Father of the Iditarod, by Lew Freedman
Meet rugged, independent, determined, and hard-working Joe Redington, Father of the Iditarod (302 pages), a man who found his destiny in Alaska. In an inspirational biography, Lew Freedman chronicles Redington’s birth on the Chisholm Trail and his boyhood in the Depression–homeless, motherless, roaming the country looking for work. Alaska was his rebirth in 1948. On his own piece of dirt, a man could raise a family, hunt, fish, run dogs, and stand up for what he believed. Redington helped rescue Alaska dog mushing from extinction, creating a legacy in a thrilling thousand-mile race across Alaska, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
“There’s no one like Joe. He taught me… about what being an Alaskan is and how a true pioneer lives.
–Susan Butcher, Iditarod Champion 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990
‘If you’re looking for a delightful book to read, Father of the Iditarod is one! There are many humorous stories about Joe that had me laughing out loud.”
—Alaska Women Speak magazine
Lew Freedman is a former Alaska resident who spent 17 years at the Anchorage Daily News as sports editor and columnist. The author of 58 books, Freedman is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in journalism and he earned a Master’s degree from Alaska Pacific University. He currently resides in Indiana with his wife Debra.
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