History and Sport History

History and Sport History Books in this category are historical in nature and may include regional histories or history of sport related to teams or individuals who contributed to the Atlantic story. More recently it has included historical novels and memoirs.

Oak Island Unearthed! Third Canadian Edition- a Canadian best-Seller

Oak Island Unearthed! Third Canadian Edition

by John O. O’Brien

Save several dollars on this latest edition until June, 2018. Free Shipping until April, 2018 in Canada and $5 to the USA;afterwards  $5 in Canada thereafter $10.00 to the USA.  Both POD versions are now available in USA and overseas (Europe and Australasia). Shipping lower for POD in most cases.

This is a story of the world’s oldest continuous mystery about Oak Island – of supposed treasure left before 1795 by Spanish, French or British pirates, or the Knight’s Templars/Holy Grail, Christopher Columbus, returning British armies after the American War of Independence and a host of other speculations … all that makes for a great story, many books, and a TV series … well known here and around the world. But O’Brien does not believe any of this and set out to prove a theory begun by his father in 1958. John was merely 12 at the time, but his fascination has turned into a passion, backed by rigorous research.


The big difference is that O’Brien is not simply writing a story, he is attempting to solve the mystery which he claims is nearly 1200 years old, long before any Europeans ever set foot on this part of the new world. He offers readers the W- 5 explanation: who, what, where, why, when plus how. Began in 1957-58 when he was a pre-teen listening to the debates between his father and SMU professor and later visiting the island – this story and the resulting third edition book is now 59 years in the making and counting.


O’Brien is not a writer per se, but rather a storyteller in the tradition of the old mining camps of the North. He spent time in Germany as a cold-war Canadian soldier in the late 60s-70s, returned to school, studied Physics at Dalhousie, then became a life-long professional miner; he claims only a miner who has researched the Island can understand its complex system of tunnels. John O’Brien is a diligent researcher … with ever-widening contacts and deepening research.


He claims that both of the Mesoamericans – the Aztec & Maya – were involved; and that the Maya travelled to Mahone Bay and Oak Island as long ago as the 9th Century AD, followed by the Aztec in 1520-25 (or perhaps even a few decades before in preparation for their visit) to first mine a highly prized Palagorskite clay – Mayan Blue – and later to bury the Aztec god-King and the Empire’s treasures, which he believes includes far more than gold artifacts.


Evidence is confirmed by archaeologists, ritual mathematical measurements, carbon dating, hieroglyphs, history, prophecy, astronomy, and Mi’Kmaq legends … and now with more tunnels/shafts discovered off-island, but within Mahone Bay.


BOOK: Canadian Bestseller – 4th printing since September 2014 – this is Third Canadian Edition … and the publisher firmly believes believe it has barely dented the potential marketplace four this title. O’Brien is currently assisted by a retired Dalhousie professor who helped his later research and has written a Foreword to this Third Edition,


This new book is an expanded version with new chapters and new photos. To date it has sold in all 10 Canadian provinces and 3 territories, 20 US states and 12 countries, not counting the first e-Pub2 version, and will be sold in print worldwide by June, 2017 via Ingram International. The original e-book will soon be replaced by an e-Pub3 version of the new Canadian Third Edition.


THREE VERSIONS: In addition to Canada, the new edition is also printed in two international POD versions – US/Imperial Measurement for United States readers and METRIC – which are to be printed POD by Ingram in all four world plants within the USA, Europe (London, Paris) and Sydney, Australia.

PROMOTION: John will eventually be filmed on The Curse of Oak Island – will be on a future Series on the History Channel – shown in many countries from Nov. – Feb, annually. They begin filming in the summer. He will speak at WOTS 2017 – and has had many appearances in NS thus far – plus current and future ads in ABT magazine and the Atlantic Holiday Gift Guide.

Price: $22.50
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Scapegoat: 100th Anniversary Edition — a triple-award winning book

Scapegoat: 100th Anniversary Edition: ISBN 9781895814620: Triple Award winner; 504 pp., 270 photos/sketches;  Noted. and Indexed.

Summary: On the morning of 6 December 1917, a French munitions ship, SS Mont Blanc, carrying a full cargo of highly volatile explosives, and a Belgian Relief vessel under Norwegian registry, SS Imo, collided in Halifax Harbour. Twenty minutes later, a catastrophic explosion destroyed the district of Richmond in the North End of the city, causing the loss of over 2,000 lives, countless injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. At first, German spies and saboteurs were assumed to have been the culprits. However, within a few days, Captain Aimé Le Médec and Pilot Francis Mackey of Mont Blanc were under intense scrutiny in the court of public opinion.

The federal government launched an immediate inquiry to investigate the causes of the accident which led to the disaster. However, Ottawa’s underlying goal was to assume control over the port and its pilotage system. During the latter part of the proceedings, fingers pointed towards the Royal Canadian Navy for alleged mismanagement of the port. By that time, the drive to find those responsible for the unthinkable had reached a fever pitch. As a result of the inquiry decision, the captain and pilot, along with RCN chief examining officer, Commander F. Evan Wyatt, were singled out for blame. They were arrested and subsequently charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence.

Within the framework of the inquiry transcripts and through the incorporation of additional legal records, official naval documentation, photographs and archived resources, this volume details the circumstances leading up to the day of the collision, fire and explosion. The courtroom then becomes the setting for a close examination of the inquiry itself and the numerous legal proceedings, which followed. Ultimately, the evolution of the concerted efforts to indict a scapegoat in the wake of this unprecedented marine and civil disaster is revealed. (The original editions now SOLD OUT)


100th ANNIVERSARY EDITION: “Scapegoat” book wins the prestigious International JOHN LYMAN AWARD (Canadian Naval and Maritime History) The award was for books published in 2016, and was announced by the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) in the Summer, 2017. The cover, award sticker and plaque are attached. The John Lyman Book Awards are given annually by the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) to recognise excellence in “books, authors and editors that contribute significantly to the understanding of the maritime and naval history of North America, its rivers and lakes and adjoining oceans”.These awards are named after Professor John Lyman of the University of North Carolina. There are six awards: five for the USA and one for Canada.

