North to Wolf Country: My Life Among the Creatures of Alaska

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In a rich, beautifully written memoir, James W. Brooks recalls astonishing adventures of his youth when he lived on the land in the final days of the Territory of Alaska and later became a wildlife biologist and helped write and enforce fish and games laws for the new State of Alaska.

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Overview

In a rich, beautifully written memoir, James W. Brooks recalls astonishing adventures of his youth when he lived on the land in the final days of the Territory of Alaska and later became a wildlife biologist and helped write and enforce fish and games laws for the new State of Alaska.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972494441
  • Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,415,171

Meet the Author

James W. Brooks left his boyhood home in Michigan and made his way to Alaska as a seventeen-year-old in 1940. Here he found a new world that offered occupations suited to an adventurous young man: fisherman, railroad worker, Caterpillar operator, trapper, musher, wartime flyer, walrus researcher, bush pilot, whale biologist. He led the Territory of Alaska's wildlife management program into the era of statehood and later served as commissioner of the state Department of Fish and Game. Brooks published numerous scientific and popular articles on Alaska's living resources. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, the University of Alaska, in 1989.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgments 11
Maps 12
1. Hobo Days 15
2. Growing Up in Detroit 25
3. Alaska Boy 35
4. A Desperate Move 47
5. High-liner 55
6. Gandy Dancer and Grease Monkey 63
7. An Idea Comes to Life 71
8. Into the Wilderness 79
9. Bush Winter 95
10. Fairbanks 115
11. Army Pilot 127
12. Romance and Other Adventures 139
13. The Eskimo Way 153
14. Medicine Man 173
15. Flying with the Birds 197
16. With the Walrus Hunters 205
17. Walrus Islands 217
18. Whale-catcher 225
19. The Hunt 235
20. Dynamite 245
21. Roar of the Lions 255
22. The 49th Star 265
23. I Become a Bureaucrat 273
24. On Thin Ice 283
25. Tightrope Walking 295
26. In the Zone 309
27. Bad Wolf, Good Wolf 315
28. Home 323
Index 331
About the Author 336
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