Looking for the perfect book to read on a cold, snowy, winter evening? You can’t do much better than The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic.
This is the amazing story of the first ever unofficial Iditarod dog sled race, run not for fame or fortune, but to save a small, isolated frontier town from being wiped out by disease.
“When a deadly diptheria epidemic swept through Nome, Alaska, in 1925, the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin, his patients would die,” reads the back of the book. “The life-saving serum was a thousand miles away, the port was icebound, and planes couldn’t fly in blizzard conditions – only dogs could make it. The heroic dash of dog teams across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and immortalized Balto, the lead dog of the last team whose bronze statue still stands in New York City’s Central Park. This is the greatest dog story, never fully told until now.”
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