Alaska

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Master storyteller James Michener reveals Alaska in all its awesome, sweeping majesty. From the near-forgotten past, to the highly technological present, from self-defense to self-determination, here are the men and women who tried to tame the land, seize its bounty, and lay claim to the elusive spirit that holds native and visitor spellbound. A stirring portrait of a human community living on the edge of the world, ALASKA claims a bold heritage of survival against all odds.
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Overview

Master storyteller James Michener reveals Alaska in all its awesome, sweeping majesty. From the near-forgotten past, to the highly technological present, from self-defense to self-determination, here are the men and women who tried to tame the land, seize its bounty, and lay claim to the elusive spirit that holds native and visitor spellbound. A stirring portrait of a human community living on the edge of the world, ALASKA claims a bold heritage of survival against all odds.
"Michener has done a fine job....Few will escape the allure of the land and people he describes."
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVEIW

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

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“Few will escape the allure of the land and people [Michener] describes. . . . Alaska takes the reader on a journey through one of the bleakest, richest, most foreboding, and highly inviting territories in our Republic, if not the world. . . . The characters that Michener creates are bigger than life.”Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
“Always the master of exhaustive historical research, Michener tracks the settling of Alaska [in] vividly detailed scenes and well-developed characters.”Boston Herald
 
“Michener is still, sentence for sentence, writing’s fastest attention grabber.”The New York Times

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Another told-from-the-beginning-of-time Michener saga, this one featuring Alaska. The book begins a billion years ago. Its first characters are the mastadon and the woolly mammoth, followed by such other settlers as the Eskimos, Athapaskans, and Russians. Vignettes of characters as varied as the Danish navigator Vitus Bering, who explored Alaska for Russia's Peter the Great, and Kendra Scott, the young Colorado teacher who taught the Eskimo children during the recent Prudhoe Bay oil boom, illustrate the colorful history of this vast and exploited land. Early on the book is vintage Michener, but the momentum encounters an Arctic chill midway. Final sections are trite, uneven, and overloaded with stereotypes. Too cumbersome to be called fiction, but Michener fans will demand it anyway. Joan Hinkemeyer, Englewood P.L., Col.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449217269
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 1088
  • Sales rank: 79,541
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Biography

James Albert Michener is a Pulitzer prize-winning author reknowned for his historical epics. A prolific novelist and relentless researcher, Michener wrote over books. Despite his substantial commercial success, he was known to be a humble man and a was an active philanthropist. His many beloved works include Tales of the South Pacific, which was adapted for Broadway and film as South Pacific, Hawaii and The Source.

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Albert Michener (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1907
    1. Date of Death:
      October 16, 1997
    2. Place of Death:
      Austin, Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 1999

    An Absolute Classic

    Michener can write 1000+ pages and keep the book riveting the entire way through. His characters all have passions and dreams, they are not just drifting aimlessly through their lives. The natural scenery is also very vivid in Michener's books. Attention is also given to political, social, and ecological issues. Much to his credit, Michener does not use his book as a pulpit to spew out his own opinions. He writes as a journalist, telling things the way they are and letting the readers form their own conclusions.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    A book as spectacular as Alaska itself!

    I loved this book - if only I had read it before I visited Alaska. Even after, it provided extraordinary insights and added immeasurably to my Alaska experience. It allowed me to feel and more fully understand,especially, the ordeal of the Gold Rush. While reading, I kept thinking 'I was there! I saw that!' A beautifully told story, as well, with characters that were alive for me. As in 'Centennial,' I even had feelings for the prehistoric animals!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    Riveting Experience; a great book!

    Having just returned from a two week trip to Alaska, reading Michener's novel enriched the fantastic experience I had travelling (from Seward north to Barrow) in our 49th state. His description of the school in the North Slope was right on the money, my having spent time in Barrow with a teacher from there. Overall, from page one through 1000+, I have never enjoyed reading a book more that I did Alaska.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Fantastic Book

    I told a friend of mine that my husband and I were going on a cruise to Alaska and so she suggested that "Alaska" would be a good book to read before making the trip. And she was right! Although I would have loved the book even if I were not traveling there, it really gave a wonderful history of Alaska which was so helpful while touring this part of our country.

    It is a wonderful book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Random cat

    Nobody sai i could join in 30 minutes of me posting! Stojpaw you owe me!!!

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Hollypaw

    "Sure."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Silverflash

    She looked around. No.... she backed up into her brother. <p> nightslash grined. Hello little sister. Im just here to bring a kit home. He lashed and kicked and twisted. Landing powerful blows each time.<p>silverflash fell to the ground and screeched while nightslash landed more powerful blows <p>silverflash passed out.<p>nightslash dragged her away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Frozenfang and Cherrypaw

    Frozenfang pads over to the apperentice den. "Time to get up! We are going to explore the territories borders." She mewed to Cherrypaw.
    Cherrypaw got up excitedly. "Really?" She asked. Her green eyes were shining brightly.
    "Really. We might even have time to learn the hunters croucg. If you get out of your den now." She mewed while her pelt was shining in the sunlight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    The kit

    Good luck in starclan!!

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    Posted January 14, 2014

    BraveKit

    BraveKit hobbled in. She looked around.

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    Southernstar

    Nightpaw. He snarled. His swirls turned blood red. Then his eyes. He bit the bloodclans cat in the neck. Over his leave he had grown to the size of a dog. His mucles bulged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Alaska

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALASKA

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