In this rip roaring adventure and love story – told as a historical novel – Aleksandr Baranov, a charismatic Russian leader, left his family in 1790 to sail to Alaska as the Tsar’s chief manager there. Shipwrecked, he survived a harsh wilderness; motivated Aleuts to help him; married a young Native; and endured massacres from the Tlingit, meddling priests, the Battle of Sitka and a running duel with powerful Tlingit Chief Katlian. He built an empire and sought peace with the Tlingit, helped by his wife and teenage daughter. Alaska is part of the U.S. today, thanks largely to Baranov.
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