The Wild Ride is a brilliantly illustrated history of the Canadian west and the North West Mounted Police – from the throes of Confederation and the Red River Rebellion, through the founding of the Mounties in 1873, to the arrival of the railway in western Canada and the heroics of the Klondike Gold Rush; all of it played out on a vast, barely knowable landscape as hostile as any on earth, and every bit as alluring.