Alaska - Local History
Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier
Tip of the Iceberg
My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier
Paperback      ISBN: 1101985127
Recounts the author's effort to retrace the historic 1899 Harriman Expedition around Alaska by using the state's public ferry system, and discusses how the lessons learned on the 1899 journey relate to Alaska's current environmental situation.
One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
One Man's Wilderness
An Alaskan Odyssey
Paperback      ISBN: 0882405136
Shares the experience of living alone in the Alaskan wilderness
The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960
The Quiet World
Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960
Paperback      ISBN: 0062005979
The Quiet World is an epic history of the grassroots activists and artists who, with the U.S. federal government, saved vast reaches of wild Alaska from 1879 to 1960. Beginning with naturalist John Muir, who explored the towering glaciers of the Inside Passage, and ending with President Dwight Eisenhower, who created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Brinkley showcases how extraction industry bigwigs were outfoxed by a colorful gallery of “wilderness believers,” including Bull Moose presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt, indomitable U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, photographer Ansel Adams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Rachel Carson, and many others. Brinkley also details conservationists’ inspiration to protect Alaska’s natural resources for future generations and tells incredible stories of its wildlife. The Quiet World is an ode to the great Alaskan outdoors, and as we grapple with the perils of global warming and oil spills, it is essential reading.
Leaving Alaska
Leaving Alaska
Hardcover      ISBN: 0871134764
An up-to-date exploration of the environmental problems and the symbolic importance of Alaska avoids easy polemics, taking into consideration the views of preservationists and oilmen, loggers and native Americans, and intimately showing America's last great frontier. Tour.
Alaska: A History
Alaska
A History
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0806146664
Lifting a broad view of Alaska’s history out of the rich written record, Naske presents a narrative account of major developments from early times to the present with a multitude of illustrations, which depicts a state of great diversity of land, people, and economy. There are 26 chapters divided into five parts: the great land and its native people; Russian Alaska; U.S. Territorial Alaska; the State of Alaska; modern Alaska. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Arctic Homestead: The True Story of One Family's Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds
Arctic Homestead
The True Story of One Family's Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds
Paperback      ISBN: 0312283792
A chronicle of a family's efforts to build a home near the Arctic Circle in Alaska depicts their moving discovery of love and courage in a land of modern-day outlaws, feuds, grizzly bears and unbelievably harsh winters. Reprint.
Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community
Beyond Mile Zero
The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community
Paperback      ISBN: 1550177974
In 1942, the west coast of North America was under threat after the attack on Pearl Harbor, prompting the US government to build a military road from Dawson Creek, BC, to Delta Junction, AK. Renowned as a driving challenge and for its remote scenic beauty, the Alaska Highway opened to the public in 1948. It was the beginning of the golden age of the automobile. Silvertip, Swift River, Silver Dollar, Krak-R-Krik, Chickaloon and other quaint and quirky establishments sprang up along the highway, offering travellers coffee, gas, conversation and a place to spend the night. During the roadhouse heyday, owners and employees lived on the frontier and earned good wages. Some were looking for a life-long commitment and a place to raise a family, others relished the isolation. Aside from truckers, today most people travel the Alaska Highway in fuel-efficient cars and self-sufficient RVs--the demand for lodge services has diminished and the businesses struggle to survive. Since December 2014, Yukoners Gontard and Kelly have been visiting operating and abandoned lodges, recording the unique culture of the Alaska Highway before it disappears completely. The book includes the recollections of Gay Frocklage, whose parents, Doris and Bud Simpson, ran one of the oldest roadhouses on the highway, Mile 716 Rancheria Lodge, Yukon; and Bud and Pam Johnson, who met at the Mile 1318 Tok Lodge, Alaska, were married six months later and ran the lodge for three decades; as well as Ross Peck whose parents, Don and Alene Peck, operated Mile 200 Trutch Lodge, BC, as a highway lodge and hunting outfitting base from 1950-1963. Featuring both archival and contemporary photographs, Beyond Mile Zero explores the evolution of Alaska Highway culture and will be of interest to locals and travellers alike.
Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
Defiant Spirits
The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
Paperback      ISBN: 1553658825
Beginning in 1912, Defiant Spirits traces the artistic development of Tom Thomson and the future members of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley, over a dozen years in Canadian history. Working in an eclectic and sometimes controversial blend of modernist styles, they produced what an English critic celebrated in the 1920s as the “most vital group of paintings” of the 20th century. Inspired by Cézanne, Van Gogh and other modernist artists, they tried to interpret the Ontario landscape in light of the strategies of the international avant-garde. Based after 1914 in the purpose-built Studio Building for Canadian Art, the young artists embarked on what Lawren Harris called “an all-engrossing adventure”: travelling north into the anadian Shield and forging a style of painting appropriate to what they regarded as the unique features of Canada’s northern landscape. Sumptuously illustrated, rigorously researched and drawn from archival documents and letters, Defiant Spirits constitutes a “group biography,” reconstructing the men’s aspirations, frustrations and achievements. It details not only the lives of Tom Thomson and the members of the Group of Seven but also the political and social history of Canada during a time when art exhibitions were venues for debates about Canadian national identity and cultural worth.
Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak
Denali's Howl
The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak
Paperback      ISBN: 0142181951
"Denali's Howl is the white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time. In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley-known to the locals as Denali-one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali's Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: At an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet, these young men endured an "arctic super blizzard," with howling winds of up to 300 miles an hour and windchill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today. As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denali's Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them-Hall's father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?"--
Fifty Years Below Zero: A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North
Fifty Years Below Zero
A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North
Paperback      ISBN: 0912006684
Fifty Years Below Zero is an engrossing account by Charles Brower, the "King of the Arctic," of his life in the north. Brower shares his knowledge of whaling, pioneering, and Alaska Native life and customs before statehood, chronicling a period of important and rapid change in Alaska history with insight and humor. His story is also full of high adventure and rich with details about the many visitors who became his friends--explorers, whalers, traders, and missionaries. This volume is an excellent companion to the oral biography of Harry Brower, Jr., the son of Charles Brower, entitled The Whales, They Give Themselves (University of Alaska Press 2004).