Coming into the Country

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Coming into the Country
John McPhee - Coming into the Country.jpeg
AuthorJohn McPhee
CountryUnited States
PublisherFarrar, Straus, and Giroux
Publication date
December 1, 1977
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages438 pp
LC ClassF910 .M29 1977

Coming into the Country is a 1976 book by John McPhee about Alaska and McPhee's travels through much of the state with bush pilots, prospectors, and settlers, as well as politicians and businesspeople who each interpret the state in different ways.

One of his most widely read books, Coming into the Country is divided into three sections, "At the Northern Tree Line: The Encircled River," "In Urban Alaska: What They Were Hunting For," and "In the Bush: Coming into the Country."

Like all of McPhee's books, Coming into the Country started out as an outline that he proceeded to fill in. It is McPhee's best selling book.[1]

After the publication of Coming into the Country, The New York Times called McPhee "the most versatile journalist in America." [2]

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  1. ^ Sims, Norman (1996). "John McPhee" (PDF). Dictionary of Literary Biography, American Literary Journalists, 1945–1995. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  2. ^ "New York Times". New York Times. November 27, 1977.

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