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Going to Extremes

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Going to Extremes

By Joe McGinniss

Epicenter Press (WA), Paperback, 9781935347033, 303pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2010


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 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.

Praise For Going to Extremes

"Rewarding, impressive...first-person reporting at its finest." --Christian Science Monitor

"Wonderfully ironic and perceptive!"  --San Francisco Chronicle

"Joe McGinnis did not set out to judge or explain, but only to find out what Alaska is. He has succeeded." --New York Times

"Powerful...poignant...hilarious" - Newsweek

"Funny, thought provoking, and relevant" - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Terrifying and splendid" - Boston Globe