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Pilgrim's wilderness : a true story of faith and madness on the Alaska frontier

Author: Tom Kizzia
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Papa Pilgrim, his wife, and their fifteen children appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy, their new neighbors saw them as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal. But behind the family's proud piety and beautiful old-timey music lay Pilgrim's dark past: his strange connection to the Kennedy assassination and a trail of chaos and anguish that followed him from Dallas and New Mexico.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Robert Hale; Robert Hale; Robert Hale
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Kizzia
ISBN: 0307587835 9780307587831
OCLC Number: 861323159
Description: xxiv, 309 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Tom Kizzia.

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When Papa Pilgrim, his wife, and their fifteen children appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy, their new neighbors saw them as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal. But behind the family's proud piety and beautiful old-timey music lay Pilgrim's dark past: his strange connection to the Kennedy assassination and a trail of chaos and anguish that followed him from Dallas and New Mexico. Pilgrim soon sparked a tense confrontation with the National Park Service, fiercely dividing the community over where a citizen's rights end and the government's power begins. As the battle grew more intense, the turmoil in his brood made it increasingly difficult to tell whether his children were messianic followers or hostages in desperate need of rescue. -- Unedited summary from the book.

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