Wildest Alaska: Journeys of Great Peril in Lituya Bay

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"Twenty-five years ago Philip L. Fradkin read a book about a remote bay on the Gulf of Alaska coast. The noted environmental historian was attracted by the threads of violence woven through the natural and human histories of Lituya Bay. Could these histories be related, and if so, how? The attempt to define the power of this wild place led Fradkin on a tantalizing and, as it turned out, dangerous quest. This compelling and eerie memoir tells of his odyssey through recorded history and eventually to the bay iteslf, as he explores the dark and
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Overview

"Twenty-five years ago Philip L. Fradkin read a book about a remote bay on the Gulf of Alaska coast. The noted environmental historian was attracted by the threads of violence woven through the natural and human histories of Lituya Bay. Could these histories be related, and if so, how? The attempt to define the power of this wild place led Fradkin on a tantalizing and, as it turned out, dangerous quest. This compelling and eerie memoir tells of his odyssey through recorded history and eventually to the bay iteslf, as he explores the dark and unyielding side of nature."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
No other book about Alaska so thoroughly documents this strange, powerful corner of the Great Land and the haunted quality permeating many of its most beautiful landscapes.
Sunday Times of London
Fradkin tells the story with great charm, creating an image of a place that mixes curse with blessings. One must hope George W. Bush and his oil friends will find no reason to sully it.
Sunday Times of London
Fradkin tells the story with great charm, creating an image of a place that mixes curse with blessings. One must hope George W. Bush and his oil friends will find no reason to sully it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520239067
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip L. Fradkin is the author of nine acclaimed books on the American West, including A River No More (California, 1996), The Seven States of California (California, 1997), and Magnitude 8 (California, 1998). He shared a Pulitzer Prize at the Los Angeles Times and was the recipient of a media award from the Sierra Club.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
I. Beginnings
II. The Place
III. The Tlingits
IV. The French
V. The Russians
VI. The Americans
VII. The Wave
VIII. The Present
IX. Tomales Bay
Acknowledgments
Sources
Index
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