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Where the Sea Breaks Its Back: The Epic Story of Early Naturalist Georg Steller and the Russian Exploration of Alaska / Edition 2

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Author Corey Ford writes the classic and moving story of naturalist Georg Whlhelm Steller, who served on the 1741-42 Russian Alaska expedition with explorer Vitus Bering. Steller was one of Europe's foremost naturalists and the first to document the unique wildlife of the Alaskan coast. In the course of the voyage, Steller made his valuable discoveries and suffered, along with Bering and the cred of the ill-fated brig St. Peter, some of the most grueling experiences in the history of Arctic exploration. First published in 1966, Where the Sea Breaks Its Back was hailed as "among this country's greatest outdoor writing" by Field & Stream magazine, and today continues to enchant and enlighten the new generations of readers about this amazing and yet tragic expedition, and Georg Steller's significant discoveries as an early naturalist.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I consider this an extremely good book. My own copy is practically worn out." 

                 —-Farley Mowat, author of Never Cry Wolf  and renowned Canadian conservationist

"Basing his story on Steller's journals and other relevant material, Ford writes with authority and clarity, grace and truth."

                                                                                                                                                  —- The New York Times

"Adventure of a truly epic scale...."    —- The Chicago Tribune

A splendid account of the final voyage of explorer Vitus Bering and of the life of naturalist Georg Stellar (1709-1746), who accompanied Bering on his 1741 crossing into the uncharted North Pacific. Originally published in 1966 by Little, Brown. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882403946
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Ctr Pub Co
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 210,840
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Corey Ford (April 29, 1902 – July 27, 1969) was an American humorist, author, outdoorsman, and screenwriter.  Ford was an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.  He published thirty books and more than five hundred magazine articles, with a gregarious sense of humor, a love of dogs as well as the "underdogs." He was a member of the Algonquin Circle which included James Thurber, Robert Benchley, and Dorothy Parker. During Ford’s many trips to Alaska he met with Clarence Rhodes, Governor Gruening and Frank Dufresne, the first game commissioner of the Alaska Territory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - by Frank Dufresne; Part One: Volcanoes, Mummies, Sea Otters; Part Two: Steller; Part Three The Plunderers.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Awesome book. I am an avid reader of Alaskan books and this one

    Awesome book. I am an avid reader of Alaskan books and this one is at the top of my list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Alaska Extreme Survival At Its Best!

    The year was 1741. Cold, no roads, no bridges. Bering was a Danish captain hired to see if Russia and America were connected. They didn't even know that Alaska existed. Maps were messed up by a French map maker. Bering wanted to go, discover and then get back to Russia. Steller was a German naturalist - he wanted to take his time, smell the plants, study the animals, get to know 'the Americans'. Bering and Steller fought bitterly, ultimately resulting in the death of one of them. Most of the Russian sailors also died. They got shipwrecked on a deserted island. If you like ancient science, sailing when sailors were sailors, discovery, non-scientists ignoring scientists, the history of scurvy, ethnic conflict, this book is for you. A classic of cold sailing survival.

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