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Transcending the Gordian Knot: A Boating Adventure With a Father-Son Rite of Passage Paperback – May 28, 2014
About the Author
Steve Windell is a retired Licensed Certified Public Accountant and CFO. He currently serves on two boards of directors, one an earth science firm and the other a young and growing economic and decision-support consulting firm. He occasionally teaches in the field of strategic thinking and planning, and is working on a book of photography of the Oregon Coast.
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Third, the joy of "riding shotgun" on this journey gave me a sense of excitement in seeing the pictorially pristine landscape which I may never see in my lifetime, yet able to appreciate vicariously through the author's eyes.
Most disturbing was the premise that the author was giving a "gift" of a right of passage trip to his son, yet the book is almost entirely a glorification of the author's views, decisions and role as the parent. There is obviously a rift between the two and its existence is subtly acknowledged throughout, whether intentionally or not, by the author. Interestingly, the book was published nearly 25 years after the events took place and includes appendices which update the reader on most of the people mentioned in the book including the author's wife and daughter and son. Far more is included in this postscript about the author's support group and other family members than about his son, who was supposedly the focal point of the book. All the reader is told is his current age, occupation and interest as an artist. The reader is left with the strong impression the difficulties between the two were never mended. Two stars for the beautiful photos and the author's descriptions of some of my favorite places on earth...the rest of the book just made me sad.