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A compelling true story about real heroes, some of whom were dogs. Whoever read it did a terrific job of not over-dramatizing. This book reinforced my gratitude to live in exactly the time and place that I do and not under the austere and dangerous conditions that so many people in the world live under. It'll make you appreciate your own life and, if you're like me, make you appreciate the brave souls who are willing to go to far greater lengths to help others than I think I could ever get myself to do. A super read, especially if you have a fondness for dogs.
If you've ever had any interest in the Iditarod Race, in dog mushing or in Alaska, you will love this book. Finally all the information on the 1925 race to save the "Children of Nome" is in one book. And besides describing the physical challenges and hardships of the mushers, the book educates about the politics behind flying vs. sledding. Every musher was a hero and faced terrible hardships and yet they all said they were just doing their job. And then they gave all the credit to their dogs! And even though Alaska was not yet a State, the book gives you a sense of pride in the American Spirit. The book was well-written, well-read, and well worth the time to listen.
This book was wonderful. It is the story of one of the greatest Alaskan journeys in history. I learned a tremendous amount from this book about Nome, diptheria, and dog teams, and I live in Alaska. The only downside is that the reader mispronounces some of the difficult Alaskan village names.
Very entertaining, especially so if you like dogs.
Enjoyed this race to the finish book. Lots of interesting background information about Alaksa and the hardship of the times. Easy listening!
Easy listening and with adverture. I really enjoyed it.
Exellent book. My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Gay Salisbury is the former associate publisher of Basic Books. She splits her time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and New York City.
Laney Salisbury, a Columbia Journalism School graduate, has reported from Africa, the Middle East, and New York. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.