The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 27, 2003 - History - 432 pages
18 Reviews
One of the great works of American exploration literature, this account of a scientific expedition forced to survive famine, attacks, mutiny, and some of the most dangerous rapids known to man remains as fresh and exciting today as it was in 1874.

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, recently ranked number four on Adventure magazine’s list of top 100 classics, is legendary pioneer John Wesley Powell’s first-person account of his crew’s unprecedented odyssey along the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon. A bold foray into the heart of the American West’s final frontier, the expedition was achieved without benefit of modern river-running equipment, supplies, or a firm sense of the region’s perilous topography and the attitudes of the native inhabitants towards whites.

  

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

It is now 2014. To realize how much John Wesley Powell knew during the time of the Civil War is humbling. He was smart, brave and a very good writer. His dedication of this book is the best and most moving dedication I have ever read. Read this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Riff Denbow - Goodreads

Well written, scientific but entertaining, capital stuff, bully indeed. The courage of these man is inspiring. To dare so greatly, to risk one's life for science, human knowledge, and the accomplishment of doing something never done before. Read full review

Contents

THE VALLEY OF THE COLORADO
MESAS AND BUTTES
MOUNTAINS AND PLATEAUS
CLIFFS AND TERRACES
FROM GREEN RIVER CITY TO FLAMING GORGE
FROM FLAMING GORGE TO THE GATE
THE CANYON OF LODORE
FROM ECHO PARK TO THE MOUTH OF
FROM THE JUNCTION OF THE GRAND AND GREEN
FROM THE LITTLE COLORADO TO THE FOOT
THE RIO VIRGEN AND THE UINKARET
OVER THE RIVER
TO ZUNI
THE GRAND CANYON
FOR THE BEST IN PAPERBACKS LOOK FOR
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FROM THE MOUTH OF THE UINTA RIVER TO

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About the author (2003)

Terry Tempest Williams is the author of "Refuge: An Unnat-ural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger; Leap; and Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert," A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Fellowship in creative nonfiction, she lives in the redrock desert of southern Utah.
T. H. Watkins (1936-2000) was the first Wallace Stegner Distinguished Professor of Western American Studies at Montana State University, and the author of twenty-eight books.

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