A robust tale of the life of the northern lumberjack and of his background from the early part of the 19th century in Maine down to the present in California. The text is full of personalities, men who have made history, because of their strength, their ability, their zest for life, their rise to power and wealth. Not for the squeamish, because these men lead hard carousing lives, and the author gives every facet, work and play. The color and spirit of the life is there too. Modern science has finally caught up with lumbering and today presents an entirely different picture. A book for anyone interested in the industry, and for those who like good segments of Americans.