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41. Yukon (Hello Canada Series)
42. An outline of the Canadian eastern
43. Faith of Fools: A Journal of the
44. Two Years in the Klondike and
45. The Nature of Gold: An Environmental
46. Schwatka's Last Search: The New
47. Hard drive to the Klondike : promoting
48. The Call of the Wild (Scribner

41. Yukon (Hello Canada Series)
by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Lyn Hancock
 Paperback: 72 Pages (1999-08-01)
list price: US$7.95
Isbn: 1550412639
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Introduces the province's geography, history, and people. ... Read more

42. An outline of the Canadian eastern Arctic: Its geography, peoples and problems
by J. Lewis Robinson
 Unknown Binding: 38 Pages (1944)

Asin: B0007JMKS4
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43. Faith of Fools: A Journal of the Klondike Gold Rush
by William Shape
Paperback: 95 Pages (1998-04)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$17.85
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Asin: 0874221609
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
I was floored by this book.It is diary of a group of men traveling to the yukon in search of gold.I was amazed at the things that they went through.In our relatively easy modren life, It is good to read about what extremes people would go through in the old days. To say that they had arough journey would be an understatement.I would recommend this to anyonewho wants to get afeel for what it must have been like to ber part of thegold rush in the Yukon territory. ... Read more

44. Two Years in the Klondike and Alaskan Gold Fields 1896-1898: A Thrilling Narrative of Life in the Gold Mines and Camps (Classic Reprint Series)
by William Haskell
Paperback: 578 Pages (1998-03-01)
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Asin: 1889963003
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"Woven around a detailed, frequently humorous narrative of the successes and failures of the author and his partner, the book offers insights into Klondike life ranging from practical advice on the techniques of cabin and boat building to observations on the virulence of mosquitoes, tent care, the quality of Klondike 'restaurants,' and the wisdom of justice dispensed by Alaskan miners' meetings." —Polar Record

"A first-rate memoir." —True West Magazine

"One of the finest 'I was there' accounts to be written by anyone about any aspect of America's rugged, frost-bound 'last frontier', or any other frontier, for that matter. …This is a wind-ranging, remarkably thorough, honest, and personal account of the gold rush, the Alaskan natives, crime and punishment, mining boomtowns and wilderness living conditions, and more." —Scan-a-Book

"This prose carries tremendous clarity and the unstilted writing style of a pro." —Bloomsbury Review

"I recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in the Gold Rush. …[Haskell's] way of saying what he means is just as though he is in the chair next to you." —Alaska-Yukon Pioneer News ... Read more

45. The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)
by Kathryn Taylor Morse
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2003-10)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$14.48
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Asin: 0295983299
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In 1896, a small group of prospectors discovered a stunningly rich pocket of gold at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and in the following two years thousands of individuals traveled to the area, hoping to find wealth in a rugged and challenging setting. Ever since that time, the Klondike Gold Rush--especially as portrayed in photographs of long lines of gold seekers marching up Chilkoot Pass--has had a hold on the popular imagination.

In this first environmental history of the gold rush, Kathryn Morse describes how the miners got to the Klondike, the mining technologies they employed, and the complex networks by which they obtained food, clothing, and tools. She looks at the political and economic debates surrounding the valuation of gold and the emerging industrial economy that exploited its extraction in Alaska, and explores the ways in which a web of connections among America’s transportation, supply, and marketing industries linked miners to other industrial and agricultural laborers across the country. The profound economic and cultural transformations that supported the Alaska-Yukon gold rush ultimately reverberate to modern times.

The story Morse tells is often narrated through the diaries and letters of the miners themselves. The daunting challenges of traveling, working, and surviving in the raw wilderness are illustrated not only by the miners’ compelling accounts but by newspaper reports and advertisements. Seattle played a key role as "gateway to the Klondike." A public relations campaign lured potential miners to the West and local businesses seized the opportunity to make large profits while thousands of gold seekers streamed through Seattle.

The drama of the miners’ journeys north, their trials along the gold creeks, and their encounters with an extreme climate will appeal not only to scholars of the western environment and of late-19th-century industrialism, but to readers interested in reliving the vivid adventure of the West’s last great gold rush.

