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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Review: The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

Powell engages the reader with details of the geology and area, the river voyage and exploration, ruins and encounters with native Americans. The account is nicely written and breathtaking in detail ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chuck - Goodreads

This is a very difficult book to review because in effect it is a number of different books and is better at accomplishing some things than others. First of all it is an adventure. It is the story of ... 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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