Molly Rettig

Finding True North:

Firsthand Stories of the Booms that Built Modern Alaska

Do you like reading about grizzlies, plane crashes, hidden gold mines, and secret wartime missions? Check out my brand new book published by the University of Alaska Press: Finding True North: firsthand stories of the booms that built modern Alaska. True stories from gold miners, bush pilots, trappers and Native elders who take us on a gripping journey through history, showing how Alaska was transformed from a land of subsistence to a gold and oil paradise. It’s about how one place can be many things to many people, and how all of it can be true.

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It’s the great, big, broad land ’way up yonder,
   It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
   It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.

–Robert Service, The Spell of the Yukon