"Morse demonstrates the dramatic environmental damage created bythe gold rush, but she also helps us understand the very realaccommodations that miners had to make if they hoped to survive inthese far northern landscapes. . . . She is a superb storyteller witha wry sense of humor, a flair for the quirky detail and the revealinganecdote, and a keen appreciation for the tragicomic underside of thisfamous event."--from the Introduction by William Cronon ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Really Interesting
I bought this for a class, but enjoyed it so much that I decided to keep it rather than just disposing of most of my text books like I usually do.Great information on Alaska that is more widespread than just the Klondike. ... Read more

46. Schwatka's Last Search: The New York Ledger Expedition
by Arland Harris
 Paperback: 278 Pages (1996-05-01)
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Asin: 0912006870
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Unique among the documents on Alaska exploration, this volume contains two accounts of the same trek, the last and perhaps most important expedition of Frederick Schwatka in the headwaters of the White River, the Skolai Pass, and the Upper Chitina drainage.

How Schwatka's account, thought lost for nearly a century, was located is nearly as fascinating as the tale of the expedition itself. Editor Arland Harris, a retired forester, intrigued with early exploration in Alaska, wanted to learn more about the 1891 expedition and its participants. Historians agreed that Schwatka had died before his narrative could be published, but Harris, convinced that such a prominent writer would have left a journal or notes, searched diligently until he came across a newspaper article that named a single sponsor of the expedition: The New York Ledger. Further research revealed that Schwatka's narrative had been serialized in the Ledger in 1892. The paper ceased publication shortly thereafter; its demise coupled with Schwatka's death soon meant that his account, along with the Ledger itself, were forgotten.

Harris located copies of the original Ledger articles as well as C.W. Hayes' journal and photographs and brought them together to present for the first time accounts written by two men of very different distinct--and very different--personalities.

Schwatka, a seasoned explorer and army veteran, was ill, overweight, and in need of money when he undertook this journey through unmapped regions of subarctic Alaska and Canada. His diary of the expedition was written for the popular press, and he sought to make it popular indeed, with heightened tales of adventure and exotic Natives to color the account.

If Schwatka's account was drawn in full color, the the journal of Charles Willard Hayes is a portrait in black and white. The young scientist was released from his regular duties at the U.S. Geological Survey to accompany Schwatka, and he saw the expedition as a chance for research into the geology and topography of a virtually unknown area. Where the old soldier comments on ptarmigan and Tlingit, the youthful geologist notes hornblende and gneiss. Seen together, the two accounts provide a remarkable picture of the far northwest as it was just before the great Klondike Gold Rush changed the territory forever.


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47. Hard drive to the Klondike : promoting Seattle during the Gold Rush : a Historic Resource Study for the Seattle unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (SuDoc I 29.58/3:K 69)
by Lisa Mighetto
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1999)

Asin: B00010ZABI
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In 1896 gold was discovered in British Columbia on Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River. Newspapers trumpeted the discovery around the world. People from far and wide heeded this call and planned expeditions to the icy fields of the far north. Business owners in Seattle and elsewhere recognized gold's discovery as an opportunity to profit from the hordes of wide-eyed miners heading north. They hoped to supply erstwhile miners with the myriad goods and services they required--food, clothing, medicine, tools, machinery, boats, and pack animals.

However, Seattle wasnít alone in recognizing this economic opportunity and competed with San Francisco, Portland, Tacoma, and Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, to become outfitters for Klondike-bound miners. Seattle businessmen organized to win the miners' attention--and their ready cash--which would ensure that Seattle grew into an influential West Coast city.

Historian Lisa Mighetto captures the unique character of Seattle at the turn of the 19th century. Her engaging prose illuminates this in-depth study of the economics and culture of the time. Mighetto incorporates important background history of Seattle and its settlement and growth prior to the gold rush. Her storytelling skills capture the character of this robust city and its fragile class structure, a mixture of dry goods empires, saw mill kings, politicians, stalwart citizens, and the occasional ne'er-do-well.

