Going to Extremes
This is the fourth edition of 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 p...more
(which was sadly cut short due to family illness), and it was great read. Going to Extremes was published in 1980, but as many reviewers here and elsewhere have pointed out, the book holds up well. I can't speak for it's accuracy since I barely saw much of Alaska, but the book and it's vivid descriptions of people and places there, and it's perspective of...more
It was cheap because McGuiness writes so deprecatingly about so many of his subjects. He belittles them not for the sake of an argument, but rather to make the reader believe that they are in on some secret, or to show his own cleverness. He has a nose for scandal without any idea of the weight of his judgement--only the thrill of reading a torrid anecdote matters in his tale.
The story is confused because no coherent idea ties the book together. McGuiness flies t...more
Would be interesting to have author go back to each village/city today and see how the Internet has changed the isolation...
Travel around Alaska - I must say a lot of it doesn't make me really want to go there - the account of the evening spent in Barrow sitting around in the dark with people who are getting drunker and more argumentative while they wait for the moose steaks to defrost enough to have dinner m always make me extremely grateful to be where...more