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Book Recommended

By Rob Holston


February 10, 2020
Monday PM

ALASKA’S INSIDE PASSAGE by Dale Pihlman is a book I purchased as a “self gift” before Christmas and finished reading it in time to recommend it to several friends for their Christmas. I’ve known Dale for years and have admiration for his insights and I expected a good product yet his book delivers far beyond any expectations.

The book highlights Nature, History, Native Culture & Industries with over 500 images in full color. Although I have finished reading this book I will never be finished using it as a reference. I have worked in the tourism industry for the past 35 years and would recommend this book to ALL tour guides in Ketchikan and the greater S.E. Alaska territory. I would lobby for ALASKA’S INSIDE PASSAGE, by Dale Pihlman to be adopted as a text book for high school & college level history courses. It is truly an amazing resource.

Of special interest should be to anyone of Native descent. Dale’s insightful treatment of Native history both pre & post contact will add a depth of understanding for Natives and non-natives alike.

As a retired educator and lifetime member of the Tongass Historical Society, I would encourage parents to purchase this book as a “read to your kids book” for children of most ages. Read a chapter, a section, a story and your kids will enjoy it and become educated, along with you! This book is available at Parnassus Books, 105 Stedman St., Ketchikan.

Rob Holston
Ketchikan, Alaska





Editor's Note:

The text of this letter was edited by the SitNews Editor by a rearranging a few words to clarify a sentence.

Received February 05, 2020 - Published February 10, 2020

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