Scapegoat, the amazing story of the post-Halifax Explosion (December 6, 1917) legal proceedings has won several previous awards, with the first edition winning the 2014 Atlantic Book Award (Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award) for the best non-fiction book published in Atlantic Canada that year. That was followed in 2015 with a bronze medal in the International Independent Publisher Awards (IPPY). This new edition was released early (late 2016) as an updated edition for the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion to be memorialized on December 6, 2017. This edition has been thoroughly edited and revised, with many re-organized & consolidated appendices, as well as all-new additional chapters (28 new pages … see details of additions on p.2 of this release.


NEW MATERIAL: 1. A new chapter on the “Ships in the Harbour” on that fateful day … 41 vessels with 33 accompanying photos; 2. Another new detailed chapter on the first Royal Naval College of Canada, founded in 1911 in Halifax, but moved to the west coast after the devastation of Halifax. 3. An important detailed time line from Collision to the Explosion itself (very popular at talks/presentations). 4. Complete witness lists for trials, commissions, appeals. 5. Seventy (70) additional historical photos (many never previously seen – many from USA and UK).

Price: $34.95
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Betrayal of Trust: Commander Wyatt and the Halifax Explosion


NEW September 2017… 1ooth Anniversary of Halifax Explosion

Betrayal of Trust: Commander Wyatt & the Halifax Explosion  —ISBN 9781895814767 192 pp; 103 period photos/sketches; Bibliography, Biography; Indexed. Back Cover Quote by Robert MacNeil

Before the Halifax Explosion, F. Evan Wyatt was a recently-married officer with a promising career in the Royal Canadian Navy. He also enjoyed popularity among those

in the city’s elite society. But little else is known about the only man indicted for allegedly causing the disaster.


The French munitions ship, SS Mont-Blanc, and the Norwegian freighter, SS Imo, collided in Halifax Harbour on the morning of 6 December 1917. The resultant explosion killed nearly 2,000 people, caused 9,000 thousand injuries and left many more homeless and without shelter. Property losses were in the millions of dollars. In the aftermath of the blast, an inquiry was set up to determine the cause of the collision between the two ships in the harbour. However, the proceedings quickly devolved into a search for scapegoats on whom to lay blame for the explosion.


The captain and pilot of the French vessel were arrested along with the Royal Canadian Navy’s chief examination officer (CXO), Commander F. Evan Wyatt (ret. R.N.R). Each man faced a charge of manslaughter. Charges of criminal negligence were added at a subsequent preliminary hearing. The captain and pilot were soon released on a writ of habeas corpus, but Commander Wyatt was indicted by a grand jury and put on trial. Although duly acquitted, his personal reputation and professional career in Canada were ruined.


Betrayal of Trust delves into the life and times of F. Evan Wyatt, the circumstances leading up to his being scapegoated, and the failure of the Department of the Naval Service of Canada to protect one of its own.


“If I had known the fascinating and poignant tale of Commander Wyatt’s personal life, as related by Joel Zemel, I doubt that the novelist in me could have resisted his compelling story. It gives to the factual literature of the Halifax Explosion, an unusually intimate personal dimension, worthy of a novel.”


– Robert MacNeil, author of the novel Burden of Desire

Price: $19.95
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From 14th Colony to Confederation, 1749 – 1867: Governors, Placemen, & the Merchant Elite by A. D. Boutilier

From 14th Colony to Confederation, 1749 – 1867: Governors, Placemen, & the Merchant Elite by A. D. Boutilier: 6 x 9 – 288 pp., with 100 plus photos/sketches. ISBN 9781895814668 – $21.95;

NEW ©June, 2017…. a CANADA 150 Project. E-Pub3 also available as ISBN 9781895814675. Contains four appendices of Governors/Lieutenant-Governors (many annotated) from 1713 to 1749; 1749-1778; 1778-1867; and 1867-2017. Contains Chapter notes, indexed.


Description: A social history of any community in any time period must seek to study every cultural and sub-cultural signpost; then takes the reader on a natural path. From 14th Colony to Confederation, 1749 – 1867, is such a social history. It is the second title in a trilogy of books that are connected – and this one is subtitled: Governors, Placemen, and the Merchant Elite. Use of 18th, & 19th Century language and quotes provides much humour throughout the manuscript.


Short description: It begins with the founding of Halifax; the development of Nova Scotia and how it devolved into the Maritime provinces (ca.1785); the failure of Maritime Union, evolution of responsible government and the Canadian Confederation.


The appeal of this trilogy is that it illuminates the lives of the British military* garrisoned at Halifax until Confederation; demystifies the lives of the rich and the powerful at that time; and it traces the experiences of those who fought to be heard, as well as the struggles of people who strained every nerve to survive, and were often victims of the power systems of that era. A common thread running through the chapters involve the circumstances in which each governor and lieutenant-governor found himself, and what he did to remedy a specific situation; and how each one, in his own way, brought Nova Scotia a step closer to Confederation. Some achieved what they set out to do, others were hampered by existing conditions, and a few, who were extraordinary, propelled society forward. A small number were not without flaws, but their faults served to call out the excellence in others. It also includes the initial drive for Maritime Union, which ultimately devolved into Confederation, including the fascinating debates of Joseph Howe and Sir Charles Tupper.


Price: $21.95
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