Book details

Publication date: November 2018
Features: 26 B&W photographs, 5 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Biography / RCMP and Military History
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Law Enforcement, Biography / RCMP and Military History, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military, HISTORY / Canada / General, Biography: historical, political & military, Biography / RCMP and Military History, Police & security services, History of the Americas, Canada
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Rod Macleod is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.

"...Steele owed much of his career success to his simple approach to life—see what must be done, find the most practical way to do it, apply yourself with full energy and dedication.... Steele played a considerable role in a time full of huge change.... It’s a story worth telling. Macleod’s solid research and clear writing also make it a story worth reading." January 30, 2019 [Full article at https://www.edmontonprimetimes.com/article/the-original-man-of-steele-20190130]

Mark Lisac


"This book is a detailed treatment of the entire life of Sam Steele, informed and enhanced by new information held within the Steele collection. The breadth of Steele’s accomplishments encompass the opening of the west and north as Canada grew into nationhood after confederation."

Michael Gates, Yukon News


"...Steele emerges as a three-dimensional character, much more lively and realistic, than the self-portrait earnestly provided in his autobiography, Forty Years in Canada.... Rod Macleod is to be warmly congratulated for his excellent biography of an important Anglo-Canadian public figure in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."

Donald B. Smith, ARCTIC

"Using correspondence and diaries from the Steele Collection, Rod Macleod reveals a complicated history of an individual whose career and exploits dovetailed with the initial decades of a young country and Canada’s involvement with the South African War and First World War."

Alison J. Rukavina, Texas Tech University


"Deeply-researched and elegantly written, this book brings alive one of the most intriguing characters of Canadian history who has been undeservedly forgotten. Macleod reminds us that the RCMP became an iconic national institution not because of decisions made in Ottawa, but because of the steady judgement and boisterous ambition of men in the field."

Charlotte Gray, Author of The Promise of Canada

1 || Early Life: Orillia and the Red River Expedition, 1848–1873
2 || The North-West Mounted Police, 1873–1885
3 || Steele’s Scouts in the Rebellion, 1885
4 || Frustrated Ambition, 1886–1888
5 || The Love of His Life: Marie Harwood, 1888–1890
6 || Fort Macleod and Family, 1890–1898
7 || The Klondike Gold Rush, 1898–1899
8 || Fighting for Queen and Country: Lord Strathcona’s Horse, 1899–1901
9 || Imperial Interlude: The South African Constabulary, 1901–1907 229
10 || Preparing for War, 1907–1914
11 || An Old Soldier Fades Away: General Steele, 1914–1919
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