By Walter R. Borneman
The heritage of Alaska is full of tales of recent land and new riches -- and ever current are new individuals with competing perspectives over how those assets might be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire; explorers checking rival advances; prospectors stampeding to the clarion name of "Gold!"; squaddies struggling with out a decisive bankruptcy in international struggle; oil wildcatters searching for a special type of mineral wealth; and regularly on the center of those disputes is the query of ways the land is for use and by way of whom.Major topics comprise Alaska Natives, exploration and climbing, mining rushes, railroads and aviation, army operations, and the clash pitting conservation opposed to improvement, with a focus at the present debate over oil drilling in ANWR.Some wish Alaska to stay static, others are within the leading edge of switch. Alaska: Saga of a daring Land exhibits that there aren't any effortless solutions on each side and that Alaska will continuously be crossing the subsequent frontier.
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Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land--From Russian Fur Traders to the Gold Rush, Extraordinary Railroads, World War II, the Oil Boom, and the Fight Over ANWR by Walter R. Borneman