I think most of us have probably seen or heard the story of Balto the dog that saved Nome during the Diptheria epidemic in the 1920’s, but do you know the real story? This is that. An interesting book about the details of the outbreak, how the decision was made to use the sled dogs (although using a plane was considering) and the transit of the men on the sleds through the weather to bring it to safety. I had heard of Balto, but seeing how much else was in the background of the story that I didn’t know about made this a great read. A lot of fascinating information about the history of Alaska, as well as what happened to the people who made up the sled relay after the treatment made it to Nome.
Review: The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs And Men in a Race Against an Epidemic