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This anthology of 31 stories chronicling Alaskan life, past and present, includes pieces by such noted writers as Washington Irving, John Muir, Jack London, and Gary Paulsen. Irving describes the voyage of a sailing vessel in 1812; Muir writes about one of his trips to Glacier Bay; London's subjects range from gold hunters to building a fire in 75-below temperatures; and Paulsen tells what it is like to race in the Iditarod, the 1,100-mile odyssey that tests the endurance of both humans and dogs. There is an excerpt from the Dawson Daily News of May 23, 1900, reporting on the dog nuisance in that city, and an excerpt from Alaska Magazine on the plethora of carnivorous bugs. A piece by editor Walker, author of Coming Back Alive [BKL Ag 01], describes a man's escape from a sinking fishing boat and his mental battle to stay alive for 27 hours in the deadly cold Gulf of Alaska Sea. Selections from oral histories by four native Alaskans round out the collection.
For thousands of years Alaska has called to us. The hardy souls who first answered that call endured bitter temperatures, maddening isolation, and often harrowing adventures for the privilege of living there, and many lost their lives in the process. From the earliest human explorers to Russian fur trappers, from Klondike gold seekers to today’s miners and oilmen, from Alaska’s native people to the millions of tourists who visit the state every year, people have come to Alaska to marvel at its beauty, rejoice in its riches, and measure themselves against its challenges. The wonder of Alaska, as well as its terrifying dangers, come to life in this anthology, featuring true adventures described by some of the best writers in the world, each hand picked by bestselling writer and Alaska aficionado Spike Walker. Alaska: Tales of Adventure from the Last Frontier will open your eyes and stir your soul as it celebrates the untamed beauty of Alaska.
Inside you will find unmatched tales of adventure by the following authors:
Roger A. Caras
Ann Mariah Cook