Hundreds of capable outdoorsman have tried to carve out a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. Lyrically told by Heimo's cousin James Campbell, THE FINAL FRONTIERSMAN (Atria Books; May 25, 2004; $25.00; Hardcover; Non-Fiction), chronicles Korth's amazing life and adventures, creating a powerful, real-life epic of triumph and tragedy.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
"Heimo Korth and his family face down more adventures in a typical week than most of us experience in a lifetime. This is their story ably told by James Campbell, both a gifted writer and Korth's cousin. The result is a terrific first book-by turns inspiring and unnerving and never less than wholly absorbing."
"Campbell has an acute eye for the details of the Korths' lives. While paying tribute to that exceptional life, 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 worshipped."
--New York Times Book Review
--BOMC Judge Bill Bryson, writing in the Book-Of-The-Month-Club News.
"A powerful evocation of a vanishing way of life."
"Journalist Campbell has written a worthy sequel to John McPhee's classic Coming Into the Country that is a powerful tale in its own right. What makes this more than just a profile of a fascinating personality is Campbell's deft weaving of Alaskan history into Korth's tale, showing how the recent influx of developers and ecotourists is making the trapping life 'more of an anachronism with each passing year'."
"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."
--Jonathan Miles, writing in the May 2004 Issue of Men's Journal