A somewhat romanticized account of the history of the St Lawrence, the people whose lives impacted (and were impacted by) the river, along with the vessels that have sailed upon it, from canoe to skiff to steamboat to the large motor freighters and small pleasure craft of today. Jenkins writes like a journalist, which he is. That is to say that he seldom forgets the print journalist's need to keep re-capturing the reader's attention with a clever turn of phrase. He's quite good at it, but at times he gets a bit too cute.
So much for style; but the substance is certainly there -- a broad ranging account of the exploration, exploitation, politics, warfare, economic impact, environmental issues surrounding the river. The book's greatest strength lies in the intriguing cast of characters that Jenkins introduces along the way.
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