the Canadian Pacific Railway between 1871 and 1881.

Following the book's success, a 1971 sequel (The Last Spike) described the construction phase between 1881 and 1885. Both books formed the basis for the TV miniseries The National Dream.


  • 1970 (McClelland and Stewart): ISBN 0-7710-1326-4
  • 1974, combined with The Last Spike (McClelland and Stewart): ISBN 0-7710-1332-9
  • 2001 (Anchor Canada): ISBN 0-385-65840-0