Mighetto has gathered newspaper advertisements designed to attract the neophyte miners. An outstanding selection of historical photos and an array of informational graphics detail Seattleís growth as an important trade and business center. ... Read more

48. The Call of the Wild (Scribner Classics)
by Jack London
Hardcover: 128 Pages (1999-10-01)
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Asin: 068981836X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In this quintessential adventure story, Jack London takes readers on an arduous journey through the forbidding Alaskan landscape during the gold rush of the 1890s. Buck, a rangy mixed breed used to a comfortable, sun-filled life as a family dog, is stolen by a greedy opportunist and sold to dog traffickers. In no time, Buck finds himself on a team of sled dogs run ragged in the harsh winter of the Klondike. In a climate where every day is a savage struggle for survival, the last traces of Buck's soft, pampered existence are erased as his dormant primordial urges -- deeply embedded for generations -- are brutally awakened.

The superb detail, taken from London's firsthand knowledge of Alaskan frontier life, makes this classic tale as gripping today as it was almost a hundred years ago. No other novel has so clearly shown the fragile separation between tame and wild, between man and beast. Now, paired with master illustrator Wendell Minor's exquisite paintings, this timeless story is available in a handsome new addition to the Scribner Illustrated Classics collection. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids: robust, Conan-like over-the-top prose mythology (with dogs)
On the one hand these stories are absurd, investing sled dogs and their drivers with godlike qualities. The Alaskan wilderness is timeless, endless, mythic. The prose becomes hugely purple: for example, a scrap between a couple of dogs is treated as a titanic battle. But this very effusiveness is what lifts the stories from the banal - if you're prepared to run with the mythology, there's some wonderfully heroic stuff here in the vein of Conan, where men are real men, and dogs are personifications of wild primordial urges. Buck isn't a dog, he's all dogs, he's all dogs throughout history.He's also The Warrior, The Companion, The Leader, and The Hunter.

I'm not saying it's not rough out in those extreme conditions, or that there isn't a world of contrast between soft city living and harsh tundra survival, but London goes wonderfully over the top with this:
"...This first theft marked Buck as fit to survive in the hostile Northland environment. It marked his adaptability, his capacity to adjust himself to changing conditions, the lack of which would have meant swift and terrible death. It marked, further, the decay or going to pieces of his moral nature, a vain thing and a handicap in the ruthless struggle for existence. It was all well enough in the Southland, under the law of love and fellowship, to respect private property and personal feelings. But in the Northland, under the law of club and fang, whoso took such things into account was a fool, and insofar as he observed them he would fail to prosper..."

The book isn't entirely composed of this macho faux-philosophy (cf. `Starship Troopers' and the execrable `Gor' novels), but it underpins the stories. The final story, `That Spot' (this edition adds a couple of his later dog stories) is quite consciously a `tall' one, but, whether or not he took himself seriously, London plays the others with a straight bat. There is an admiration for an unforgiving landscape where weakness cannot be hidden, and while there is some arrogance in an author creating the urbanely regal writer of `Brown Wolf' (the other added story), it is a nice, hopefully self-deprecating moment when the down-to-earth, inarticulate frontiersman, challenged on a point of law by the complacent sophisticate,
"...carefully looked the poet up and down as though measuring the strength of his slenderness.
The Klondiker's face took on a contemptuous expression as he said finally, 'I reckon there's nothin' in sight to prevent me takin' the dog right here an' now.'..."
We can see a tension from London's own colourful life. On the one hand he's proud (and massively relieved) to have used his intelligence and writing skills to escape the stultifying drudgery of factory work, and the massive depredation and ordeal of prospecting in Alaska (his health appears to have been permanently damaged from his year nearly starving in the frozen North). On the other he's contemptuous of soft living, with Buck as his model only discovering his true noble self through escaping luxury and living a violent, harsh, independent, hard-working life.

The guy himself was an interesting personality, a bit of a celebrity in his time. Like Herman Melville and Robert Lewis Stevenson, some of the larger than life incidents are actually based on pretty extreme real life experiences. Is he just exaggerating characters and experiences to make a good yarn, or is there some real insight in describing how conditions shape morality? I think he's pushing things, at times almost comically, too far (I mean, would you really entitle a chapter `The Dominant Primordial Beast' without being mock heroic?) - but it adds sinew and poetry to what otherwise could merely be some animal stories. This, thank goodness, is far more Kipling than Disney (and whoever sucked all the potency out of `The Jungle Book' by combining those two should have been shot). Moreover the individual stories that make up the book both stand alone and integrate effectively. Actually, upon reflection, the whole movement of the book, introduction, progress and conclusion, is one of the most satisfying I've come across.

