Jay Hammond's hilarious, adventure-packed autobiography is filled with candid insights on the independent people and faraway places of our nation's largest state.
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In 1946 Hammond, a Methodist minister's son from New York State and a Marine pilot during WW II, realized his dream of moving to Alaska. Once there he had many jobs, including trapping, fishing, guiding, flying and working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He also served six years in the House beginning in 1959, the advent of statehood, then six more in the Senate. Hammond was elected governor in 1974 in an upset victory over the favored candidate who was backed by the press and the unions; in 1978 he was reelected, campaigning for a balance between industrial growth and preservation of the environment.From Booklist:
To Alaskans, the word bush means the heart of their state and bush rat a true Alaskan like Hammond, who has been a fighter pilot, trapper, fisherman, guide, farmhand, amateur boxer, homesteader, and artist Rockwell Kent's neighbor. Hammond has survived the adventures a bush rat should, into which he launches us immediately: "It seemed to be a stupid way to die--healthy, uninjured, driving a team of dogs just miles from home. . . . Suddenly, with a rolling report, like rifle fire, the shelf of ice underneath us pitched into the river." He fills the book with such anecdotes, which may have you thinking he's only the kind of good ol' bush rat who nicknames his high-school buddy Robert Nichols "Rubber Nipples." But he was elected to Alaska's first state legislature and to the governorship during the tumultuous 1970s and 1980s. Yet he vends little insight into the politics of the pipeline years, mostly just more snappy yarns and lines like his observation that state representative Clem Tillon ("RepTillion") "works at cultivating the image of a simple rustic"--unlike Hammond, who does it effortlessly. Roland Wulbert
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Book Description Epicenter Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0945397178
Book Description Epicenter Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110945397178