Of the three books in this series - all of which are gems - this is probably the most interesting to readers who have done any degree of traveling in the northern half of this extraordinary province, or have roots in the area. I first heard of Frank Swannell almost 40 years ago while living and working in the southern Yukon, and that was from a B.C. Forest Service official, to whom the name had the aura of legend. Intrigued, I looked for some hard information about the man but had to wait until author Sherwood dedicated what's clearly been enormous work and trouble in producing this wonderful series of books. They have everything, large numbers of fascinating photographs, verbatim transcripts of Swannell's field notes and diaries, interesting maps, and archival documents that set the framework for decades of the most astonishing, dogged, rugged hard labor and, at the same time, classic adventure. For a province so radically altered geographically by a century of dam building, these books provide the opportunity to see and understand something of what was lost by it all, just within the working lives of two generations. The text well matches the superb selection of photographs and is clear, simple, unadorned exposition, avoiding the blarney of hyperbole that has already begun to blight writings about northern BC and its better known, more publicized characters. It reflects Swannell's own writing, newsy, always interesting, with an eye for color, a love of people, a complete absence of ego and what is to be expected in a surveyor, an obsession with accuracy. To understand the feats of hardship and endurance and the body of work these men accomplished with the scanty resources made available to them, and that in the lifetimes of our own parents and grandparents, can give a sobering shift in perspective and much to reflect on in assessing where we are today and where we are going. Thank you Mr. Sherwood. This series of books has been pure pleasure.