The lore of the forty-ninth state from its discovery by Bering to its winning of statehood over two centuries later. The Reader is replete with known names: Washington Irving on the era of Aleksandr Baranov; Jack London on Russian America and the Gold Rush; Charles Sumner and Baron de Stoeckl representing the involved parties at the time the United States bought Alaska from Russia. Rudyard Kipling is represented by ""The Rhyme of the Three Sealers,"" Robert W. Service by his Klondike poems. The military appears with Billy Mitchell laying the telegraph line as a young lieutenant, S. E. Morison detailing the battle of the Komandorski Islands in World War II. The ladies are also present: Anne Morrow Lindbergh in North to the Orient when she and her husband pioneered the Great Circle flight from New York to Tokyo; Edna Ferber, whose Ice Palace helped the cause of statehood; Sally Carrighar meeting Alaska's Eskimo people. Muir, Burroughs, Ullman describe the scenery; Burden, MacCracken, Young the hunting; Seward (1869), Truman (1948), Gruening (1955) the struggle for statehood. And Rex Beach's autobiography is colorful you-are-there coverage. This book enters an unpopulated area and should homesteadfastly.