Norm Park, The Mercury, (Estevan, SK.) 25 September 2002
"The book is simply called Bienfait but the story it tells is riveting and filled with historical significance. It's...about progress and a unique story about the Western Canadian Prairies that had a genesis in a tough mining town located in southeastern Saskatchewan."
Jean Fahlman, The Mercury, 7 December 2002
"It is a disturbing and enlightening story of political intrigue and the struggle of the miners to improve their lives....It took a historian from a distance to tell this compelling story, research it and verify facts. I am glad someone had the resolve, courage and talent, to tell it. I always knew there was a dark story there."
Douglas J. Johnston, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 2002
"Bienfait captures a tiny community, and then only for a brief point in time. But it does it in depth, and with palpable empathy. This is history writ small, but exceedingly well."
Robert Leeson, letter from
a British author, 10 December 2002
"I read it through in one day, morning, afternoon and evening, because although there is much painstaking research and many qualifications in the interests of fairness, it read very much like an exciting novel. It is one of those cases where a life-story, once revealed is more stirring than any fiction - though the behaviour of the mine owners and authorities at times seems impossible to square with people living in the real world.....The story and the accompanying violence, by comparison with even hard fought disputes over here, has a savagery that takes some getting used to and I suppose one difference is that trade unionists here had nearly two centuries of organisation behind them, whereas the (mainly immigrant) Bienfait workers were starting literally from scratch."
Will Chabun, Leader-Post, 28 September 2002
"...tells a story that is well-known in Saskatchewan but needs retelling as memories fade and new generations arrive."
Garnet Dishaw, Our Times, vol.21, no.6, Spring 2003
"Bienfait is a brutal story told with real compassion for the victims. It's an account of raw capitalist thievery and police terrorism inflicted on some of the bravest and best trade unionists in all of Canadian history. All workers should get a copy of the book and read it. And that will not be any kind of chore...Like some majestic mine-head frame...Bienfait will stand as a lasting tribute to our courageous trade union ancestors, honouring the heroic struggle fought out in the Souris Basin coal fields in the late summer of 1931."
Anonymous Reader, for the University of Toronto
Press, summer 2001
"...a very engaging, readable and well-presented history, which drew me in to the struggle of the Bienfait miners and made them memorable....I would not hesitate to use it teaching a university-level course on labour and socialism in Canada."
Lorne Brown, University of Regina, Labour/LeTravail,
"...a magnificent work....Endicott's labours have been instrumental in encouraging local people to reclaim their own history...Decades of anti-communism and a conservative political culture in the outside society made them embarrassed about the events of 1931. Eventually they...became enthusiastic about redressing the conservative interpretation of their history. The launching of Bienfait in the fall of 2002 in Estevan and Bienfait drew large enthusiastic crowds."
Allan Safarik, Books in Canada, November
"... richly endowed with pictures and other memorabilia of the times...Endicott's is a remarkable book about one of the most shameful episodes in our country's history. Using primary sources and oral history to clear away the cobwebs from decades of rumours and misinformation, the result is one of the most intriguing books I have had the opportunity to read. Bienfait is the totally miraculous recreation of a story, presented in a riveting manner, that has defied being told for seventy years."