Reading the Entrails

Reading the Entrails

By Norman Charles Conrad
Book Description

Before the fall of Imperial Rome, priests cast the guts of sacrificial animals on the temple floor, claiming to be able to divine the future from these entrails. By probing the remains of Alberta's past sacrifices (reading the entrails), the author believes we might dimly see an apparition of Alberta's future. This controversial book vividly portrays the history of land and life in Alberta from the Ice Ages to the present. Making no apologies for his criticism of government, regulators, and large corporations, Conrad aims to strike a discussion at all levels by presenting his arguments intensely. For those interested in natural history, the environment, and the future of Alberta's ecological resources, this provocative book is essential reading.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1 Icy Beginnings
  • Chapter 2 First Peoples
  • Chapter 3 Distant Rumblings
  • Chapter 4 Bison Bounty
  • Chapter 5 Hudson's Bay Company
  • Chapter 6 Taking New Canaan
  • Chapter 7 Trojan, Iron, War and other Horses
  • Chapter 8 Whiteout
  • Chapter 9 Sodbusting
  • Chapter 10 Oil Moil
  • Chapter 11 Bushwhacking
  • Chapter 12 White Man's Caress
  • Chapter 13 Strips, Laminates and Biomes
  • Chapter 14 Roadkills on the Highway to Progress
  • Chapter 15 The Salvation Band
  • Chapter 16 Epilogue
  • Endnotes
  • Index
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • H
    • I
    • J
    • K
    • L
    • M
    • N
    • O
    • P
    • Q
    • R
    • S
    • T
    • U
    • V
    • W
    • Y
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