Born: July 12, 1920
Died: November 30, 2004
Place of Birth: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Pierre Berton is probably Canada's best known living writer and historian.
He has a sense of describing Canada's past so that the reader comprehends its heroic and dynamic history.
Berton moved from the Yukon to Vancouver when he was 12 but the northern wilderness had a definite effect on him.
He entered military service and rose to the rank of Captain/Instructor at the Royal Military College.
When only 21, Pierre Berton was the youngest editor of any Canadian newspaper at that time.
In 1947, he went to work for McLeans Magazine as a writer and then editor.
Ten years later, Berton turned celebrity when he became a regular panelist on the popular TV show, "Front Page Challenge".
He then began writing a series of best-selling books that brought out the story of Canada's past .
When the CBC did an eight-part series based on his books, Pierre Berton became the most famous historian in Canada.
Berton has received over 30 literary awards including the prestigious Governor-General and Stephen Leacock Awards.
Many Canadians have had their lives enhanced through his books and by the many interviews Pierre Berton has given on television.
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