Toronto: A Short Illustrated History of Its First 12,000 Years is edited by anthropologist Ron Williamson and tells a brief history of Toronto in five essays each written by a scholar in his field. This popular history begins with the early historical record with Robert MacDonald's essay, Toronto's Natural History. Ronald Williamson offers a concise overview of First Nations history in his paper, Before the Visitors. Military historian Carl Benn offers readers a paper about the impact of Colonial Transformations on the First Nations and the landscape. The Age of Industry is covered by Christopher Andrea, and the final chapter about Toronto into the Twentieth-First Century is written by Roger Hall. Throughout this 126-page book the editor includes detailed maps, illustrations, and archival and contemporary photography. The book contains an index and bibliography.