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Sam Keith , Richard Proenneke
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Sep 2006
To live in a pristine land unchanged by roam a wilderness through which few other humans have choose an idyllic site, fell trees, and build a log be a self-sufficient be content with your own thoughts and company...Thousands have such dreams. Few realise them. This is the inspiring true tale of one man's journey to leave the rat race and live a simpler life in the wilderness. Using journals, photographs, and a first-hand knowledge of his subject, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his dreams out of the Alaskan wilderness.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books; 26 Anv edition (Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882405136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882405131
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""[Proenneke's] journals froms the text of this handsome book, and his parkling color slides illustrate it with a beauty that tugs at your heart and sets your heels to itching just a little. You owe yourself the pleasure of this book."" "---Biloxi Sun Hearld"

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Sam Keith had privileged access to the journals and photographs of Richard Proenneke and created a bestseller when this book was first published in the 1970s. With this updated 26th edition, Alaska Northwest proudly brings the book back into print.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the soul! 12 Mar 2009
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This is a wonderful, heart-warming story of one man making a life for himself in Alaska. You become very involved in his daily routines, his observations of life. His attitude about everything is so positive, it lifts you. I was sad when the book finished. Read this book and be blessed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 14 April 2009
Enjoyed this asit was a personal account of a man who went his own way and lived his dream. As it was written almost on a
day to day experience you got a real feel of how life was like, how the weather was and how he enjoyed his lifestyle, so simple as it was. Also he showed some lovely turns of phrase, would like to read more of his works, if there is any ? Very practical for anyone also who would like to do a self build.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul food of a book 1 Feb 2010
I LOVED this book. I wasn't sure if it was a book I'd finish before I started to read it when I realised it was a day to day account of one man's progress towards the building of a cabin, plus all the accoutriments required and day to day experiences throughout the seasons, to realise a dream of living alone in the wildersness of Alaska. Once I started it however I was HOOKED. What also came through was the 'measure of the man, which was inspirational, his joys and his quiet strength of character. 'One Mans Wilderness' will never be 'passed on'. Like 'North to the Night', it will be 'lent' only to people I trust to return it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alaskan Odyssey 17 July 2010
Not exciting but interesting one man dreamed of leaving the modern world behind and living closer to nature
from building a cabin with a few basic tools to hunting for just enough meat for his needs and salvaging carcasses abandoned by sport hunters.
he describes in a non sentimental way his animal and avian neighbours his attempts to fish for supper record success and failure this is no superman but a man of middle age who works hard to live the life he wants He doesn't deny the help he receives from his pilot friend
this book is well worth a read if you consider yourself sufficient in out look as it describes the work needed to live largely off the grid (before there was a grid)it could be used as a how to book on building a log cabin but more than that it shows a mind set that has rejected modern society and lives by his rules but without his lifestyle impinging on anyone else,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 28 April 2014
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A series of diary entries covering Dick Proenneke's first year living alone in a cabin built by his own two hands, this is a captivating read. We follow Proenneke as he first builds his own cabin then proceeds to live as much as possible from the land, hunting, fishing, picking berries and growing vegetables. What is truly amazing is that this mostly solitary individual continued to live this way for the next thirty years. Proenneke was the real Grizzly Adams - minus the bear of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 14 Oct 2009
This is an excellent book really enjoyable a great inspiration to follow your dreams.It's one of them books that puts you right in the the picture.Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish you were here 30 Oct 2013
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I first saw this book while staying with family in Canada in September this year. There are also videos to accompany it, but they are only available on and might not play here in the UK. Having watched one of the videos whilst in Canada, I was interested in reading the story of this very intrepid man who built his cabin from scratch with no power tools to help him. The book is written in the form of a diary and is taken from his original notes. It is very descriptive regarding obtaining the necessary building materials for the cabin, catching and growing his food, his journeys in his canoe, and on foot through the bush. I particularly enjoyed reading about the animals which he photographed and the ones that visited around his cabin. His friend Babe would fly in his supplies and keep him in contact with the outside world. To live in such an isolated place and to cope with Winter temperatures and surviving is truly an amazing story. If you hanker for the great outdoors, then you will enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 11 Oct 2013
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Inspiring just about sums it up ! Makes you just want to jump into the nearest float plane leaving the office as a dark distant memory and go out and just do it ! In fact it's not until you read the more up to date Guy Grieve's "Call of the Wild" that you might have second thoughts. One Man's Wilderness is an edited version of Richards Proenneke's original 1968 journals. On reading it you soon realise that Richard is one very tough, very skilled and experienced dude, from an era before "modern man" was born. Personally I think the writing style doesn't flow easily and the second half of the book isn't quite so captivating as Guy Grieve's book but is still worth getting a copy even so. An unedited "More Readings from One Mans Wilderness" is also available for the ultra dedicated ! Hope this helps
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars the book should have been titled "One man builds a cabin"
the book should have been titled "One man builds a cabin", that's all he really talks about is building the cabin, a rather boring book
Published 8 months ago by Simon Davidson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I found the book quite boring. I thought it would be more about survival but just goes on about animals and building a hut throughout the book.
Published 12 months ago by G. Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars wilderness
a fantastic book .a man who built is own cabin and tools from less than nothing, lived alone no pets apart from a couple of wild birds who took food from his hand. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ma larkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate wild living - excellent
Dick Proenneke is, to my mind, the father of wilderness living. The book is beautifully written and very hard to put down! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elen Sentier
4.0 out of 5 stars exceelent read
a great read writtne in a diary style log. Makes you feel like you are right there bulding teh cabin and hunting and gathering with Dick Preonike. Read more
Published 18 months ago by bukowski
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so envious
I simply couldn't put this book down. I doubt if is possible in this day and age to have the opportunity to be alone 'mostly' and to be able to build a cabin in a place of such... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Taffeta Rustles
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
I love books written by people who have lived in the wilderness and I've read quite a few, but the way this one has been written, to me, just turns what should be a real experience... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2012 by Clive Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars One Man's Wilderness
This is a great story of one mans dream to escape to the wilderness, where he builds, and lives in, a log cabin in Alaska. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by Neilo
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