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Fifty Years Below Zero: A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North

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Fifty Years Below Zero is an engrossing account by Charles Brower, the "King of the Arctic," of his life in the north. Brower shares his knowledge of whaling, pioneering, and Alaska Native life and customs before statehood, chronicling a period of important and rapid change in Alaska history with insight and humor. His story is also full of high adventure and rich with details about the many visitors who became his friends--explorers, whalers, traders, and missionaries. This volume is an excellent companion to ...

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Overview

Fifty Years Below Zero is an engrossing account by Charles Brower, the "King of the Arctic," of his life in the north. Brower shares his knowledge of whaling, pioneering, and Alaska Native life and customs before statehood, chronicling a period of important and rapid change in Alaska history with insight and humor. His story is also full of high adventure and rich with details about the many visitors who became his friends--explorers, whalers, traders, and missionaries. This volume is an excellent companion to the oral biography of Harry Brower, Jr., the son of Charles Brower, entitled The Whales, They Give Themselves (University of Alaska Press 2004).

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Reprint, with a new preface, of a widely read account first published in 1942 (Dodd, Mead and Company)--and subsequently reprinted at least 19 times by the original New York publisher over a period of 40 years. The author arrived in Barrow in 1886, and a planned two-year stay lasted for nearly 60 years. He was the first non-Native--and for years the only one--to live year-round with the Inupiaq on the Arctic coast of Alaska, learning their language and customs and marrying into the community. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781258861100
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/27/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles Brower, the "King of the Arctic," was born in New York City in 1863. At the age of twenty, he was invited to join a small party to investigate coal mining possibilities near Cape Lisburne, Alaska, on the Arctic Ocean. Attracted by the lure of wide horizons and far places, he accepted the invitation. Except for occasional visits "Outside," Brower remained within the Arctic Circle for the rest of his life, living and working at Point Barrow, Alaska, where he died in 1945.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Preface to the 1994 Edition
     Terrence Cole
Introduction
     Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Prolog
Chapters I-LV
Epilogue
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    All Truth With Complete Accuracy

    Charles D. Brower was my grandfather's cousin and I grew up hearing the stories of Mr. Brower's accomplishments in the Barrow, Alaska area. I have a copy of this book that was printed MANY years ago and is autographed by the author. This book is a complete, factual account of the years Charles Brower spent there and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Alaska and the Eskimos.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Fifty Years Below Zero

    This book is absolutely fascinating. It is exciting to hear reviews from other relatives of Charles D. Brower. CDB was my grandfather. This book documents the early 1900 Inupiaq lifestyle along with the whaling activities of that time. I understand that the unedited version has much more documentation of the Inupiaq people.

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