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In a far country : the true story of a mission, a marriage, a murder, and the remarkable reindeer rescue in 1898.

Author: John Taliaferro
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In the fall of 1897, eight whaling ships became trapped in the ice on Alaska's northern coast. Without relief, two hundred whalers would surely starve to death by winter's end. Mercifully, an extraordinary missionary, Tom Lopp, and seven Eskimo herders embarked on a harrowing journey to save the ice-imprisoned whalers, driving four hundred reindeer more than seven hundred untracked miles. The trek was unprecedented
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: William Thomas Lopp; Ellen Louise Kittredge Lopp; Ellen Louise Kittredge Lopp; William Thomas Lopp
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Taliaferro
ISBN: 9781586482213 1586482211
OCLC Number: 768487285
Description: 400 p., [8] p. of plates :$bill, ports, map ;$c24 cm.
Responsibility: John Taliaferro.
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"In the fall of 1897, eight whaling ships became trapped in the ice on Alaska's northern coast. Without relief, two hundred whalers would surely starve to death by winter's end. Mercifully, an extraordinary missionary, Tom Lopp, and seven Eskimo herders embarked on a harrowing journey to save the ice-imprisoned whalers, driving four hundred reindeer more than seven hundred untracked miles. The trek was unprecedented and epically heroic."

"At the heart of the rescue expedition lies another, in some ways more compelling, journey. In a Far Country is the personal odyssey of Tom and Ellen Lopp - their commitment to the natives and the rugged but happy life they built for themselves amid a treeless tundra at the top of the world. The Lopps pulled through on grit and wits, on humility and humor, on trust and love, and by the grace of God. Their accomplishment would surely have received broader acclaim had it not been eclipsed by two simultaneous events: the Spanish-American War and the Alaska gold rush. The United States and its territories were transformed abruptly and irrevocably by these fits of expansionist fever, and despite the thoughtful, determined guidance of the Lopps, the natives of the North were soon overwhelmed by a force mightier than the fiercest Arctic winter: the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.

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