. . . gain considerable interest in this fairly brief presentation through the authors' knack of catching characteristic details which differentiate daily life there. They tell of the reindeer shortages 50 years ago, and again in , which caused the Government to assume ownership and management of all herds, of the fact that finding water to drink is as difficult in the frozen North as in a desert; of the original purchase price (.02 an acre) and of a population which tripled between 1940 and 1956. It is the judicious sprinkling of odd bits of information which varies the pace of a text of catholic scope ranging from the geographic nature of Alaska to the its occupations.