Books: Well-Done Alaska

COMING INTO THE COUNTRY by John McPhee

Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 438 pages; $10.95

Airlines and communications satellites foster the impression that the rest of the world is just around the corner. Many people derive cozy feelings from this notion of a shrinking globe. But in others, the concept gives rise to claustrophobia. They need a planet that still holds inaccessible places, both beautiful and stubbornly impervious to the designs of man. Author John McPhee has good news for these true believers. He has discovered such a place, and this book is his report.

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