Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land

Paperback | January 20, 2004

byWalter R. Borneman

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The history of Alaska is filled with stories of new land and new riches -- and ever present are new people with competing views over how the valuable resources should be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire; explorers checking rival advances; prospectors stampeding to the clarion call of "Gold!"; soldiers battling out a decisive chapter in world war; oil wildcatters looking for a different kind of mineral wealth; and always at the core of these disputes is the question of how the land is to be used and by whom.

While some want Alaska to remain static, others are in the vanguard of change. Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land shows that there are no easy answers on either side and that Alaska will always be crossing the next frontier.

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The history of Alaska is filled with stories of new land and new riches -- and ever present are new people with competing views over how the valuable resources should be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire; explorers checking rival advances; prospectors stampeding to the clarion call of "Gold!"; soldiers battling out a decisive chap...

The history of Alaska is filled with stories of new land and new riches -- and ever present are new people with competing views over how the valuable resources should be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire; explorers checking rival advances; prospectors stampeding to the clarion call of "Gold!"; soldiers battling out a decisive chap...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.03 inPublished:January 20, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060503076

ISBN - 13:9780060503079

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“A panoramic history of Alaska, encyclopedic but as handy as a guidebook, from western historian Borneman....[Borneman’s] particularly happy when he gets his teeth into a good tale, and Alaska is full of them:the splendid ones, like the Idiatrod and the salmon runs and the bush pilots; the unavoidable, such as the earthquake of 1964; and the plain bad, like Exxon Valdez....A sensitive background to the 49th state, capably finessing conflicts, then shifting gears to take the narrative off on a pleasing storytelling spin.” (Kirkus Reviews)