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Sitka (1957)

by Louis L'Amour

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Product Description He was born in the swamps of the Eastern States, but he came of age on the frontier. Now, Jean LaFarge finds himself swept up in an epic battle in the wilds of Alaska, where a tyranical Russian has seized control of the fur trade-and the land. But Jean has never backed down from a fight, even one as bold and dangerous as this-a battle that will shape the future of America. From the Publisher Majestically it rose from the icy waters, the gateway to the awesome wilderness of Alaska. Even as he grew up hunting the dangerous swampland of the Susquehanna, Jean LaBarge felt drawn by the strength and beauty of that distant land. Now a battle-hardened adventurer, Jean boldly faces the dangers of Russian-owned Sitka. Those Russians who will violently protect their foothold on the continent move swiftly to destroy Jean--just as they have threatened Helena, the woman who challenged their treachery, the woman Jean desires. Fired by Helena's courage and by the call of his country, Jean is ready for a fight--to win Alaska for America. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Written in 1957, in the run up to Alaska statehood, Sitka is a useful frontier adventure story chock full of manifest destiny propaganda. Jean Le Barge and his triumph over the evil Russians back in the good ol' frontier days of Alaska, keep this book's pages turning. This is all typical L'Amour fare: rugged individualism, gun slinging heroics, women who need men to protect them ect. From a cultural history point of view, this book is great. Sitka encapsulates 1950's values and casts them back on a benevolent frontier past. The cold war parallels alone are worth the read if you are a student of American cultural history. The subtle resource metaphors are numerous and entertaining to unravel. Plus there are some classic tough guy one liners thrown in that had me laughing out loud. ( )
  BenjaminHahn | Feb 21, 2012 |
Good, solid L'Amour. The men are men, the women are women, and the furry animals are furry animals. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451203089, Mass Market Paperback)

He was born in the swamps of the Eastern States, but he came of age on the frontier. Now, Jean LaFarge finds himself swept up in an epic battle in the wilds of Alaska, where a tyranical Russian has seized control of the fur trade-and the land. But Jean has never backed down from a fight, even one as bold and dangerous as this-a battle that will shape the future of America.

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Frontiersman, adventurer, and sailor Jean LaBarge devises a plan to rid the Alaska Territory--owned by Russia in the 1840s--of Baron Zinnovy, a Russian who seizes control of the territory's fur trade, killing anyone who dares oppose him.

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