Bush Runner: The Life and Times of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

Category: Book
By (author): Bourrie, Mark
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Native Americans
  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
  HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: November 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 8.25in x 5.25in
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From The Publisher*

With a life that would rival any adventure hero's, Pierre-Esprit Radisson's unbelievable story is only now being told. Born in France in the late 1630s and immigrating to Quebec as a child, Radisson was like a frontiersman Forrest Gump-he travelled the world, met some of the most influential figures in history, and took risks no sensible person would take in any age.

Kidnapped at fifteen by the Mohawks on the banks of the Saint-Lawrence River (who then adopted him as one of their own), Radisson escaped to early New York City, then was in London during the Great Plague and Great Fire-and was a guest in the courts of both Charles II and Louis XIV. He was wooed by Jesuit and English spies in an early form of corporate espionage related to the fur trade and his own illegal smuggling exploits. He double-crossed the English, French, Dutch, and even his own Mohawk family. He was marooned by Dutch pirates in Spain, then later shipwrecked on the reefs of Venezuela with a group of French pirates, who he had joined on a military expedition against Dutch-held Curacao and Tobago. Most lastingly, he spent time in the Arctic as a fur trader, and helped establish the Hudson's Bay Company, North America's oldest company, which is still in business today, almost 350 years later.

Spending his life trying to succeed in the fur trade business, Radisson was continuously thwarted by kings, princes, and the revolutionary events of his time, eventually retiring to England with a bounty on his head and dying in 1710. Sourced from his journals, which opened to the public for the first time in 2017, Bush Runner is a true-life adventure story like no other-and will engross and fascinate readers everywhere.

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Praise for Mark Bourrie

"This may well be the book of record on Canadian Second World War censorship." -National Post

"[Fog of War] shows a system in which the military was overly protective of information, the media willing participants and the censors themselves fiercely independent." -Montreal Gazette

"Mark Bourrie...writes well, he has done yeoman archival research and he presents much excellent material. What is important and new is his account of how the censors...were prepared to argue against government and the military in an effort to get news out during the Second World War...Bourrie's book, written in good journalistic prose, is an entertaining one to read." -Globe and Mail

"[Mark Bourrie] raises important questions about how journalists should react when faced with difficult obstacles to their primary mission of reporting the truth." -Winnipeg Free Press

Biographical Note

Mark Bourrie is a historian, journalist, and student-at-law. He is the author of The Fog of War: Censorship of Canada's Media in World War II, Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's assault on Your Right to Know, and The Killing Game: Martyrdom, Murder and the Lure of Isis.