Peter C. Newman Caesars of the Wilderness

ISBN 13: 9780140086300

Caesars of the Wilderness

4.14 avg rating
( 86 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780140086300: Caesars of the Wilderness
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Traces the history of the Hudson's Bay Company from the second half of the nineteenth century and the reign of Donald Alexander Smith to the company's contemporary machinations

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews:

The final volume in Newman's three-part engrossing and epic record (1985, 1987) of how the Hudson's Bay Co. helped shape Canadian history as a royally chartered (in 1670) instrument of British empire. Here, Newman covers the 120-odd years through mid- 1991, during which HBC devolved into the Dominion's largest department-store chain. As before, the author again focuses on larger-than-life personalities who played major roles in the corporate drama. Among them are the rascally, self-serving Donald Alexander Smith, a longtime governor of HBC, as well as Kenneth (Lord) Thomson, the miserly heir to a newspaper/petroleum fortune who gained control of ``The Bay'' (as it's known up north) in 1979. Between the polar- opposite regimes of these two, Newman tracks HBC's expansion into the Arctic, the subsequent decline of the mainstay fur trade, and the boardroom battles that resulted in the shift of HBC's legal domicile from London to Winnipeg on the 300th anniversary of its founding. Along the way, he offers a wealth of anecdotal detail on The Bay's abortive involvements in filmmaking (37 features), wartime shipping (110 vessels sunk by German subs), bootlegging, and allied ventures that yielded few returns for investors. But despite its proving less than a financial success for backers over the years, HBC, Newman insists, has contributed immeasurably to the making of Canada's character--for instance, in the way the company's hinterland outposts established enduring commercial ties with the aboriginal inhabitants, stressing collective survival. By contrast, the author argues, fiercely independent individuals with little sense of community conquered America's frontier with shot and shell, slaughtering Indians for their furs or just to ``watch 'em spin.'' Newman concludes that the HBC has suffered irretrievable loss from the Faustian survival bargain that obliged it to exchange a many-splendored heritage for a mess of merchandising pottage. Absorbing and praiseworthy. The elegantly written text is profusely illustrated. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

The third century of Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) was marked by an expansion into the Arctic followed by a slow transition from a fur trading company into Canada's leading retailer. Newman details these changes and the personalities behind them in his final volume on the history of the HBC, which brings the story up to 1991 and includes a discussion of the sale of the northern stores and fur trade divisions in 1987. As with the previous volumes ( LJ 12/85, 12/87), Newman presents a solid analysis based on extensive research and, in this case, interviews with some of the principals involved, and he delivers it with his usual straightforward, readable style. Merchant Princes forms a magnificent conclusion to the three-volume saga and will be of interest to business historians as well as readers interested in the fur trade and Canada. Taken together, the whole of the three volumes is greater than the sum of the parts--they should stand as the standard account of the HBC for decades to come. The set is essential for academic libraries and strongly recommended for public libraries.
- Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 9.95
US$ 9.36

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 14.00
From Canada to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780670809677: Caesars of the Wilderness: Company of Adventurers, Volume 2

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0670809675 ISBN 13:  9780670809677
Publisher: Viking Adult, 1987
Hardcover

9780670840984: Merchant Princes (Company of Adventurers)

Viking..., 1992
Hardcover

9780670819362: Caesars of the wilderness (Company of adventurers)

Viking, 1987
Hardcover

9780140950809: Caesars of the Wilderness:

See Co..., 1987
Hardcover

9780147518644: Caesars of the Wilderness

Pengui..., 1988
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Peter C. Newman
Published by Penguin Books, Toronto (1988)
ISBN 10: 0140086307 ISBN 13: 9780140086300
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Librairie Le Nord
(Hearst, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, Toronto, 1988. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. 107 mm X 174 mm. Seller Inventory # 042533

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 14.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Newman, Peter C.
Published by Penguin Books (1988)
ISBN 10: 0140086307 ISBN 13: 9780140086300
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 1988. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110140086307

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 39.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Peter C. Newman
Published by Penguin Books (1988)
ISBN 10: 0140086307 ISBN 13: 9780140086300
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 1988. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0140086307

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 50.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Newman, Peter C.
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0140086307 ISBN 13: 9780140086300
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0140086307 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0025533

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Peter C. Newman
Published by Penguin Books (1988)
ISBN 10: 0140086307 ISBN 13: 9780140086300
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0140086307

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 57.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Newman, Peter C.
Published by Penguin Books (1988)
ISBN 10: 0140086307 ISBN 13: 9780140086300
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 1988. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0140086307

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 58.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds