In an epic of sudden wealth, social turmoil, and environmental trauma, a Pulitzer Prize winner captures the plight of Alaska's Native peoples, vividly recreates the engineering feats that built the pipeline, and records a veritable catalogue of corruption and devastating greed.In an epic of sudden wealth, social turmoil, and environmental trauma, a Pulitzer Prize winner captures the plight of Alaska's Native peoples, vividly recreates the engineering feats that built the pipeline, and records a veritable catalogue of corruption and devastating greed.Read Less
New. Signed by author. SHIP DAILY from NJ; GIFT-ABLE as NEW SIGNED BY AUTHOR LATER RE-ISSUE, GLOSSY, fresh, NEW (subtle rub from shelf life, no sign of use) AS SHOWN THIS COVER. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 286 p. Audience: General/trade. 9612 9612--SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page with Best Wishes. Review: I wish I read read this book BEFORE I made a recent trip to Alaska. Then, I would have understood more about the reasons that I saw some of the strange things that I did see up there. The reason that I purchased the book is because I met one of the Alaskans who was portrayed in this book by the author. Her account of life on the pipeline was very much in line with the author's account as I read a copy of the book at a B&B, the Aurora Express in Fairbanks, Alaska. Strohmeyer explains how the state operated in frontier and pioneer mode as a territory when strong willed individuals were able to execute land grabs, mineral rights claims, and to carve roads, drill, mine and fish and market hunt with impunity. This attitude carried forth into statehood and much of the progress in Alaska was driven by personal interest, corporate interests and greed with not necessarily the best stewardship for the land and its long term forestry and fishery interests. Whole species were exploited to near extinction or close to a barely sustainable level. Statehood and the Prudhoe Bay oil discovery created a new form of gold rush with many of the emotions of old played out upon a new stage. The author shares how the Native Indian Alaskans were able to capture a larger share of the economy and the land thanks to making a treaty in modern times. The book will shock you with its examples of what elected officials and big business were capable to achieve in a less regulated area of the USA. The same greedy nature of American Businessmen and Politicos likely played a role in the recent takedown of our financial system and resulted in a self serving bailout of Wall Street. Human greed in the raw. How every single Alaskan shares in the "Permanent Fund", oil tax revenue that the State doles out much like a Middle Eastern Oil Nation. Waste and corruption to spare. The book will make you a bit angry. [reader review]
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