Going to Extremes (Paperback)
Epicenter Press (WA), 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