Book Reviews                                                                                                                                                                          



 Iditarod Gang                




I am slowing working my way through the book. I just want you to know, all your hard work has produced an excellent book. Makes me wish I had been there in the early days. (I did have one small chance in 1978-79 to come up and run a team, but I didn’t do it.) Anyway, this is sure pleasant reading. I would think some movie writer would eventually grab onto this and write a script.
Congratulations to all of you for a great job.
Donna  Quante



Well, we received our long awaited book yesterday and Dennis and I spent the rest of the day and the evening devouring it.  What a wonderful and complete anthology of the first ten years of Iditarod history!  Dennis was honored to be mentioned in Brugman's Wien Air "Dogs Fly Free" chapter and Raine, he was really touched on the section paying tribute to Ace.

Bravo to the entire Old Iditarod Gang for their labors to produce such an important and cherished historical collection of the truly Last Great Race.  Gail - wouldn't it be awesome to have something produced in a similar vein and format for the early years of flying in Alaska

Thanks for bringing this worthy project to fruition.

With much admiration,

Maggie & Dennis Gladwin

p.s. The book was originally purchased for my father, a history buff who has always been intrigued with the Iditarod "story".  However, Dennis is not letting it out of his sight, so guess we will just have to purchase another for Dad!



ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY BY THIS BOOK. ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT I HAD PERCEIVED. THANKS TO YOU AND ALL INVOLVED FOR YOUR YEARS OF WORK,IMAGINATION,AND THE LOVE THAT WENT INTO THIS PROJECT. EVERY ASPECT, EVERY DETAIL, WOW !!    JON VAN ZYLE MY GOD WHAT AN ARTIST.

ALASKA, SUCH A PERSONAL PLACE TO SO MANY.  AND THE IDITAROD ....''THE CALL OF THE WILD''. ALIVE ON THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK FOR GENERATIONS TO ENJOY FOREVER. 
                                                                                                      MY LOVE AND THANKS, Bill Philbin



Oh my Gosh. I cannot put this book down. It is so full of photos from past years and wonderful stories. I'm sure no sleep for me tonight. It's huge—what 7 Lbs?
Beautiful high gloss paper...beautiful, beautiful coffee table book :-) Great job everyone...
Sue Hafner



"The book is beautiful and SO interesting! I opened the box "just to look at it" when I got home last night. Two hours later I
was still reading! Congratulations. I have it in my lap right now. Thank you!"
Judy


"Alaskan writers and artists with special knowledge of the first decade of the heroic Iditarod race, which pits man and dog against Alaska's vast and icy wilderness, have assembled here a lasting tribute to the dogs, the mushers, and the volunteers of this world-class event."
Dr. Jim Readon

“If you never had Iditarod addiction, you will after this.  Even growing up around the sport, race and people involved, I become giddy with excitement every time I get to tell people about it!”

Lance Mackey



“They say history is written by the victors, and Iditarod: The First 10 Years is no exception; however, this incredible collection of tales from the trail comes mostly from the volunteers and workers who were victorious in making The Last Great Race an enduring and important part of Alaskan life. The book is bursting at the seams with fond memories, hard work, gutsy survival stories, pranks, and 1049 miles worth of amazing Iditarod lore. An important decade of Alaskan history is captured on these pages, but more importantly the Old Iditarod Gang reveals the heart of what makes the Iditarod a uniquely Alaskan event: the people, the dogs, and our sense of adventure.” Don Rearden, author of the award winning Alaskan novel The Raven’s Gift


“The Old Gang has most certainly done it. What a herculean, well-executed endeavor. It will not surprise me if this huge compilation of individually unique experiences by the Iditarod’s first decade participants becomes a stand-alone Northland classic.” Dan Seavey

We are excited to share Joe May's story Edgar as part of the, Iditarod: The First Ten Years', review in the March/April issue of “Last Frontier Magazine Alaska”....Wendy Wesser



I just got my copy – really really really good – thank you to those who took this on – it is awesome....Greg Heister


I received the big book yesterday. It is Awesome! Will be busy for quite some time.
The Old Iditarod Gang rocks. Thank you so much....Inge Van Kasteren


