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Stephen Haycox is a Professor of History at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the author of "Alaska: An American Colony." A resident of Anchorage for more than thirty years, he has written widely on culture, Native peoples, and law and politics in the history of Alaska, the American West, and the Canadian North.
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  • Series: Culture and Environment in the Pacific West
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870715364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870715365
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kay Park on March 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book encapsulates Alaska's history into a narrative that educates as well as illuminates the reader about the mythic and factual accounts comprising the State's evolution. Alaska, as portrayed in Frigid Embrace, is a state that has chosen to prostitute itself to the whims of Big Oil, with little thought given to environmental consequences. The author, an outspoken advocate of wilderness protection, openly denounces 'Outside' corporations who have wielded extraordinary influence over the state.
I appreciate the message the author is attempting to convey, but it is delivered with an underlying prejudice against the industries that have kept the state monetarily afloat, and subsequently dependent. An urban garbage dump was chosen for the cover, which is unsightly regardless of the state it inhabits. This graphic depiction of Alaska is atypical of the grandeur that still exists. I feel this is a deceptive tactic to mislead the reader and portray Alaska as a state that has become grossly despoiled by industrialized development.
Despite the bias, the author delivers an insightful perspective of the aftermath from decades of collisions between corporate wealth and a state with a unique cultural heritage and vulnerable environment. I recommend this historical overview of Alaska, and encourage readers to approach it with ample objectivity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Taygan on October 12, 2009
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Frigid Embrace is the book I recommend to newcomers interested in the environmental/industrial politics of Alaska. It's surprisingly short and concise for a history book, and does a great job covering the exploitation and preservation of the state's natural resources.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken on November 24, 2003
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This is a good overview of recent political history in Alaska. It covers the necessary basics of Alaska's recent political events without going into unecessary detail.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Myers on March 23, 2010
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I got the book in the time that it stated. The book was in good condition but was not informed that this book was something that a library didnt want anymore and it came to me with the librarys stickers still on it.
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