I loved this. It came to me in the winter, just during the holidays when, because of events in my life it is a dark time.
This book swept me away to Alaska and not Ms. Palin's Alaska but the AK of the first major Federal incursion.
People three generations on the land were dispossessed.
From going into the wilderness and staking a claim, building a cabin it went to where you could not buy a fifty foot BUILDING LOT.
Great book to let your mind escape! John McPhee travels across Alaska and describes the people he meets along the way.
Geologist John McPhee explores Alaska.
A good reflection of AK, good to read before visiting.
Many good reflections of life in AK.
McPhee's in-depth study of Alaska and the Alaskans, centered around an aborted effort to study the removal of the capitol from Juneau to some small place close to Anchorage. McPhee is an exceptional journalist and one of our best writers; his speciality is in taking relatively obscure topics that catch his attention ("So - where do oranges come from?") and exploring them in detail. Many of his books describe the American Landscape: Place and Environment. As were all of McPhee's books, this one first appeared in The New Yorker, this one in about 1976. McPhee explores the geography and the people of the Great Land and its history. A classic of reportage; a necessity for scholars of Alaska.