By Walter R. Borneman
The historical past of Alaska is stuffed with tales of latest land and new riches -- and ever current are new individuals with competing perspectives over how those assets will be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire; explorers checking rival advances; prospectors stampeding to the clarion name of "Gold!"; squaddies scuffling with out a decisive bankruptcy in international struggle; oil wildcatters trying to find a unique form of mineral wealth; and continuously on the center of those disputes is the query of ways the land is for use and through whom.Major topics comprise Alaska Natives, exploration and hiking, 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 are not any effortless solutions on each side and that Alaska will regularly be crossing the following 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