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The Cruelest Miles

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

Gay Salisbury (Author), Laney Salisbury (Author)


"A stirring tale of survival, thanks to man's best friend." —Seattle Times

When a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through Nome, Alaska, in 1925, the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin, his patients would die. The lifesaving serum was a thousand miles away, the port was icebound, and planes couldn't fly in blizzard conditions—only the dogs could make it. The heroic dash of dog teams across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and immortalized Balto, the lead dog of the last team whose bronze statue still stands in New York City's Central Park. This is the greatest dog story, never fully told until now.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2005
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32570-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“A classic tale of man against nature.” — Sara Wheeler, New York Times Book Review

“Quite literally a cliff hanger.” — Emily Carter, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Stirring passages detailing the rigors of dogsledding, the bond between man and beast, and the importance of a good lead dog make for irresistible Jack London kind of stuff.” — David Stress, Seattle Weekly

“Sequence by sequence the Salisburys have written not only about a race but also about our Alaskan history and the hardy people who first came, both Native and non-Native, to make our history so rich.” — Velma Wallis, author of Two Old Women

“A scrupulously researched, cleanly written account that makes for a rollicking good adventure.” — Alice King, Entertainment Weekly

“This a moving story, superbly researched and deftly told.” — Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

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