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Alaska

Author: James A Michener
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1988.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bookplates (Provenance)
Authors' presentation inscriptions (Provenance)
Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997.
Alaska.
New York : Random House, c1988
(OCoLC)568755295
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James A Michener
ISBN: 0394569814 9780394569819 0394551540 9780394551548 1582881405 9781582881409
OCLC Number: 17441704
Notes: The maps are on lining papers.
"Of the first edition ... one thousand copies have been specially bound. These books are signed by the author and numbered 1 to 1000"--Prelim. p. [1].
LC copy, deposited for copyright, is specially bound, but unsigned, unnumbered.
Library Rare Books copy includes a tipped in photo of the author and a presentation inscription on the title page.
Description: [2], x, [2], 868 p. : 2 col. maps ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: James A. Michener.
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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.

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