Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

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Penguin, Mar 1, 1992 - History - 496 pages
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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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Review: Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Essential reading for people who, like me, who feel at home in the American West. Masterfully written--it's Stegner, after all--it includes important reminders about water in the West, especially as ... Read full review

Review: Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

Wallace Stegner's book about John Wesley Powell is part bioagraphy of an underappreciated American pioneer and his exploits, and part biography of the self-educated naturalist and author of a classic ... Read full review

Contents

THE THRESHOLD
THE PLATEAU PROVINCE
BLUEPRINT FOR A DRYLAND DEMOCRACY
THE REVENUE OF NEW DISCOVERY
THE OPPORTUNITY
THE INHERITANCE
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