The Final Frontiersman

The Final Frontiersman : Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness

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Hundreds of hardy people have tried to carve out a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. In The Final Frontiersman, Heimo's cousin James Campbell chronicles Korth's amazing life and adventures, creating a powerful, real-life epic of triumph and tragedy. Campbell spent two years witnessing firsthand the Korth family: Heimo, his wife Edna and their teenage daughters Rhonda and Krin. With impressive detail, the author recounts an everyday existence shaped by a harsh and unforgiving country. In their efforts to preserve the ecology of the land, the Korths lead a nomadic life, waiting patiently for the odd small plane to bring supplies and cultivating hard-earned hunting skills that are all that stand between them and lingering death. By turns inspiring and downright jolting, THE FINAL FRONTIERSMAN reads like a rustic version of the American Dream, in which the physical barriers of a stunning wilderness are no obstacle to forging a life outside of the mainstream.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 20mm | 263g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • map in front matter; 1 8-pg. b&w insert
  • 074345314X
  • 9780743453141
  • 29,744

Review quote

"Heimo Korth and his family face down more adventures in a typical week than most of us experience in a lifetime. A terrific first book -- by turns inspiring and unnerving and never less than wholly absorbing."
-- Bill Bryson, BOMC judge, writing in the Book-of-the-Month Club News "The Final Frontiersman is an icily gripping, intimate profile that stands up well beside Krakauer's classic, and it stands too, as a kind of testament to the rough beauty of improbably wild dreams."
-- Men's Journal "Campbell makes the case that an increasingly urban America -- and its desires for oil, for timber, for neat and packaged wilderness -- is killing and, worse, forgetting the frontier we once worshiped."
-- The New York Times "[One of] the greatest life-or-death tales ever told."
-- Esquire "What makes this more than just a profile of a fascinating personality is Campbell's deft weaving of Alaskan history into Korth's tale."
-- Publishers Weekly
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About James Campbell

James Campbell has written for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and Men's Journal, among other publications. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters.
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1,416 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 43% (607)
4 38% (543)
3 16% (223)
2 2% (33)
1 1% (10)
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