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Blinding blizzards. Freezing wind. Paralyzing cold temperatures. The 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a race across the nation's most forbidding, demanding, and dangerous territory. Competitors must be resourceful, rugged, and resilient. Often they must make life and death choices. These are the stories -- in their own words -- of men and women who challenge the Blinding blizzards. Freezing wind. Paralyzing cold temperatures. The 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a race across the nation's most forbidding, demanding, and dangerous territory. Competitors must be resourceful, rugged, and resilient. Often they must make life and death choices. These are the stories -- in their own words -- of men and women who challenge the elements. Many fans believe this is the best book written about the Iditarod.


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Blinding blizzards. Freezing wind. Paralyzing cold temperatures. The 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a race across the nation's most forbidding, demanding, and dangerous territory. Competitors must be resourceful, rugged, and resilient. Often they must make life and death choices. These are the stories -- in their own words -- of men and women who challenge the Blinding blizzards. Freezing wind. Paralyzing cold temperatures. The 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a race across the nation's most forbidding, demanding, and dangerous territory. Competitors must be resourceful, rugged, and resilient. Often they must make life and death choices. These are the stories -- in their own words -- of men and women who challenge the elements. Many fans believe this is the best book written about the Iditarod.

30 review for Iditarod Classics: Tales of the Trail Told by the Men & Women Who Race Across Alaska

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Bodaly

    This is an older book, and the format was a little different than I was expecting, but it was a fun, interesting read. The Iditarod is an 1,100-mile sled dog race through the frozen, desolate landscape between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska. It began in 1973 to commemorate the famous diphtheria-serum run of 1925, when a team of mushers braved the inclement weather and raced across the Alaskan wasteland to save the lives of those in Nome who were stricken with the disease. The story of Balto comes fr This is an older book, and the format was a little different than I was expecting, but it was a fun, interesting read. The Iditarod is an 1,100-mile sled dog race through the frozen, desolate landscape between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska. It began in 1973 to commemorate the famous diphtheria-serum run of 1925, when a team of mushers braved the inclement weather and raced across the Alaskan wasteland to save the lives of those in Nome who were stricken with the disease. The story of Balto comes from that original trek. This book covers 21 of the early Iditarod contenders. Some were champions several times in a row, others never won. They faced blizzards, lost teams, poisoning, wild animal attacks, and more in their quest for the prize and adventure. Each chapter gives a brief one-page biographical summary of the musher, and then several pages that read like a verbatim interview, of the musher telling their most memorable moments and lessons learned. It was a nice, easy read, with pictures of the course and several of the mushers and their teams, throughout the book. I enjoyed it, and liked that I could read a chapter or two a night and not get lost with dragging the storyline out like I would with a normal book format.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This compilation of first-person short narratives of Iditarod mushers includes stories of preparation, challenges, finishing, and sometimes scratching. The stories are generally interesting. Beware of rampant misogyny; apparently their souls will be sucked into tundra if they get slower times than the women. Also, while I recognize the challenge and adventure of the event, I have little patience for people who don't train and prepare enough and cause other individuals to put themselves in harm's This compilation of first-person short narratives of Iditarod mushers includes stories of preparation, challenges, finishing, and sometimes scratching. The stories are generally interesting. Beware of rampant misogyny; apparently their souls will be sucked into tundra if they get slower times than the women. Also, while I recognize the challenge and adventure of the event, I have little patience for people who don't train and prepare enough and cause other individuals to put themselves in harm's way to perform a rescue. About the art: the illustrations are by Jon Van Zyle who is well known for his Alaskan art. Unfortunately, the splendor of his work doesn't come through in uncolored replication.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jean Dupenloup

    A neat book that plunges the reader into the heart of the Iditarod. A famous dogsledding race through the Alaskan wilderness, the Iditarod pits men and women, along with their dog crews, against endless distances, polar conditions, and countless obstacles. The book follows some of the race’s most notable winners and paints quite a portrait of one of the wildest sporting event of all time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Greyson

    20 quick stories about the race, each a brief sketch that leaves one wanting more. It seems like each individual answered a brief questionnaire and the authors sketched it together into a story. Also, the guy who lost in 1985 seems like a dick.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Randa D'aoust

    I read this because I was going to Alaska and hoped to see an Iditarod musher's home & training center. The book is a quick look at several women & men who have raced the Iditarod. It's light and entertaining and gives a quick look at the race. I read this because I was going to Alaska and hoped to see an Iditarod musher's home & training center. The book is a quick look at several women & men who have raced the Iditarod. It's light and entertaining and gives a quick look at the race.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica VanDyke

    I Love Reading anything about the Iditarod! This book was a generous gift from a friend. A nice Quick Read I enjoyed. Love hearing from iditarod legends like The Mackys.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    A compilation of brief stories of mushers that have participated in the Iditarod race.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phil mcginness

  9. 4 out of 5

    Penny

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Kiele

  11. 5 out of 5

    Richard Willis

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teri Deel

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Kurka

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lori Mann

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joni

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lee Ormasa

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tucker Edwards

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    Lyn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Martin

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    Meredith

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer McCarthy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chickadee

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  29. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Curran

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

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