three weeks in quebec city
"In 1864, delegates from all the British North American provinces -- the "Fathers of Confederation" if you like -- gathered at Quebec City and created almost all of the constitution Canadians still live with. Three Weeks is a day-by-day, debate-by-debate, and dinner-and-dance-by-dinner-and-dance exploration of that momentous event. It's the liveliest, most readable, most detailed study you will ever find of how the nation called Canada was formed."
the court of appeal for ontario 1792-2013:
defining the right of appeal
Is the right to appeal to an independent panel of judges fundamental to the rule of law? It seems so, but it is much newer than we think. Moore explores how the idea of appeal has evolved over 250 years in this commissioned history of Ontario’s top court, a court which has been called everything from “a bastion against tyranny” to “murderers’ row.”
from then to now
a short history of the world
2011 Winner Governor General's Award in Children's Literature
Chris takes on the story of humanity: our ancestors in Africa 50,000 years ago, the way we spread out and took over the world, and how we are mixing back together again. Beautifully illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski.
british columbia court of appeal
Chris wrote this history on a commission to mark the 2010 centenary of the court. This authoritative history explores how British Columbia’s highest court makes law and how a court can reflects the economy and society of the province. Chris also features one notable case per decade from the court’s files, from the Komagata Maru case to the same-sex marriage debate.
100 photos that changed canada
In 2009, Chris contributed several commentaries to this bestselling photohistory produced by the team from Canada’s History magazine.
101 things canadians should know about canada
Chris contributed several bits to this lively new book based on a cross-Canada opinion survey run by the Dominion Institute. Loonie to Moose, Gretzky to Trudeau, Expo to Confederation, Snow to Beer – 101 Things has all the Great Canadian Stuff, with lively commentary from leading writers and charming illustrations by the Globe & Mail’s Anthony Jenkins."
mccarthy tetrault building canada's premier law firm
Chris set new standards in law firm history writing with this story of McCarthy Tétrault, Canada's leading law firm. Follow the transformation of Canadian legal practice - and of the firm that led the way.
1867: how the fathers made a deal
1867 is also about Canada in the 21st century. This dramatic, page-turning account of how the founders of Canada put together a successful constitution-making process has startling comparisons and conclusions about contemporary Canadian politics. Dalton Camp called it "just about the best book on our history I've ever read." Still widely available.
canada our century
Astonishing photographs show Canada growing year by year from 1900 to 1999, with a surprising text commentary by philosopher Mark Kingwell and Christopher Moore. Canada: Our Century became the publishing sensation of the millennium eve in 1999, with 50,000 copies sold in barely three months.
The illustrated history of canada
edited by Craig Brown
Chris contributed a long chapter on Canadian beginnings, 1600 to 1763, to this multi-authored history of Canada. "This one does everything!" exclaimed one reviewer. A bestseller when first published in 1987, the Illustrated History continues to set the standard among one-volume Canadian histories, and it has been translated into both French and Spanish. A brand-new revised edition marks the book's fifteenth anniversary.
five dramatic, true tales of people who lived in an eighteenth-century garrison town
Louis Davory, Marie-Louise Cruchon, Jean Lelarge … true stories of the lives, aspirations, and fates of extraordinary ordinary people in an eighteenth-century city, seaport, and fortress. This was Chris's first book, and it has never been out of print since 1982. The 2000 edition from McClelland and Stewart has a new afterword.
story of a nation
defining moments in our history
What does fiction know about history? Chris contributed a thought-provoking introduction to this collection of short fiction about historical themes by Canada's leading fiction writers: Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Roch Carrier, Antoinine Maillet, and many others.
the law society of upper canada and ontario's lawyers 1797 - 1997
Lawyers get involved in everything: land, business, politics, crime, families, power, passion. So this history of Ontario's lawyers is also a history of Ontario from an unusual and surprising angle. The book was originally commissioned by the Law Society to mark its two-hundredth anniversary. Ask your bookseller or contact University of Toronto Press directly.
revolution, exile, settlement
First published for the 1983-84 bicentenary of the arrival of the Loyalists in Canada, The Loyalists has been called "sympathetic, comprehensive, balanced… the best introduction to the Loyalist story." Still in print in trade paperback.
the story of canada
The full-scale, lavishly-illustrated history of Canada for young readers and their families. An instant best-seller from its first publication in 1992, it has a special place in a hundred thousand Canadian homes as one of Canada's most loved books. Chosen one of Canada's top ten young people's books of the century.
“In 2016 we gave it a great new update and redesign. Why? Because it’s 2016!”
the big book OF canada
Gorgeous new edition, all updated, for 2017. From Newfoundland to British Columbia to Nunavut, The Big Book of Canada explores the provinces and territories that are this country. Discover the majestic landscapes, the resourceful people, and the unique events that have shaped this land and those who call it home.
Adventurers: Hudson's Bay Company: the Epic Story
Schools, teachers, kids, and families often ask the Hudson's Bay Company for more info about its history. In 2001 The Bay asked Christopher Moore to write this lively, colourful history about fur traders, their native trading partners, and their contribution to Canada. Tens of thousands of copies have been donated to schools across the country.
In 1604 Samuel de Champlain helped found Acadia, the start of European settlement in Canada. In 2004 Tundra Books published Chris's Champlain, the powerful story of the great explorer and mapmaker and his encounter with the First Nations of Canada. Quill & Quire magazine raved about Chris's "silky" prose and the dramatic story.
mathurin brochu of new france
Mathurin Brochu was nobody famous. This little book for young readers takes an ordinary citizen of New France and follows his life in order to bring out dramatically what life was like in eighteenth century New France. (Sorry, this one is now out of print - look for it at your library.)
William Van Horne
They called him "the railway general," the toughest, most determined, most successful railroad-builder in Canadian history, the man who completed the Canadian Pacific Railway. (Sorry, this one is now out of print - look for it at your library.)
Peggy Crysler of Upper Canada
Peggy Crysler was nobody famous. This little book for young readers takes an ordinary citizen of Loyalist Upper Canada and follows her life, in order to bring out dramatically what life was like in Ontario's early days. (Sorry, this one is now out of print - look for it at your library.)