In a Far Country: The True Story of a Mission, a Marriage, and the Remarkable Reindeer Rescue of 1898

By: Taliaferro, John

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In the fall of 1897, eight whaling ships became trapped in the ice on Alaska's northern coast. Without relief, two hundred whalers would starve to death by winter's end. Mercifully, an extraordinary missionary, Tom Lopp, and seven Eskimo herders embarked on a harrowing journey to save the whalers, driving four hundred reindeer more than seven hundred untracked miles.

At the heart of the rescue expedition lies another, in some ways more compelling, journey. "In a Far Country" is the personal odyssey of Tom and his wife Ellen Lopp-- their commitment to the natives and the rugged but happy life they built for themselves amid a treeless tundra at the top of the world. The Lopps pulled through on grit and wits, on humility and humor, on trust and love, and by the grace of God. Their accomplishment would surely have received broader acclaim had it not been eclipsed by two simultaneous events: the Spanish- American War and the Alaska gold rush. The United States and its territories were transformed abruptly and irrevocably by these fits of expansionist fever, and despite the thoughtful, determined guidance of the Lopps, the natives of the North were soon overwhelmed by a force mightier than the fiercest Arctic winter: the twentieth century.

Title: In a Far Country: The True Story of a Mission, a Marriage, and the Remarkable Reindeer Rescue of 1898

Author/Composer: Taliaferro, John

Categories: History General Topics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: PublicAffairs: 2006-11-20

ISBN Number: 1586482211

ISBN Number 13: 9781586482213

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 004027

Description: Very Good Plus Condition: New hardcover book with dustjacket showing very minor visible storage wear and outer soil. In a Far Country: The True Story of a Mission, a Marriage, and the Remarkable Reindeer Rescue of 1898 by John Taliaferro. New York: PublicAffairs (Perseus Books Group), 2006. Stated first edition, number line. 400 pages. Map, photographs. 6.5 x 9.5 inches, 25 cm. List price 26.95. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!

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