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Tip of the Iceberg
My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier
By (author): Mark Adams
9781101985120 Paperback, Trade English General Trade TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues May 28, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.3 x 8 x 0.8 in | 0.58 lb 336 pages 8-PAGE PHOTO INSERT; MAP Dutton
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, a fascinating and funny journey into Alaska, America’s last frontier, retracing the historic 1899 Harriman Expedition.

In 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury “floating university,” populated by some of America’s best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir. Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. More than a hundred years later, Alaska is still America’s most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws a million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and a natural resources larder waiting to be raided. As ever, it remains a magnet for weirdos and dreamers.

Armed with Dramamine and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition. Using the state’s intricate public ferry system, the Alaska Marine Highway System, he travels three thousand miles, following the George W. Elder’s itinerary north through Wrangell, Juneau, and Glacier Bay, then continuing west into the colder, stranger regions of the Aleutians and the Arctic Circle. Along the way, he encounters dozens of unusual characters (and a couple of very hungry bears) and investigates how lessons learned in 1899 might relate to Alaska’s current struggles in adapting to climate change.

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED: Tip of the Iceberg received a number of glowing reviews from everywhere from the New York Times Book Review to The Anchorage Daily News, and received blurbs from Susan Casey, Candice Millard, and Sam Kean.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Turn Right at Machu Picchu was a sleeper success, hitting the hardcover New York Times list at #15, while the paperback spent four weeks on the printed list and an additional nineteen weeks on the extended list. Meet Me in Atlantis also hit the monthly Travel New York Times bestseller list.

RETURN TO STRENGTHS: Adams weaves his hilarious, fish-out-of-water travel adventures in places readers can visit with a pivotal and fascinating historical narrative, the formula that made Turn Right at Machu Picchu a hit.

BUILT-IN AUDIENCE: A million people cruise Alaska’s coast each year and an additional million visit Alaska’s other attractions. An Inside Passage cruise is the most popular destination in the United States; Orlando is number two.

WELL-CONNECTED: Adams has written for GQ, Outside, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic Adventure, and more.

Mark Adams is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Meet Me in Atlantis and Turn Right at Machu Picchu. A writer for many national magazines, including GQ, Men’s Journal, and New York, he lives near New York City with his wife and children.

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Praise for Tip of the Iceberg:

“Great nonfiction…takes a topic you thought you knew well and makes it new again…[Adams’] storytelling is guaranteed to make you want to get off your beach towel and book passage somewhere in the great wild north.”—Outside Magazine

“A literary companion to Google Earth.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Adams gives readers an eye-opening look at the past and present history of a fascinating region.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Tip of the Iceberg, with its fresh descriptive writing, strong character development and presentation of contemporary Alaska within a historical framework, is a valuable contribution to our state’s literature. Long-time Alaskans as well as newcomers and visitors will find much to appreciate here.”—The Anchorage Daily News

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