Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner recounts the remarkable career of Major John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of the Southwest Indian tribes. This classic work is a penetrating and insightful study of Powell's career, from the beginning of the Powell Survey, in which Powell and his men famously became the first to descend the Colorado River, to his eventual expulsion from the Geological Survey. In masterful prose, Stegner details the expedition, as well as the philosophies and ideas that drove Powell. A prophet without honor who had a profound understanding of the American West, Powell warned long ago of the dangers economic exploitation would pose to the West-and he spent a good deal of his life battling Washington politics to get his message across. Only now may we recognize just how accurate a prophet he was.
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by Wallace Stegner
by Peter Matthiessen
by Alan Taylor
by Harold Holzer
by Timothy Snyder
"Wallace Stegner's history of John Wesley Powell's 1879 journey to explore America includes his famous two-month trip down the Colorado River. Beginning at the Great Plains--the hundredth meridian--Powell filled in huge blanks on the map of the U.S., making his notes as important as those of Lewis and Clark in his explorations of the West. Narrator Mark Bramhall, like the great river, starts a little slow but becomes more and more animated as the huge rapids and steep canyon walls begin to conquer the men and the boats. Bramhall's sonorous and sandy voice varies in volume and speed to match the mood of the oarsmen as they face starvation and uncertainty about how much more danger lies ahead. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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