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

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

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by Wallace Stegner
     
 

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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

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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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Patricia Limerick
The surrender of self-righteousness would be an enormous boon to the environmental cause. Acknowledging the unedited, complicated, utilitarian John Wesley Powell as an ideological parent would be a big step in that laudable direction, and it is this step that Worster's thorough and empathetic biography makes possible.
Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140159943
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
158,354
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Castanea More than 1 year ago
Stegner's well-told story of the life of Powell begins with an adventurous account of the first descent of the Colorado and ends with an account of Powell's navigation of Washington politics in his efforts to bring science and reason to Western public land and water policies.
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