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Alaska by James A. Michener

The high points in the story of Alaska since the American acquisition are brought vividly to life through more than 100 characters, real and fictional.

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In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska’s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present.

As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska’s story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II.

A spellbinding portrait of a human community fighting to establish its place in the world, Alaska traces a bold and majestic saga of the enduring spirit of a land and its people.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Alaska by James A. Michener

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another winning walk through history. I just love this history coming alive type series.

I listened via audiobook, narrated by Larry McKeever, amazing as always, well-paced, deep resonance that is easy to listen to. At over 57 hours, audio seemed the way to go over the last several months. A good book to listen to while traveling. I enjoyed it at 1.25 speed.

I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the development of Alaska, especially those who may be intimated by nonfiction.

The Story
Starting with geography, tetonic plates that will one day merge L.A. with Alaska at the rate of 2” per year.

He takes the more social aspects and turns them into palatable stories with dialogue, much of the implications centered on intent to bring morality to a corrupted land. An interesting course of events. Included the purchase value, Alaska Purchase Treaty, the many name changes Alaska has undergone, achieving statehood, salmon industry, breeding the dog to domestication, the waiting for urine to thaw. All sorts of occurrences I was less aware of.

The Writing
Nothing hidden, nothing not up for discussion, written as is was, all its honest glory. I loved the descriptions of people, the straightforward tell it like it is, love stories with what would have been customary at the time, loss, hope, great perspective.

I will look forward to reading the whole collection in time.

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