Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Salon

"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)


  1. Now that I've seen your's and Heather's reviews I really need to get this added to my wish list.

  2. This sounds great!!!