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John Jennings is co-editor of The Canoe in Canadian Cultures and a professor at Trent University. With support from the Canadian Canoe Museum, he brought together 12 experts in canoe and kayak scholarship and culture including Eugene Arima, Hallie E. Bond, Steven C. Brown, David Finch, Don Gardner, Gwenyth Hoyle, Fred Johnston, John Jennings, Kenneth R. Lister, Ted Moores, Rick Nash, and James Raffan to create this book.
Beautiful ... informative without being pedantic... The book succeeds not only as a social history, but also as a business history about canoe manufacturing.--Bruce Bailey "National Post " Beautifully produced and wonderfully illustrated.--Garth Wilson"Canadian Historical Review" (12/01/2003) This magnificent, large format hardcover book is richly illustrated with fascinating archival and modern photographs, maps, and artwork.--Wave Length Magazine (12/01/2002) Plenty of info in the book to appeal to U.S. readers, including a section on paddling for pleasure in the American Northeast.-- (12/06/2002) Trust me. ...The paddler who longs for a float on one of those warm autumn days would love to add this worthy volume to his or her library.-- (12/22/2002) The book is a feast of visual imagery and fascinating insights. If a definitive book on the canoe requires balance, accuracy, texture, and beauty, The Canoe, a Living Tradition meets all the criteria and would be my nomination.-- (09/01/2002) A most worthy tribute to that most noble form of transportation.--Che-mun - The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoe (06/01/2002) This tribute is a wonderfully rich volume on [the canoe's] history in North America ... Adeptly written and wonderfully illustrated with over 400 photographs and maps.-- (10/01/2002) Thoroughly entertaining, beautifully illustrated ... An utterly enchanting trip back in time.-- (10/01/2002) Paddlers, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike will appreciate this authoritative, finely produced volume.--Wilderness Journal (04/01/2003) A lavishly illustrated work of scholarship ... essential reading for the canoe enthusiast, and excellent coffee-table material for the dabbling paddler.-- (12/07/2002) Academic thoroughness, artistic beauty, and a sense of style that belies its simple subject matter ... will leave you in awe.-- (06/01/2003) Worthy companion to Edwin Tappan Adney and Howard I. Chapelle's The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America.-- (04/01/2003) This beautifully illustrated volume, notable for its insightful essays, its variety, and its historical significance, would sit comfortably on any coffee table or scholar's shelf. It will surely be on mine!-- (06/01/2003) This book has it all. ... Crammed full of historical, anthropological, archaeological, political and geographical facts, maps and sketches.-- (12/01/2002) Seminal.--Judy Waytiuk"Am ricas" (02/01/2003) A perfect addition to any flatwater paddler's lifetime library collection ... an incredible history of the canoe ... a lush thoughtful tour.-- (02/15/2003)