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Residents of the Lower 48 sometimes imagine Alaska as a snow-covered land of igloos, oil pipelines, and polar bears. But Alaska is far more complex geographically, culturally, ecologically, and politically than most Americans know, and few writers are as capable of capturing this complexity as John McPhee. In Coming into the Country, McPhee describes his travels through much of the state with bush pilots, prospectors, and settlers, as well as politicians and businesspeople who have their eyes set on a very different future for the state.
It is a reviewer's greatest pleasure to ring the gong for a species of masterpiece. (Edward Hoagland, The New York Times Book Review)
Justly celebrated…By showing us what Alaska is like, McPhee reminds us of what we have become. (The Washington Post Book World)
What is really in view in Coming into the Country is a matter not usually met in works of reportage . . . nothing less than the nature Of the human condition. (Benjamin De Mott, The Atlantic Monthly)
McPhee has acted as an antenna in a far-off place that few will see. He has brought back a wholly satisfying voyage of spirit and mind. (Paul Grey, Time)
With this book McPhee proves to be the most versatile journalist in America. (Editor's Choice, The New York Times)
McPhee is an excellent story teller. A combination of history, geography, social exploration, and multiple biographies. Read morePublished 19 days ago by E. C. Smith
Writing is fantastic. Very enjoyable writing. I enjoyed his descriptions of people and places. Stories are interesting, but dated. They don't reflect today.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Alaska is a large area full of diverse people who are sometimes a challenge to understand. But that is why they do not live near their neighbors.Published 1 month ago by Helen Williams
Classic John McPhee, never was particularly interested in Alaska but after reading Annals of a Former World, I knew anything by the author was intriguing. And I was right. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Mattingly
It is a wonderful, engaging book. I already knew somethings about Alaska; now, I know a lot more.
I recommend this book whole hardheartedly!!
Probably the only McPhee book I haven't read. I love the way he connects disparate items into a coherent story and theme. Can't wait to dive in.Published 2 months ago by Creekside
Fantastic writing on Alaska's early days of statehood and development.Published 3 months ago by Phillip M. Nazaroff