A SEARCH FOR THE ESSENCE OF ALASKA
This is the fourth edition of a
work that always has been
controversial in Alaska. Yet, it is
an important and highly readable
classic work that captures a
portrait frozen in time of a raw
state in turmoil during the oil
boom. McGinnis went north to find
out if there was anything left of
the "last frontier." He found
"mind-bending contradictions," as a
previous publisher put it--greed,
waste, addictions, and racism,
among other things, that contrasted
with an awesome untamed natural
beauty and an honest, open, and
independent spirit of the people.
Joe McGinniss did not set out to judge
or explain, but only to find out what
Alaska is. He has succeeded.
--New York Times
Wonderfully ironic and perceptive!
--San Francisco Chronicle
reporting at its finest.
--Christian Science Monitor
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joe McGinniss
started his career in journalism at
the Worcester Telegram,
Philadelphia Inquirer, and LA
Herald-Examiner before becoming an
overnight success with his first
book, "The Selling of the
President," which landed him on the
NY Times bestseller list at age 26.
He went on to write 10 more books,
several of them bestsellers, and he
currently is working on a book
tentatively titled, "Sarah Palin's
Year of Living Dangerously," to be
published in 2011 by
Broadway/Random House. He has five
children and, at last count, seven
grandchildren. McGinniss lives in
Massachusetts with his partner, the
writer and editor Nancy Doherty.