The Cruelest Miles

The Cruelest Miles

The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in A Race Against An Epidemic

Book - 2005
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In 1925, a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through icebound Nome, Alaska. The life-saving serum was a thousand miles away, and a blizzard was brewing. Airplanes could not fly in such conditions: only the dogs could do it. Racing against death, twenty dog teams relayed the serum across the Alaskan wilderness as newspapers nationwide headlined the drama, enthralling an entire generation. The heroic dash to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska and immortalized Balto, the lead dog whose arrival in Nome over a snow-blown trail was an American legend in the making. His bronze statue still stands in New York City's Central Park, in dedication to the ''Endurance, Fidelity and Intelligence'' of the dogs that saved Nome. This is their story, the greatest dog story never fully told, until now.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2005, ©2003
ISBN: 9780393325706
0393325709
Branch Call Number: 614.5123 Sa342C 2005
Characteristics: vii, 303 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Salisbury, Laney

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kennethek
Sep 25, 2019

You want adventure? You got it. Forget Sgt. Preston. Great yarn, well written and presumably very well researched. And even if you are not a dog lover you gonna like learning about huskies and Eskimos and mushers and on and on. (Did you know "mush" is a garbled form of the French "marchez" ?) Read and learn. For some odd reason this book remains under the radar.

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RescueDog
Sep 28, 2017

I agree with the review of kstiles.

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sess430
Oct 03, 2013

A gripping story of dogs and men battling life-threatening conditions to save lives during a terrible diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska in January 1925 ~ and who doesn't enjoy a heart-warming story about man's best friend giving their all - even to the point of losing their life? The book also gives the reader an interesting overview of the history of Alaska, the firearms & fur-trading capitalism, the native people & their way of life, the gold rush and the important role the dogs played in the success of humans living in a harsh environment. After watching the excellent documentary on PBS about the serum run, I decided to read the book. Now I'd like to see Balto's bronze statue in New York's Central Park.

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kstiles
Sep 08, 2011

I thought this book was fascinating, though it moved slowly at times.

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KRFordham
Apr 09, 2007

If you like true dog stories. If you find Alaska, its people and its elements as fascinating as I do. You'll love this book. Well written and well researched it was a page-turner from the very start.

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