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Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate List

Looking for the best Alaska books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Alaska: A Novel (2002)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListIn this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska’s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present. As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska’s story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II. A spellbinding…
Author(s): James A. Michener, Steve Berry

2. Fodor’s Alaska (Full-color Travel Guide) (2019)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListThere’s no denying that Alaska is a trip of a lifetime. Nowhere else can you kayak to glaciers; fly over the highest peak in North America; wonder at the Aurora Borealis; stay out all night celebrating the midnight sun; visit quirky towns; spot bears, eagles, moose, and whales; and learn the true meaning of the word “remote”–all in the same trip. Fodor’s Alaska makes it easy to create a perfect trip from start to finish. Fully updated information on new openings and developments; including restaurants, hotels, and outdoor activities, for all of Alaska’s top destinations and undiscovered gems, from cities…
Author(s): Fodor’s Travel Guides

3. The MILEPOST 2019: Alaska Travel Planner (2019)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListDescribed as the "quintessential reference" for Alaska travelers, The MILEPOST® offers mile-by-mile descriptions of more than 15,000 miles of road in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Alberta. Its 700-plus pages detail accommodations, camping, sightseeing, attractions and services, as well as fascinating facts on the history and wildlife of the North. Trip planning help and answers to frequently asked questions are addressed in the Travel Planning section, with features on crossing the border, traveling with pets, the Alaska ferry system,…
Author(s): Kris Valencia

4. Alaska by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising Alaska – Includes Inside Passage and Glacier Cruises (2017)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListThe new 9th Edition of Alaska by Cruise Ship includes updates on attractions and shore side activities for cruisers to this beautiful state. New information on the home ports. Written for cruise readers wanting to make the most of their time in each port. Covers ports and towns from Seattle to Fairbanks with special section on Denali National Park….
Author(s): Anne Vipond

5. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Alaska (2017)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListAn in-depth guide to the very best of Alaska. From going on an adventure to spot wildlife in Denali to exploring the state’s glacier-lined coast by cruise ship, Alaska offers an unforgettable experience that will exceed all your expectations.Discover .   • Hotel and restaurant listings and special recommendations.    • Detailed itineraries and “don’t-miss” destination highlights at a glance.    • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.    • Floor plans and guided visitor…
Author(s): DK Eyewitness

6. Looking for Alaska (2006)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListThe award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1 international bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our StarsIncludes a brand-new Readers’ Guide featuring a Q&A with author John GreenSoon to be a Hulu limited series! Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award – A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist – A New York Times Bestseller – A USA Today Bestseller – NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels – TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time – A PBS Great American Read Selection – Millions of copies sold! First drink. First…
Author(s): John Green

7. Moon Alaska (Travel Guide) (2017)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListJuneau and Southeast Alaska, Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska, Denali, Fairbanks, and the Interior, Kodiak and Southwest Alaska, the ArcticCan’t get enough of Alaska? Try Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula. Headed to Canada? Try Moon Vancouver & Canadian Rockies Road Trip or Moon Banff National Park….
Author(s): Lisa Maloney

8. The Great Book of Alaska: The Crazy History of Alaska with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States) (2018)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListDo you want to learn more about Alaska? Sure, you know it’s cold and dark for a large portion of the year, but what else do you really know about the Last Frontier? There’s so much to learn about the state that even people here don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Alaska’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more! And so much more! This book is packed with trivia facts about Alaska. Some of the facts are shocking, some of them are sad, and some of them will give you goosebumps, but all of them will be…
Author(s): Bill O’Neill

9. Lonely Planet Alaska (Travel Guide) (2018)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListLonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Alaska is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wonder at epic glaciers, spot bears the size of bison, or catch the midnight sun in the Arctic Circle all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Alaska and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Alaska Travel Guide: The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Alaska, our most comprehensive guide to Alaska, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely…
Author(s): Lonely Planet , Brendan Sainsbury , et al.

10. National Geographic Treasures of Alaska: The Last Great American Wilderness (National Geographic Destinations) (2010)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListThis new look at Alaska as the destination for wilderness experience in America celebrates the many lives and unique landscapes that make up the vast and storied land. The book captures Alaska’s splendor with an astonishing combination of prose and photographs—from mountain ranges glittering with glaciers to lush forests and wetlands teeming with wildlife to fjords exploding with the barks of seals.Visiting the places and people whose natures are true to the spirit of this still wild frontier, Rennicke and Melford follow a dogsled team up a frozen mountain river in search of an Alaskan…
Author(s): Jeff Rennicke

11. Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier (2019)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListIn 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury “floating university,” populated by some of America’s best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir. Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. More than a hundred years later, Alaska is still America’s most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws one million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and as a natural resources larder waiting to be raided. As ever, it remains a magnet for…
Author(s): Mark Adams

12. Alaska: A History (2014)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListThe largest by far of the fifty states, Alaska is also the state of greatest mystery and diversity. And, as Claus-M. Naske and Herman E. Slotnick show in this comprehensive survey, the history of Alaska’s peoples and the development of its economy have matched the diversity of its land- and seascapes.Alaska: A History begins by examining the region’s geography and the Native peoples who inhabited it for thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived. The Russians claimed northern North America by right of discovery in 1741. During their occupation of…
Author(s): Claus M. Naske, Herman E. Slotnick

13. Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula (Travel Guide) (2019)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListExpanding your trip? Check out Moon Alaska….
Author(s): Don Pitcher

14. Alaska Raw (2019)

 Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate ListJoin life-long Alaskan Bob Lacher on his hunting adventures from the Aleutian Islands to the Arctic Plains. These true stories take you there with gripping realism. Alaska Raw is crafted in vivid detail with compelling scenes that invite you to experience the physical struggle, the fear, the unforgiving environment and the focus required to stay alive in it. Take the trip…and you may never want to come all the way back….
Author(s): Bob Lacher

Best Alaska Books: The Ultimate List

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Sarah from Alaska

Author(s): Scott Conroy; Shushannah Walshe
ID: 877021, Publisher: PublicAffairs , Year: cop. 2009, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

SUN IS A COMPASS: a 4,000-mile journey into the alaskan wilds

Author(s): Hemert, Caroline Van
ID: 2679077, Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Year: 2020;2019, Size: 37 Mb, Format: epub

Alaska's History: The People, Land, and Events of the North Country, (Revised Edition)

Author(s): Harry Ritter (editor)
ID: 2534755, Publisher: West Margin Press, Year: 2020, Size: 11 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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