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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (21 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908737158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908737151
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cameron Dueck is a Canadian writer and adventurer who has traveled the globe as a journalist, writing for publications including Reuters, Financial Times and South China Morning Post. Cameron's most natural mode of transport is a sailing boat, and the sea provides him with most of his tales, whether he's hiding from pirates off the coast of Yemen, crossing the Atlantic Ocean or swilling rum while at anchor in the tropics. He has just written his first book, which tells the story of his voyage through the Northwest Passage and looks at how climate change is impacting Canadian Arctic communities. Riding a motorcycle has added a new twist to his travels, and he is currently riding a motorcycle through the Americas to research a book and film about Mennonite culture in Latin America.

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'The Arctic is the canary down the mine of climate change; the Northwest Passage is its most iconic indicator. The tragedy is that Cameron Dueck found it navigable. The pleasure is his telling of the tale.' --Alastair McIntosh, author of Hell and High Water

'In the hands of a good writer like Dueck the story of the trip is engaging and hard to put down.' --The Winnipeg Free Press

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Cameron Dueck was the leader of the expedition and captain Silent Sound. His journalism career has spanned the globe, from North America to Europe and Asia, with regular escapes to sea to satisfy his passion for offshore ocean sailing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LittleTiger on 25 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
Refreshing in its honesty, including in those areas where the author doesn't always come through it in a shining light, this is a highly readable and interesting book. As with all good adventures, it's not always plain sailing (literally) and the journalist in the author shines through to tell the tale, warts and all.

I have reduced it to 4 stars for two reasons: 1) It concludes rather too abruptly for my liking and 2) the horrendous number of proof-reading errors. Se ntences arewritten lik ethis more timesthan I canc ount which makesfo r an irritatinga nd distracting experience.

Other than that, a great yarn, and a story to recommend, particularly because it offers a good flavour of the diversity of peoples living up in such hostile regions.
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By Deep Reader VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2013
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Cameron Dueck is some guy. Because of global warming the fabled North West Passage is now open sufficiently and for long enough in the year to be sailed through. Cameron Dueck did just that in a boat he acquired and brought up to muster for just that purpose. He put a crew together which, perhaps inevitably, did not completely cohere but, just the same, accepted his leadership and did the job. To all this derring-do the author brings a real concern about global warming and the people who are 'feeling the heat' first, their lifestyles threatened. Don't worry, more of us will follow. There is a barely known history to be uncovered, an important history, and a start is at least made. This book has a film to go with it which deserves the same sort of exposure that 'Chasing Ice' is now getting. In fact, these endeavours have a lot in common and complement each other. That said, 'The New Northwest Passage' stands alone and is a 'must read' for everyone interested in the Arctic, in global warming and climate change, and social change. It is also for everyone who likes to read about the sea and seagoing adventure. All in all it's a fine book. Chasing Ice [DVD] Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition
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A great read and you feel part of the trip with the brave adventures.
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A book about the most amazing adventure 11 Jan. 2013
By MegKay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved reading "The New Northwest Passage". At first I hesitated to read about a sailing adventure and about the Arctic, two topics I knew nothing about. I had read some books on climate change though. But once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. I especially appreciated all the research Cameron Dueck had done on the history and the background of customs and lifestyles of the people he and his crew had visited on this voyage. "The New Northwest Passage" is very educational about an area of North America that most of us will never see and most of us hardly ever hear about. Cameron Dueck's passion for sailing, for the outdoors and for adventure just jumps at you from the page. His writing style is beautiful and easy to read, even for someone who isn't familiar with the topics and is an ETL (English as Third Language).
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A Compelling Read 10 Jan. 2013
By Silksky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just completed reading the New Northwest Passage given to me at Christmas by an elderly aunt who said, "I thought you'd have something in common with this guy". She was dead on.

My wife and I lived aboard our sailboat in Victoria,BC, during the author's trip preparations. I did hear about Silent Sound, but sadly we never crossed paths. I have been a sailor for over four decades and relate to many aspects of the joys and challenges of extended cruising, in unknown waters, sometimes with novices. Also, I have spent many years now travelling to the NWT, Yukon, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Labrador working with the Inuit in areas of mental health and social development. As is the case with many authors who I read, I was prepared to disagree with Dueck's insights about the Inuit people, as many non-aboriginals just don't "get them". But I found myself nodding and smiling at his assessments of life up North, and the generous character of the people. Over the years I may have had the chance to meet more healthy leaders, Elders, and youth than he did, and so I am more optimistic about their future. Nevertheless, I felt the author presented a fair and honest portrait of these remarkable people and their territory, and was really fortunate to have experienced the depth of their hospitality, and to share it with us in a compelling read.
Vicarious adventure 14 Mar. 2013
By Eleanor R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are an armchair adventurer as I am, you might find this record of a dangerous journey to be just the thing. There is a film, which I had seen first, of this same journey and so whilst reading I had these wonderful pictures playing in my mind - pristine landscapes, mournfully isolated villages, joyfully hospitable people.
The author manages to convey the risks well enough for me to think that the crew were all quite MAD, in the British sense of the word. But then, if it weren't for those who are willing to set out from the shore, we'd all know a lot less about our world, wouldn't we?
Although my family and I leave a rather small footprint, I wouldn't call myself an environmentalist. However, the author helps make the connection between climate change and survival for those who live in the remote communities of Canada's far north. Having grown up on the Canadian prairies one might not think I had anything in common with those living in Sachs Harbour or Tuktoyaktuk, but I found there was a similarity in the kind of hospitality the author spoke of, the simple "you're welcome to come to our house and do your laundry" sort of hospitality, and of course, the connection to the land for one's survival. Weather is everything for people who farm or people who depend on hunting/fishing for their survival. I wanted to meet those people and share a meal together - although perhaps not a meal of Beluga whale and caribou kidney. I could "feel" what it would be like to sit around the table and hear their stories.
What I found most surprising and fascinating is the way the author conveyed the realities of life on the Silent Sound during those months. This was also one of the reason why I am so thankful that I could enjoy this adventure vicariously. Three or four people who are cold, crabby and cramped on a boat for several months together? The author not only conveyed the tension, but pretty much bares himself to the reader in the process. You get to be inside his head. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been the SILENT sound if I'd been on the boat with them.
Besides being an educational read, it's also a darn good adventure story! Give it a read and then keep your eyes open for a chance to see the award-winning film.
The NW Passage encounters 7 Feb. 2013
By Virginia MacRobert - Published on Amazon.com
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Helpful book for those considering this journey. Interesting to hear from the people who live there in the Arctic. A wonderful story and a good read for adventurers.
Great read 5 Feb. 2013
By Marg Epp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had the privilege of meeting Cameron and his crew on their journey. I downloaded the book as soon as it was available. I half expected a more text book approach and was thrilled to find a wonderful, easy to read story. Valuable history and knowledge was imparted in a compelling entertaining story of an incredible journey. It was just like sitting and talking to him. Great job Cameron.
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