Alaska Summary

In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska’s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present. As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska’s story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II. A spellbinding portrait of a human community fighting to establish its place in the world, Alaskatraces a bold and majestic saga of the enduring spirit of a land and its people.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii.
Praise for Alaska
“Few will escape the allure of the land and people [Michener] describes. . . . Alaskatakes the reader on a journey through one of the bleakest, richest, most foreboding, and highly inviting territories in our Republic, if not the world. . . . The characters that Michener creates are bigger than life.”Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Always the master of exhaustive historical research, Michener tracks the settling of Alaska [in] vividly detailed scenes and well-developed characters.”Boston Herald
“Michener is still, sentence for sentence, writing’s fastest attention grabber.”The New York Times

Book Reviews

Ambra Watkins

A Sweeping Epic5 star

Michener takes the reader from the native tribes’ ancient trek from Siberia to modern day Alaska in a compelling and sweeping epic tale. He artfully moves through phases of history including Alaska as a territory, the gold rush, the rise of the salmon industry, and World War II, connecting characters and emphasizing the struggle of Eskimos and Indians to retain their culture despite the odds. Beautifully done!55


Alaska5 star

Love this book. He starts from the beginning of the land itself. Follows the men, tribes, nations, creatures, forces of nature. Good, bad, all together in a vast scope of history in a vast land. Details and information all presented by an author of great ability.55

Sal Iodice

Alaska5 star

I loved this book. However, the last paragraph was a very sad surprise, while it was an achievement it was a sad ending.55


Astounding story-telling5 star

Anyone who takes an Alaskan cruise would seriously enjoy this book, as it tells the history of all the places you stop to see. It is a fascinating history of Alaska, brought to life as only Michener can with fictional characters in an historical setting. It is an extremely long book but I never tired of reading it and was sad when it finished. I can easily give this book my highest recommendation. I now want to go back to see Alaska again. James Michener: master writer and storyteller!55


Alaska5 star

A great read. It made my trip to Alaska even more interesting.55

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