The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

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Penguin Books, 2003 - History - 432 pages
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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

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John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) was a professor of geology and director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) was the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including the National Book Award-winning The Spectator Bird and Angle of Repose, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

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