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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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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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By Janie on 10-21-17

Reader mispronounces many names

I'm from Alaska and was dismayed at all the mispronunciations for names and various words the author made. Is there no proofing before a story goes out?
The story itself was as captivating this reading as it was 34 years ago when I had just arrived in Alaska.

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