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

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

by Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury
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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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ISBN-13: 9780393325706
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/07/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 303
Sales rank: 80,124
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.82(d)

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.

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The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I knew nothing about the serum run or the origins of the Iditarod before reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I work at a university and this book was selected for a program that I am helping to plan. I decided to read the book so that I would be able to help participants decide if the want to participate in this program. The book was so fun to read and very informative. I loved all of the background information that the authors gave us to help us understand the differences between life now and life in Nome in the 1920. Very good historical information as well. I learned so much more than I expected to with simple "work reading" and I can't wait to talk to the participants of my program and see how they liked the book I picked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable. Could have done without all the history lessons as it slowed it down.
LynnFairchild on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the story has stayed with me. Not a typical book for me, but it was recommended by a fellow dog lover. Amazing story and well written.
joemmama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Cruelest Miles-The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic" by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury, is a book I read about at Age 30+...A Lifetime of Books.Nome, Alaska in 1925 was icebound with no access other than 700 miles of snow and ice to the nearest railhead. Brave men and dogs formed relay teams when disaster struck in the form of Diphtheria. Compelling and so informative, the authors capture every nuance of the incredible story. A lone doctor struggling to save the children of Nome and the surrounding area, without the proper tools, and not losing hope that help would come in time in the from of serum to fight the epidemic. Without hesitation, and without thought of compensation, the men and their amazing dogs, carried the serum across the worst, most unforgiving landscape, in the worst weather imaginable. The fact that they succeeded is a testament to the strength of character that made Alaska great.I was so lucky to find this book at my Library, and without Heather's review I might not have even heard about it. I love nonfiction, and this was such a good read, from start to finish. I highly recommend it, if you need something to read on a snowed in day. (you will be happy to know that you could be rescued)
LLBoatman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good book. The story captures you with the dog teams and their mission to get diptheria vaccine through to people in need. I found the story captivating and cheered for the dogs. Set against the gold rush and Nome Alaska, the writer makes history and reality an enjoyable read.
leasummer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was more history of Alaska than story of the dogs and men that helped stop an epidemic. I was looking more for the story of the dogs and sled "race" that saved Nome. Instead I learned a lot about Alaska's history and some about the actual trip. Still a good read.
jeaneva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sacrifices made by the sled drivers are awe-inspiring. The saga is interspersed with interesting information on Alaskan history and weather, sled dog breeds, and today's Iditarod.
lesreadmore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes got bogged down with details but overall a good presentation of a historical event in a readable story. In the end I cared as much about the individuals involved as in the whole story
CyFur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I seriously loved this book. A must haves for any fans of stories about Alaska, the 1920s, dogsledding, or history. Any fans of the movie or story of Balto should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a bit rare for me to not want to put down a non-fiction book, but I found this absolutely gripping. The details about life in the Arctic were so tangible and fascinating, I didn't mind the rather frequent loops away from the main story (the race for anti-toxin). Though I of course knew the ending going in, I reveled in the journey and came away with a lot more knowledge. Definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in dog sledding, Alaska, and medical epidemics.
Grannie-Reader More than 1 year ago
I liked this a LOT! In a way it was almost two stories; the geoloic and social development of Alaska and the story of the epidemic and the people who responded to it. It was well written and a vivid portrayal of the area and especially the heartfelt, loving response of the citizens of Alaska to save those affected by the illness. Man and dog pushed themselves beyond 100% and the result was the ending of the epidemic. It was interesting to hear of the relationships between the musher(s) and his/their team(s). Having visited Nome, the depiction of the city and surrounding area were real and a great reminder of the harshness of the climate & the difficulties that arise. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in history/geography/and just a generally good story.
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Novel_One More than 1 year ago
This account of the heroic efforts of men and their dog teams to save an Alaskan town from an epidemic is truly amazing. It starts out a little slowly with background information, but like a cartoon snowball going downhill, it soon gathers speed and urgency. I read a copy from my library, but bought it myself because I knew I would want to read it again. Don't miss this one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A girl in my running club was watching me run with my dog and commented that he had 'lead dog mentality' and recommended this book. I bought it, and it collected dust for six months before I picked it up. Once I started, I was drawn into Nome and hated putting the book down. The book illustrates life in Nome- what were people's daily lives like. What challenges they faced and how they spent their recreation time. Alaska's local, regional and state politics were explained, as well as Alaska's relationship to the federal government. Then of course, there's the image of isolated, rural life as it was poised for dramatic changes through modern technology. That alone would make it an interesting, 3 star book. Then the authors included the dogs and their drivers. Their anecdotes were sometimes delightful and charming a few were awe-inspiring and several were heartbreaking. Their heroic acts made this book a memorable read. I live in Alaska, and immediately lent the book to a girlfriend who loved it as much as I did. She pointed out how many people we knew that had come from the towns and villages mentioned in the book, making it even more meaningful for us. If you're interested in Alaska or dogs this would be a great read for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as much as any I have read in years. The story is set up very well so the reader has a great understanding of the terrain faced by the mushers and dogs, and the predicament faced by Nome. The description of the scene when 'Wild Bill' pushed off on the first leg of the run in the middle of the night with a temperature at fifty below zero gave me chills. A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced race against time. An informative and historical glimpse at Alaska's 'dark side of the moon' accompanied by man's very best friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Saliburys have done an excellent job of putting the serum run in context. Anyone who has actually *read* the book without a prior bias will know exactly why other methods were not risked. At that time, dog sleds in Alaska were the standard transportation. There wasn't much alternative. No other mode of transportation combined reliability and efficiency in the same way. And if you want to check the sequence of events, you can always check microfilm records of the major newspapers of the time. I seriously doubt that the vaccine manufacturers needed to stage that sort of event. It would have redounded upon their ability to provide the vaccine as needed. This book is an excellent read and gives a real appreciation of the toughness and rigors of the Alaskan frontier.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being an admirer and owner of 2 Siberian Huskies attracted me to this book and I got a lot more than I bargained for. The well written history of the dogs, people, and places involved in this true-life drama made me laugh, cry, and shake my head in amazement. When I first started reading I thought 'they should make a movie of this.' But I soon realized that no movie could possibly do justice to the heroic acts and amazing history that lead to this incredible event. This book is a must for anyone who admires the amazing courage and spirit of dogs, (especially Siberian Huskies); or for anyone who wants to be reminded of the self-sacrificing goodness of human nature; or simply wants to know more about the history of Alaska. 'Thank You' to the Salisbury's CM Asheville, NC
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