Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon : Gripping Accounts of All Known Fatal Mishaps in the Most Famous of the World's Seven Natural Wonders

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Puma Press, 2012 - Social Science - 586 pages
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"Aside from being the most famous and most visited of the World's Seven Natural Wonders, Grand Canyon also holds the reputation of being Mother Nature's most impressive death trap. How well deserved is this reputation? Why does this reputation seem so credible? And what, exactly, are the most lethal dangers that Grand Canyon poses? Are they its soaring cliffs, or its heat, or its bewildering maze of unscalable rock leading to "nowhere?" Or instead is it the "Killer Colorado" rushing through its Inner Gorge? Grand Canyon's death toll below the rims leaves Mount Everest's appalling record in the dust. This ambitious, well researched, and absolutely gripping book Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon explores every Canyon danger and chronicles every fatal error made by those who failed to respect them. These pages recount story after story of Man Meets Grand Canyon?and Underestimates It. Casual visitors, adventurers, prospectors, and professional outdoorsmen alike have stepped up to the sudden edge of the vast, unforgiving, desert crucible of Grand Canyon, and failed to understand what they saw. These true stories are suspenseful, engaging, and often astounding. And while many are tragic, the accounts of near-misses offer inspiration and often humor as well. Every story told here?whether of foolish errors or heroism?offers a lesson of survival. The dangers of Grand Canyon mentioned above?plus an astounding and lethal array of other dangers yet?have claimed hundreds of victims. And this amazing book Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon covers them all." -- from publisher's website.

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I was a little bit disappointed by Michael Ghilglieri's book "Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon," mostly because my expectations were different for the book. I envisioned it something more like ... Read full review

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Accounts of the surprising number of different ways people can demonstrate natural selection in action. Although the title implies falling off the edge is the principal means of winning the Darwin ... Read full review

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