About the Book

Crude Awakening

Crude Awakening

Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska
1st Edition
November 2011
Hardcover · 304 Pages
$26.99 U.S. · $31.50 CAN · £15.99 U.K. · €19.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781568584478
Nation Books


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Crude Awakening is the rollicking story of politics in America’s last frontier and oil province—Alaska, the nation’s most wild and mysterious state, where politics and oil blurred on the day wildcatters struck it big in 1968. Living in a northern Never Land, where oil companies and the federal government kept the state living high and wild, a handful of players ran the show. Among them were the late Sen. Ted Stevens and oilman Bill Allen, the Tony Soprano of Alaska who controlled the political machine until the FBI arrived to root out corruption, only to be accused of playing as dirty as those they were investigating. These characters and events paved the way for Sarah Palin’s rise to fame and fall from glory in Alaska. Authors Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger chart the epic tale of these three characters, set in a state of soaring hopes, fading dreams, drying oil fields and an uncertain future.

About the Authors

Amanda Coyne is co-founder of AlaskaDispatch, an online news site devoted to covering the state. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and The Guardian. She lives in Anchorage.

Tony Hopfinger has reported on Alaska politics and oil since coming to the state in 1999. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Alaska Dispatch. He lives in Anchorage.