By the way, I probably never would have read this book except for a pretty bizarre coincidence. My wife had left a few `kids' books on our floor that she found in the back of a church cupboard or something - she was going to donate them to the Salvos. I wouldn't have even particularly noticed except the name `Jack London' leapt out at me because the night before I'd just read `The Death Artist', a short story by Alexander Jablokov. It opened with a vignette of a cold northern death, highlighting the depth of relationship between a tough as nails wilderness man and his dog - `Jack London'. Expecting something sentimentally `Lassie' flavoured, I flicked open this book by an author with that same name and read:
"...All that stirring of old instincts which at stated periods drives men out from the sounding cities to forest and plain to kill things by chemically propelled leaden pellets, the blood lust, the joy of the kill - all this was Buck's, only it was infinitely more intimate. He was ranging at the head of the pack, running the wild thing down, the living meat, to kill with his own teeth, and wash his muzzle to the eyes in warm blood.
There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. He was sounding the deeps of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each muscle, joint and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move..."
Kids' book? (Just glanced at a few amazon reviews - whoever thought this was aimed primarily at children? Even my edition is from the `illustrated junior library' - a misleading title. Sure the black and white depictions are in some sense childish, and people gushing about how `true' it is are not speaking from experience but imagination - but the myth is what's so engaging. Adults should be more aware of this: I'm not sure how ideal it is for kids to utterly embrace it). Whatever, it got me in and I'm glad to have come across the engaging and unique voice I found here. I'm sure the Jablokov's story was part homage, and I suspect he would be pleased to know that his reference put another reader onto London. Weird as that in the 24 hours that book was in my room I became aware of that name for the first time from another source.

4-0 out of 5 stars My 8th Grade Class' Review
I liked this book because it was very descriptive and interesting. I would recommend that only children of twelve years and older read this book. It is filled with much violence, blood, gore and some brief language (in French). The author did a great job of making you not want to put it down. The main character, Buck, learns some valuable lessons that stay with him. You can relate to Buck because he makes his emotions so great. - M.C.

This was a short and sorrowful book. I liked it but I would not recommend it to readers under twelve, or if you are depressed. It's about a Saint Bernard cross-breed who is dognapped and forced to be a sled dog in Alaska. It is now his job to survive. I liked it because of its good description and historical accuracy. Don't read it if you dislike blood, fighting or dogs being abused. - D.J.

"The Call of the Wild" is very well written by the author, Jack London, who draws you into Buck's adventure. I enjoyed this book very much, not just because of Jack London's amazing writing, but because Buck (the dog) shows us human greed and how the love of a man could tear his world in half. Of course, Buck was created by London, but London gave Buck emotions and feelings any human can relate to. "The Call of the Wild" is a great book to relax and read. This book is highly recommended for 12 years of age and up because of violence and gore. - M.L.

This book is a great book. It's about lots of different dogs Buck (the main character) meets. There are many deaths and lots of love and death situations. Some dogs get killed in this book, because they don't have the will to go on. I liked this book a lot, except for the deaths. I'd recommend it for 13 years and over. - J.T.

3-0 out of 5 stars literature book
The book is itself is ok, instructive and interesting and short. ideal for mu daughther, but unfortunately the book was not received in the best conditions; 5 pages were cut(tear)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. The annotations are so cool!
It is a wonderful story about a particular dog's life and struggles. The annotations discuss the influences on London, including what dog he based Buck on. There are real pictures showing places where London travelled, and they pleasantly fill out what is already a great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
I own a log home in the North Georgia mountains, which I named "Call of the Wild".We don't actually have wolves here, but we do have lots of other wild animals.I wanted a name that would relate to wolves, as I've always loved pictures of them and have many pictures of wolves in my home. I commissioned a local artist to paint a canvas portraying the essence of "Call of the Wild" and she paintd the picture from the new dust jacket.So, of course, I wanted the book to display near the painting.As I said, it's PERFECT!

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