This is the latest title in the "Building America Series". Detailed photographs and maps take the reader on a journey to build the Alaskan pipeline. From the fight to buy the land from the Native Alaskans to turning on the pumps, the reader is given rich detail in the text and in the photographs. The back pages include an index, glossary, timeline of events and rich source notes.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6This book updates previous books on the history of the pipeline to include the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 1989. Short chapters describe controversies surrounding the project, design challenges, and the actual construction. An appendix offers a list for further reading, source notes, and a helpful index. While the authors do not mention the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the controversy that surrounds that area as a possible new drilling site, the text refers to geologists searching for "as-yet-undiscovered sources of oil, as well as alternative sources of energy" as oil production on the North Slope declines. Full-color photos appear throughout this clear introduction.Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK