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Poor history, little bushcraft
on 6 June 2012
What a disappointing book. Its a badly written history of the fur trade and the search for the north west passage.
Described as 'rich in bushcraft'- this is completely false- it contains very few real examples, never mind a 'how to' guide, and also little information about indigneous culture and almost none about the region's wildlife and ecology (quite amazing when you think about how rich in all of these things it could be!!)
The text is spaced out, I feel to make the book thicker, and there are very poor line illustrations throughout.
I have a lot of respect for Ray Mears, and he obviously has a lot of respect for this region of Canada and its First Nations people and early explorers, just a shame he can't relate it to the reader.
I have given it 2 stars rather than 1 to give credit to the photos and their captions which are the best part of the book.