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Publisher's Summary

Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature—tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.
©1977 John McPhee (P)1990 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 10-30-11

Welcome to Alaska

In my opinion, and that of several Alaskans I have spoken with, this is the best book on contemporary Alaska. I have read it twice, and listened to it two more times. It is one of my favorite John McPhee titles. McPhee is arguably one of the most readable essayists in contemporary literature. Each of his books is a treasure, Coming into the Country being one of his finest works.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne T. Windle on 05-04-18

The truth about Alaska

Excellent. Having been to Alaska a few years ago, this book reflected what I experienced there, although it was written many years before my trip. Characters abound, the landscape is literally out of this world as we know it in the 48 contiguous states, and the US government should treat it as the last frontier that it is, and leave the people who want to and are able to survive there the hell alone.

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