Victor Fischer

Victor Fischer
Professor Emeritus Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)

MPA, Harvard University; MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BA, University of Wisconsin

Born in Berlin, Germany, Victor Fischer, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin. He also received the Littauer Fellowship in public administration from Harvard University (1961-1962). Fischer worked as a town planner in New Hampshire and later held several planning related positions in Alaska. He was a delegate to the Alaska Constitution Convention (1955-1956) after which he served in the territorial House of Representatives (!957-1959) and the Alaska State Senate. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and of the University of Alaska Anchorage and was primarily associated with the Institute for Social and Economic Research. His current work includes studying Alaska Native and regional governance issues


 Autobiography of Mark TwainAutobiography of Mark Twain, vol. 1

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. "And I will give it away—to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography." Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his "Final (and Right) Plan" for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion—to "talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment"—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind." The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain's death. This major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol 2 Autobiography of Mark Twain, vol. 2

The eagerly-awaited Volume 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain's life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. Filled with his characteristic blend of humor and ire, the narrative ranges effortlessly across the contemporary scene. He shares his views on writing and speaking, his preoccupation with money, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by turns, his intractable curiosity and candor are everywhere on view.

To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey

Son of the famous American journalist Louis Fischer, who corresponded from Germany and then Moscow, and the Russian writer Markoosha Fischer, Victor Fischer grew up in the shadow of Hitler and Stalin, watching his friends' parents disappear after political arrests. Eleanor Roosevelt personally engineered the Fischer family's escape from Russia, and soon after Victor was serving in the US Army in World War II and fighting opposite his childhood friends in the Russian and German armies. Finally, Fischer brings his memoir up to the present, describing how he has returned to Russia many times to bring the lessons of Alaska freedom and prosperity to the newly democratic states.