I love this book. I have learned so much about the Iditarod I didn't already know! It really is a beautiful addition to my collection of Iditarod books!...Christine Carroll


So awesome...The book is beyond words...FABULOUS!!! I love looking at the old pictures and reading about the hearty people that made this our Alaskan history! GREAT job putting this book together...NO SMALL FEAT!:)...Debbie Lynn Filter


Oh my Gosh. I cannot put this book down. It is so full of photos from past years and wonderful stories. I'm sure no sleep for me tonight. It's huge—what 7 Lbs?
Beautiful high gloss paper...beautiful, beautiful coffee table book :-) Great job everyone...
Sue Hafner


I am loving, totally loving the "First Ten Years" book!  The organization of information, and the sheer volume of information (about anything I can think of) is beyond impressive.  The book is a masterpiece.  I am bowled over by the beauty of it and the time and work it must have taken.  You have given a true gift to current Iditarod fans and to generations to come.  Thank you, thank you!!
Many smiles,
Gail Sommerville


Well, we received our long awaited book yesterday and Dennis and I spent the rest of the day and the evening devouring it.  What a wonderful and complete anthology of the first ten years of Iditarod history!  Dennis was honored to be mentioned in Brugman's Wien Air "Dogs Fly Free" chapter and Raine, he was really touched on the section paying tribute to Ace. Bravo to the entire Old Iditarod Gang for their labors to produce such an important and cherished historical collection of the truly Last Great Race.  Gail - wouldn't it be awesome to have something produced in a similar vein and format for the early years of flying in Alaska

Thanks for bringing this worthy project to fruition. With much admiration, Maggie & Dennis Gladwin

p.s. The book was originally purchased for my father, a history buff who has always been intrigued with the Iditarod "story".  However, Dennis is not letting it out of his sight, so guess we will just have to purchase another for Dad!


What can I say? Words cannot express Maybe I should just say it like I really feel---IT'S THE BEST DAGGONE DEAL TO COME DOWN THE PIKE IN MY LIFETIME. What you guys have done is beyond words. That I was even a part is a wonder. I now have a problem, we got each of the kids a copy so who do we will it to?? This book will surely be like the family bible and pass from one generation to the next. Cathy and I send our love to all, Dick Mackey


ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY BY THIS BOOK. ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT I HAD PERCEIVED. THANKS TO YOU      
AND ALL INVOLVED FOR YOUR YEARS OF WORK,IMAGINATION,AND THE LOVE THAT WENT INTO THIS PROJECT.      

EVERY ASPECT, EVERY DETAIL, WOW !!    JON VAN ZYLE MY GOD WHAT AN ARTIST.      
ALASKA, SUCH A PERSONAL PLACE TO SO MANY.  AND THE IDITAROD ....''THE CALL OF THE WILD''. ALIVE ON THE        
PAGES OF THIS BOOK FOR GENERATIONS TO ENJOY FOREVER. 
                                                                                                      MY LOVE AND THANKS, Bill Philbin

I DID get my book!  It is really nicely done.  I like it a bunch.
You all did a super job on it.  My mother is ecstatic with hers.  Another friend and Ophir volunteer, Letta Stokes, is also very happy with her copy.
It is much more than I expected.  So many great pictures. The quality of the paper and the way it is bound are very high end.
Thanks so much for all the hard work, I know it will be appreciated by many.
Cheers,
Keith Forsgren



Unbelievable accomplishment!!! I had no idea what a grand undertaking this has been for you and your Iditarod colleagues!!
However, knowing you I should have expected nothing less.

I am looking forward to seeing you and  “The Old Iditarod Gang” in Anchorage in March!

Unbelievable!

Cheers,

Peter Henning


Your book is simply fantastic.  It is one of the best I've ever seen on any  subject.  I am very impressed with your ability to tackle such a hugely  complicated subject and turn it into a perfectly facetted jewel.   Congratulations, you're the best!  Love,  David Brighton  



The book is truly stunning!!! I can't believe how beautiful it is. The design, the stories, etc. Really amazing.  Laurel Neme