Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West (Google eBook)
In this book Wallace Stegner recounts the sucesses and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest. 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 spent a good deal of his life overcoming Washington politics in getting his message across. Only now, we may recognize just how accurate a prophet he was.
"This book goes far beyond biography, into the nature and soul of the American West. It is Stegner at his best, assaying an entire era of our history, packing his pages with insights as shrewd as his prose." —Ivan Doig
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stevesmits - LibraryThing
I bought this book during our first trip to the Southwest. Before this trip I had not thought too much about the West; it's there and it's big, that's about the extent of my perception. Stegner's book ... Read full review
Review: Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the WestUser Review - Dallan Andrus - Goodreads
I'm from Page, AZ, and I really wanted to love this book. But in the end, I can't give a book that took me 4 months to get thru more than 3 stars. Some of it was great, but some of it was very slow ... Read full review