A story of man against the elements, struggling to survive. This novel tells of explorers, Russian and American, struggling through an ice-bound world, contesting the colonization of an increasingly precious territory, exploiting Alaska's valuable resources.A story of man against the elements, struggling to survive. This novel tells of explorers, Russian and American, struggling through an ice-bound world, contesting the colonization of an increasingly precious territory, exploiting Alaska's valuable resources.Read Less
Fair. Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
Very good. No dust jacket as issued. condition very good+. minor bumped boards/text clean+, sq., tight, solid. glossy, little edge wear/spine reader wear. a nice copy. fast shipping. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 1088 p. Audience: General/trade.
Fair. Size: wb36023; Heavy bending on the front cover. Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick res.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Random House Stated First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover Book and Jacket in Very Good Condition. Very clean and unmarked gold cloth with mountains in bronze foil, lettering and design on spine in bronze foil. Very attractive hardcover book. Spine head has wrinkle. Tight and solid, with endbands intact. Some darkish markings on text block fore edge. Endpapers with map of Alaska and the Yukon and Northwest Territory, in greens/browns. Rear endpapers map of the Artic Circle and surrounding countries. Pages are very clean and unmarked. Clean, glossy, and unmarked black and red jacket with gold title has light edgewear, a small ship on back flap fold, light crease down the rear side. Mylar protective cover. Michener's first great historical novel, Hawaii, honored the entry of our fiftieth state into the Union in 1959. Almost thirty years later his subject is the 49th state, Alaska. The exciting high points are of the story of the American acquisition--the gold rush over the Chilkoot Pass or up the Yukon to Dawson, Canada; the growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the dicovery of oil and all the impl; ications; the difficult construction over permafrost--and so much more, especially of the people involved. Michener is a master of this type of literary, historical fiction. New York: Random House, 1988 First Edition, First Printing. 6.25" x 9.5" tall; x, 868pp.
Good+ in Good+ dust jacket. 8vo. 0394551540. First Edition/First Printing in Good+ condition with loose spine, soiled page edges, and blind stamps to front free end paper and half title page in alike dust-jacket with blind stamp to front flap and heavy edge wear with several small closed tears; A novel about the development of Alaska and surrounding islands over thousands of years.
Everyone interested in the history of Alaska...this is a must read.
May 17, 2007
James Michener is very descriptive in all of his books. I am truly sad when I finish a book. I feel that I am leaving friends behind. He not only describes the location but the personalities that lived through the ages in the location of each book. I have never visited Alaska but I believe I have seen it through his eyes. It is possibly the next best thing to being there.
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