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The high points in the story of Alaska since the American acquisition are brought vividly to life through more than 100 characters, real and fictional. Another told-from-the-beginning-of-time Michener saga, this one featuring Alaska. The book begins a billion years ago. Its first characters are the mastadon and the woolly mammoth, followed by such other settlers as the Eskimos, Athapaskans, and Russians. Vignettes of characters as varied as the Danish navigator Vitus Bering, who explored Alaska for Russia's Peter the Great, and Kendra Scott, the young Colorado teacher who taught the Eskimo children during the recent Prudhoe Bay oil boom, illustrate the colorful history of this vast and exploited land. Early on the book is vintage Michener, but the momentum encounters an Arctic chill midway. Final sections are trite, uneven, and overloaded with stereotypes. Too cumbersome to be called fiction, but Michener fans will demand it anyway.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002, ©1998.
Edition: Random House Trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780375761423
Characteristics: x, 868 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,21 cm.


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Nov 30, 2016

Excellent book. Well worth the read.

ronarsenault Jul 23, 2014

A fabulous read. If you enjoyed this you have to check out the companion novel JOURNEY. In a true gentleman style, Michener gives due credit and accolades to our very own Pierre Burton. 5 stars

May 24, 2010

Absolutely excellent book. Informative, exciting, captivating.... another great Michener historical novel.

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