Montreal is one of those unique cities, always at the crossroads of history. Thoreau said it brought to mind both Edinburgh and Paris, and you felt "a French revolution might break out any moment." Jackie Robinson loved the city where he broke into professional baseball, but he especially loved the people who welcomed him. From the Iroquoian community of Hochelaga to the bustling twenty-first-century metropolis, Paul-André Linteau tells the fascinating story of Montreal, now the cosmopolitan hub of French-speaking North America. Outlining Montreal's diverse ethnic and cultural origins and its strategic geographical location, this lively account delves into the social, economic, political and cultural forces and trends that have driven the city's development and made it what it is today.