Going to Extremes, by Joe McGinniss
This is the fourth edition of Going to Extremes (306 pages) a work that always has been controversial in Alaska. Yet, it is an important and highly readable classic work that captures a portrait frozen in time of a raw state in turmoil during the oil boom. McGinnis went north to find out if there was anything left of the “last frontier.” He found “mind-bending contradictions,” as a previous publisher put it–greed, waste, addictions, and racism, among other things, that contrasted with an awesome untamed natural beauty and an honest, open, and independent spirit of the people.
“Joe McGinnis did not set out to judge or explain, but only to find out what Alaska is. He has succeeded.”
—New York Times “Rewarding, impressive… first-person reporting at its finest.”
—Christian Science Monitor
“Wonderfully ironic and perceptive!”
–San Francisco Chronicle
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