Too often the history of a place is reduced to a list of dates and a handful of major events, ignoring
the daily stories that help shape its legacy. In The Long View, Ross Coen stops to explore the smaller
yet extremely meaningful moments in Alaska’s past, and in doing so he builds a history unlike any
before. This collection of Coen’s columns from the celebrated Ester Republic allows readers to see how
short snapshots of everyday life can come together to create a true picture of the unique experience
of living in Alaska. Covering everything from mail order brides to failed rocket launches and true
political intrigue, Coen’s engaging writing makes the history of Alaska accessible and entertaining.
Ross Coen is a historian who writes about the social, political, and environmental history of Alaska.
He is the author of Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan Through the
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