Sam Steele – A Biography

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Rod Macleod
University of Alberta Press
January 2019

Drawing on the vast Steele archive of correspondence and diaries at the University of Alberta, this comprehensive biography vividly recounts some of the most significant events of the first 50 years of Canadian Confederation. Sam Steele: A Biography follows Steele’s rise from farm boy in backwoods Ontario to the much-lauded Major General Sir Samuel Benfield Steele. The account includes the founding of the North-West Mounted Police, the opening of the North through the Klondike, and Canada’s participation in the South African War — from the perspective of a policeman who became a military leader with a high-profile public career.