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Great Canadian Imposters

Great Canadian Imposters    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55277-411-3
Pages 142
Language English only
Price $9.95
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Written by Cheryl MacDonald.
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2009.


Millionaires, doctors, aboriginal heroes, and stars of stage and screen. Pretenders all.

From Canadian history comes the stories of imposters. Meet the cross-dressing Isabel Gunn, disguised as fur-trapping "John Hubbisher." Read about a woman who posed successfully as Dr. James Barry, surgeon and early women's rights advocate. Follow the astonishing life of Archie Belaney, who convinced millions of people that he was Grey Owl, a First Nations conservationist. These are just three of the many scammers, double agents, and con artists in this fascinating collection.

Table of Contents:
  • Prologue
  • The Fur-trader: Isabel Gunn
  • The Medical Man: James Barry
  • The Performer: William Townsend
  • The Millionaire's Daughter: Cassie Chadwick
  • The Secret Agent: Henri Le Caron
  • The Celebrated Chief: Long Lance
  • The Conservationist: Grey Owl
  • The Great Pretender: Ferdinand Demara
  • Afterword
  • Index
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