Two authors, three vivid accounts of the unique historical ties between Russians and Alaskans. Mike Dunham’s two books delve into the sale of Russian Alaska to the United States. One book tells the story from the Russian point of view. The other tells the story from the United States point of view. And David Ramseur explores the neglected story of Alaskan citizen diplomacy during the Cold War. This is a unique opportunity to meet both authors at once!
David Ramseur is a visiting scholar in public policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. He is a former Alaska journalist and political aide to two Alaska governors and former U.S. Sen. Begich. Ramseur made his first of a dozen visits to the USSR on Alaska Airlines’ 1988 “Friendship Flight,” which reunited Native peoples of common languages and cultures for the first time in four decades. His book, Melting the Ice Curtain, will be published June 1 by University of Alaska Press.
Former Alaska Dispatch News arts reporter and editor Mike Dunham is the author of "The Man Who Sold Alaska: Tsar Alexander II of Russia" and "The Man Who Bought Alaska: William H. Seward," both published by Todd Communications.