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The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic

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ISBN13: 9780393325706
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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.

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"A stirring tale of survival, thanks to man's best friend...reflects a transcendent understanding and impeccable research." Seattle Times

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"A remarkable adventure story....The Salisburys convey the brutal conditions of the trail convincingly enough to make you shiver in your beach chair." Newsday

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"While [the] claim that this is 'the greatest dog story ever told' might be questioned, it certainly ranks among the best: a classic tale of man against nature enacted against the heartbreaking ice fields of Jack London's White Silence." New York Times

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"A riveting epic." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"The authors vividly describe each harrowing leg of the expedition through the wilds of central Alaska....The story of this account is well researched, with 23 pages of source notes that are interesting and worthwhile in themselves." KLIATT

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"This book is thrilling when it describes the brave Americans who took part in this story, sickening when it describes the America that exploited it." Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"The most impressive element of the book is the way the authors place the 1925 diphtheria outbreak in terms of what happened during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic." USA Today

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"[A] testament to man's love of adventure and willingness to help others, but...at heart a dog story." Dallas Morning News

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"The Salisburys' meticulous research is apparent on every page....But they also tell their story in a style straightforward enough that readers will be swept up in the drama." Houston Chronicle

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Alaska, 1925: the diphtheria serum is 674 miles away. Without it, the people of Nome will not survive. The Cruelist Miles is the never-before-told tale of the dogs and men who braved blizzard conditions to save Nome, Alaska, from diphtheria.

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When a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through Nome, Alaska, in 1925, the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin, his patients would die. The lifesaving serum was a thousand miles away, the port was icebound, and planes couldn't fly in blizzard conditions--only the dogs could make it. The heroic dash of dog teams across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and immortalized Balto, the lead dog of the last team whose bronze statue still stands in New York City's Central Park.

About the Author

Gay Salisbury is the former associate publisher of Basic Books. She splits her time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and New York City. Laney Salisbury, a Columbia Journalism School graduate, has reported from Africa, the Middle East, and New York. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. The authors are first cousins.

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Lucy Little, August 22, 2007 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
This is an amazing story. Many people are familiar with Balto, the dog that ran the final leg of the journey to bring the diptheria serum to Nome in 1935. This book honors all of the heroes, both dogs and people, that took part in the achievement. And what an achievement it was. They travelled against all odds in some of the coldest weather imaginable to bring the serum to Nome before more residents became ill and died. In reading this, you feel the anguish of Nome's only doctor, experience the politics and egos involved in the decision making, but mostly are inspired by the dogs and their drivers.

Best of all, this book honors Togo who played an integral role in completing the journey. Her part in the relay has been shadowed by Balto all these years, yet she deserves equal recognition for her bravery and determination. Without diminishing the roles of Balto and all the dogs, Togo is my hero.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393325706
Author:
Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Salisbury, Laney
Author:
Salisbury, Gay
Subject:
General
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Forensic Medicine
Subject:
Sled dogs
Subject:
Diphtheria -- Alaska -- Nome.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps; 48 illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.18x5.52x.80 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Libri - English 9780393325706 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A stirring tale of survival, thanks to man's best friend...reflects a transcendent understanding and impeccable research."
"Review" by , "A remarkable adventure story....The Salisburys convey the brutal conditions of the trail convincingly enough to make you shiver in your beach chair."
"Review" by , "While [the] claim that this is 'the greatest dog story ever told' might be questioned, it certainly ranks among the best: a classic tale of man against nature enacted against the heartbreaking ice fields of Jack London's White Silence."
"Review" by , "A riveting epic." (starred review)
"Review" by , "The authors vividly describe each harrowing leg of the expedition through the wilds of central Alaska....The story of this account is well researched, with 23 pages of source notes that are interesting and worthwhile in themselves."
"Review" by , "This book is thrilling when it describes the brave Americans who took part in this story, sickening when it describes the America that exploited it."
"Review" by , "The most impressive element of the book is the way the authors place the 1925 diphtheria outbreak in terms of what happened during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic."
"Review" by , "[A] testament to man's love of adventure and willingness to help others, but...at heart a dog story."
"Review" by , "The Salisburys' meticulous research is apparent on every page....But they also tell their story in a style straightforward enough that readers will be swept up in the drama."
"Synopsis" by , Alaska, 1925: the diphtheria serum is 674 miles away. Without it, the people of Nome will not survive. The Cruelist Miles is the never-before-told tale of the dogs and men who braved blizzard conditions to save Nome, Alaska, from diphtheria.
"Synopsis" by , When a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through Nome, Alaska, in 1925, the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin, his patients would die. The lifesaving serum was a thousand miles away, the port was icebound, and planes couldn't fly in blizzard conditions--only the dogs could make it. The heroic dash of dog teams across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and immortalized Balto, the lead dog of the last team whose bronze statue still stands in New York City's Central Park.
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