Scottish-born Alexander Mackenzie's (1763-1830) journal of his travels across North America was published in 1801 as Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Laurence Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in the Years 1789 and 1793. Mackenzie undertook this voyage from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, for the North West Company and became the first European to cross the North American continent from the East. His book was an immediate best seller. Napoleon Bonaparte requisitioned a French translation, and Lewis and Clark carried a copy on their westward journey. Hayes (Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest) here provides an exegesis of Mackenzie's journal, throwing light on the factors driving the Canadian fur trade, the adventures and misadventures of the fur traders, and the serendipitous discoveries that led to the opening of the Northwest. Like Hayes's earlier book, this is richly illustrated, containing several historic maps. Those who wish to read another account of Mackenzie's expedition across North America may refer to Barry Gough's First Across the Continent (Univ. of Oklahoma. 1997). Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.