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"The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men" by Gay Salisbury & Laney Salisbury
"The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men" by Gay Salisbury & Laney Salisbury


 
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When a deadly diptheria epidemic swept through Nome, Alaska, in 1925, the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin, his patients would die. The life-saving 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 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 book is a fantastic read for those interested, not only in the legendary feat of the above doctor, but more importantly, the historically renowned Leonhard Sepalla whose charisma as a musher is known throughout the mushing community. The modern sled dog driver may attribute Sepalla's skill with handling the siberian!


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