Spirit of the Wind: The Story of Alaska's George Attla, Legendary Sled Dog Sprint Champ

Spirit of the Wind: The Story of Alaska's George Attla, Legendary Sled Dog Sprint Champ

by Lew Freedman, Lewis Freedman


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This is the stirring biography of George Attla, the little-known Athabaskan Indian from the tiny Koyuk River villge of Huslia, Alaska, who limped to the starting line in the 1958 Fur Rendezvous World Championship sled dog race in Anchorge. Attla's record-setting victory shocked the mushing establishment and ushered in a new era of sled dog racing.

Over the next four decades, Attla and his village dogs captured more sprint championships than any other musher as he defended his titles repeatedly against better-financed teams from Alaska and the Lower 48 states.

Becoming a mushing legend wasn't easy. Years of Attla's boyhood were spent in hospital beds far from home. Finally returning to Huslia, his knee permanently fused as a result of cripping bone tuberculosis, Attla turned to dog mushing to escape alienation and anger.

Spirit of the Wind is an inspirational story you will not soon forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780945397939
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/27/2008
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 597,642
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Lew Freedman is a former Alaska resident who spent 17 years at the Anchorage Daily News as sports editor and columnist. The author of 58 books, Freedman is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in journalism and he earned a Master's degree from Alaska Pacific University. He currently resides in Indiana with his wife Debra. Among his Alaska titles are: the best-selling Iditarod Classics, More Iditarod Classics, Father of the Iditarod: The Life Of Joe Redington, Dangerous Steps, George Attla: The Legend of the Sled Dog Trail, Diamonds In The Rough, Iditarod Dreams, and Fishing For A Laugh. Freedman, who has also written for Alaska magazine and Alaska Newspapers, has won more than 250 journalism awards in his career and worked on the staffs of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Chicago Tribune, covering government, writing feature stories and sports stories. During his many years of living in Alaska, Freedman experienced numerous earthquakes, one as powerful as 7.2 on the Richter Scale. He considers Alaska to be as beautiful place as there is in the world and as special as when he first saw it in 1983. Freedman still makes regular visits to Alaska to fish, gaze at the mountains, and spend time with family.

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