Reading the Entrails

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.

Reading the Entrails: An Alberta Ecohistory 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

Table of Contents
Reading the Entrails 1
Contents 6
Acknowledgements 8
Prologue 10
Chapter 1 Icy Beginnings 20
Chapter 2 First Peoples 30
Chapter 3 Distant Rumblings 38
Chapter 4 Bison Bounty 48
Chapter 5 Hudson's Bay Company 58
Chapter 6 Taking New Canaan 68
Chapter 7 Trojan, Iron, War and other Horses 80
Chapter 8 Whiteout 88
Chapter 9 Sodbusting 98
Chapter 10 Oil Moil 112
Chapter 11 Bushwhacking 126
Chapter 12 White Man's Caress 140
Chapter 13 Strips, Laminates and Biomes 150
Chapter 14 Roadkills on the Highway to Progress 162
Chapter 15 The Salvation Band 174
Chapter 16 Epilogue 188
Endnotes 192
B 212
C 212
A 212
Index 212
D 213
E 213
F 213
G 213
K 214
L 214
M 214
J 214
I 214
H 214
N 215
Q 215
P 215
O 215
R 215
S 216
T 216
U 216
V 216
W 216
Y 216