Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg

My 3,000-mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier

eBook - 2017
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**The National Bestseller**

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu , a fascinating, wild, and wonder-filled journey into Alaska, America's last frontier

In 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury "floating university," populated by some of America's best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir. Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. More than a hundred years later, Alaska is still America's most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws one million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and as a natural resources larder waiting to be raided. As ever, it remains a magnet for weirdos and dreamers.

Armed with Dramamine and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition. Traveling town to town by water, Adams ventures three thousand miles north through Wrangell, Juneau, and Glacier Bay, then continues west into the colder and stranger regions of the Aleutians and the Arctic Circle. Along the way, he encounters dozens of unusual characters (and a couple of very hungry bears) and investigates how lessons learned in 1899 might relate to Alaska's current struggles in adapting to the pressures of a changing climate and world.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
ISBN: 9781101985113
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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carolinamom
Apr 01, 2019

At first I had trouble with the back and forth between the expedition in 1899 and current day, but eventually got into the flow and just held on for the ride. The author takes us along to meet all sorts of interesting people. I won't remember them all but I learned a lot about the history and culture, which is exactly what I wanted from this book. It definitely deepened my appreciation for the conservation movement that was started long before I realized.

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lilypad_1
Sep 03, 2018

I would think that anyone who has traveled to Alaska or who wants to would enjoy this book. Also, anyone interested in conservation of our natural resources, the establishment of the Sierra Club, Mr. Muir, how climate change is affecting our planet, the gold rush(es), would also enjoy this book. I found the narrative of the trip in the late 1800's to be the most interesting part but the author's recent trip and the comparison was interested too. Thumbs up!

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