Wesley Earl Dunkle
Alaska's Flying Miner
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
At the dawn of the twentieth century, Alaska was as important to the United States for its copper and coal as it is currently for oil and natural gas. Vast, disputed, and controversial, Alaska was also the land Dunkle came to call home. The pages of Hawley's biography of this flying miner paint a vivid picture of the political and legal battles over resource management that were so critical to Alaska's history before and following statehood, and provides insight into the environmental, social, and economic changes wrought by the industrial expansion and development spanned by Dunkle's life.
An obvious choice for anyone interested in the mining industry, Wesley Earl Dunkle is also an important book for readers of Western history and biography, and for Alaskans interested in the engine of Alaska's economic development.