One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

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This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.  To live in a pristine land unchanged by man . . . to roam a wilderness through which few other humans has passed . . . to choose an idyllic site, cut trees by hand, and build a log cabin. . . to be self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available...to be not at odds with the world,...

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Overview

This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.  To live in a pristine land unchanged by man . . . to roam a wilderness through which few other humans has passed . . . to choose an idyllic site, cut trees by hand, and build a log cabin. . . to be self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available...to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts, dreams and company.   Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a moving account of the day-to-day explorations and activities Dick carried out alone....alone in the wilderness...and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company.

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"[Proenneke's] journals froms the text of this handsome book, and his parkling color slides illustrate it with a beauty that tugs at your heart and sets your heels to itching just a little. You owe yourself the pleasure of this book." —-Biloxi Sun Hearld
Alan L. White
Readers who are interested in detailed information on cabin building, or just want to dream about living in a place far beyond home, will enjoy this book.
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Library Journal
This book made a big splash when it debuted in 1973. Keith based the text on the journals and photography of Richard Proenneke, who, after racking up years of 50-hour work weeks, did what many of us only fantasize about: he chucked it all and went to live in the woods. Now in his 80s, Proenneke still abides in the log cabin he built with his own hands and has become an icon for naturalists. Though few will follow Proenneke's lead, his story can be quite inspiring. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Reprint of the 1973 edition of life in the Twin Lakes area 170 miles west of Anchorage. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882405131
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition number: 26
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 108,154
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Sam Keith was an American author whose most notable work was the 1973 bestseller One Man's Wilderness.

Richard Proenneke (1916–2003) was a naturalist who lived alone in the high mountains of Alaska making valuable recordings of both meteorological and natural data.

Norman Dietz, a writer, an actor, and a solo performer, has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    Lose Yourself Within the Pages

    Best book ever. Not only did Dick live within nature, he became part of it. He lives the way I wish we all would-respect for the land, taking only what he needed from it in order to survive and leaving only his footprints. DVD is good too...book is better.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Outstanding Book

    I am so inspired by this man's willingness and ability to live alone in the wilderness as he did. I seldom ever read a book more than once but I have to admit that I have read this one three times now--he brings remote Alaska into your living room with his detailed descriptions.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Great Read!

    One man¿s wilderness is great book about self potential and discovery. A man who has a dream and goes to reach it with success. For a man in his 50¿s to leave his job, family, and what he knows to build a cabin in Alaska and be self sufficient, I greatly admire Richard, I wish I could do what he did. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    An amzing read!

    After living in Alaska for over 5 years, and spending quite a bit of time in the Lake Clark region, this book enthralled me as much as my new home does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Wanna get away?

    Being someone who is allready sick and tired of the direction humanity is taking, reading this book simply propels my desire to leave it all behind. Dick P. is truely an inspiration to the hermit wannabe.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Timeless

    Reading Dick Proenneke's amazing decision to go to Alaska, build a cabin, and live with the land was awe inspiring. It's 41yrs later and Mr. Proenneke has been laid to rest. But reading this book brings him alive. It inspires one to reach past the yolk of our existence. He was a man among men and he really understood what is important. He gets that what we Want and what we Need are two different things.
    I love this book. I'll be keeping it for as long as I live.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    One Man's Wilderness

    If you are interested in what it would be like to make your life in the woods, build your own cabin, and have a life of solitude and communing with nature, this is a great book for you. Not so much a book, as a series of well thought out journal entries, the author doesn't wax poetic or get too philosophical. He simply tells it like it is. How to build a cabin, how he gathered food and spent his days. Although he's not a colorful nature writer like Edward Abbey or Aldo Leopold, he brings you into this wonderful place with him and makes you feel as though anybody with a desire to homestead could live the good life in Alaska. His simple candor is a refreshing change in a world full of overly wordy books for deep thinkers on the subject of communing with nature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    An inspirational escape to the wilderness

    If you have seen "Alone in the Wilderness" you will definitely enjoy this book. If you haven't seen any of the documentary movies, the book is enjoyable on it's own. It reads as a journal with a bit of humor sprinkled throughout.

    They way this man calmly dealt with the adverse conditions of the frozen North and built his own castle in the wilderness using nothing but hand tools and almost exclusively the materials he found on location is an inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

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    Enjoyable read, makes one dream about packing up, moving to the wilderness and leaving everything behind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Loved it

    Great read one that you will want to read over and over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Outstanding!

    An outstanding read! Engaging writing style, describing in first person an amazing odyssey by one man who chose a very different path later in life. Wilderness lovers will adore this book. Nook format is easy to read, handles well on the device. Pictures look great, too.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    One Great Read!!

    author puts you right there as he was going thru the wilderness...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2011

    Best Book

    This book was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    One of the best books I have ever read.

    This was one of the most inspiring stories of self sufficiency. This man was absolutely amazing. To actually do what he has done took much forethought and planning. He was brilliant in a way that I am envious of. Easy to read. It was like connecting with a good friend when I picked up the book. I am looking forward to reading the next one about this interesting man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2009

    Ok, Not Great

    The book was an informative and interesting account of a mans year in the Alaskan wilderness living off of the land and using natural materials to get what he needs. It's written as a daily log of the mans activities so it's interesting to read about his inginuity and ability to improvise but I didn't find the book very entertaining, informative/intersting, not entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

    A Great read for those long winter nights,,,

    Wonderful book,,,great way to live. Ohhhh that there were places like that now!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    Escape into Alaska

    To me it brings back the time I spent in Alaska. What a place! What a journey!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    best book i ever read

    awesome book, i admire what he did.one day maybe i'll do what he did.the book was so detailed with information,it makes you feel like your in the wilderness.i read the book up in the adirondack mts,and it made my trip that much better.thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    Totally Awesome!!

    If you like the outdoors and enjoy places untouched by modern civilization, you must read this book. I also saw the DVD and it was absolutley incredible. What a guy, and to have lived out his dreams in the wild...all of the things he endured, all the hard work - but what a payoff to live in such a place! I highly recommend reading this book and watching the DVD if possible. There is excellent footage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Cleaning the spirit

    It's a primal thing to return to the wild and make one's peace with it, live among it; there is a cleansing quality to such an endeavour, and it takes will and belief to make it happen. After a while, no matter how beautiful the view, isolation tends to send people on a sight-seeing tour of their soul. And that's what makes this book very worthwhile indeed. To see how far out there a person's mind can go, I highly recommend you check out IN THE GHOST COUNTRY, about a real-life journey to the bottom of the world in the company of ghosts. Awesome.

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