Trail Breakers is the most complete, most accurate telling of how the fabled Iditarod Trail came to be. As it relates the 1840-1930 progression of events establishing the Last Great Gold Rush Trail in North America, this book educates and corrects long-standing myths and misinformation that have grown up. It interests and entertains, filled as it is with humorous anecdotes and colorful gold rush tales. Anyone acquainted with Rod Perry as a raconteur knows he couldn't write history any other way.
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He's ridden a wild moose!---and claims they give a smoother ride than a horse. Not once, but twice he has nursed from one's udder!--- the first time through curiosity, the second because of hunger. He eats Eskimo delicacies such as oshok (walrus flipper buried in the frozen ground for a year to ferment.) He's worked on a moose research project, and climbed part way up Mount McKinley with his dog team. He's taken week's-long, unsupported trips by dog team through trackless, subarctic wilderness where no one monitored his progress, whereabouts or well-being. He competed in the wild-and-crazy, loosely-organized, first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Obviously, he doesn't fit the stereotype of your typical writer. Can such a free spirit actually sit still long enough and handle a pen well enough to author a book of excellence? Can he ever! Rod Perry is a storyteller par excellence. Of the thousands of articles written about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race since its inception in 1973, Rod's two-part piece in Alaska Magazine was the first. The motion picture that he conceived, wrote the original story for, filmed, co directed and co produced, Sourdough, is the most widely viewed feature ever filmed in Alaska. Those who have read Volume I of TRAILBREAKERS have given it rave reviews. Just don't expect a moose rider to write like some desk-bound, pencil-necked librarian!Review:
There might not be anyone better suited to capture the history of the Iditarod Trail in print than Alaskan author Rod Perry.... Perry sets out to make the reader feel like they are living the history as they read. --Darrell L. Breese Alaska Star Columnist
Rod s attention to historical detail is impeccable. His writing style is uniquely Alaskan with the power to excite the adventurer in all of us. TrailBreakers; Volumes I and II complete the historical circle and address why the Iditarod is known around the world as- "The Last Great Race on Earth." --Greg Bill, Development Director, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
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Book Description Rod Perry, 2009. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110982373007
Book Description Rod Perry. PERFECT PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0982373007 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0555988