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In Praise of The Wild Ride

The Wild Ride

“When Charles Wilkins gets going on the Metis uprisings, the Last Spike, the end of the buffalo, Klondike gold and much else, the Mounties sometimes have to fight for space in their own history. The Wild Ride is a great story, and Charles Wilkins rides it for all it is worth.”

Christopher Moore is a writer and commentator on Canadian history

The Wild Ride is a great read at so many levels. History, culture and the fabric of Canada play out page after page. The veneer is stripped away revealing the truth about the March West and the settling of the western provinces. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.”

Senator Larry Campbell is a former RCMP officer and Mayor of Vancouver

The Wild Ride, which chronicles the formation of the Mounties and their legendary march west from Central Canada, suggests Prime Minister John A. Macdonald was briefed on crime around Fort Edmonton and southern Alberta before he announced his intention to create the forerunner of today's RCMP. Wilkins tells the story, with all its warts, in an artfully illustrated text with tidbits gleaned from 19 other books on the era. The jacket warns it's no tale for the faint of heart.”

Edmonton Journal, October 2010

“Wilkins achieves a clarity, through his deep research, and yet allows the characters to take on a larger-than-life style. The book is really a tribute to how the West was won. The art and illustrations are amazing. There are more than 200 images, with appropriate and accurate descriptions.”

The Star Phoenix, Saskatoon, November 2010

“There is very little not to like about this book. It tells brightly written stories about the early years of Canada’s iconic police force, it is richly illustrated, and it is attractively laid out.”

Canada's History, November 2010

“This book helps to dispel the misconception that the opening of the Canadian West was a bland affair compared with the Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp version of U.S. history. The westward pilgrimage and founding of the North-West Mounted Police was a raucous affair, packed with Indians, devious politicians, whisky traders and visionary nation-builders. Letters, diaries and memoirs help connect the dots, along with more than 200 colour images.”

The Globe and Mail, December 2010