Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon

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Flagstaff, AZ-based authors Ghiglieri, a biologist who leads river trips in the Grand Canyon and abroad, and Myers (Fateful Journey: Injury and Death on Colorado River Trips in Grand Canyon), a medical doctor who has treated hundreds of Canyon injuries, have compiled a fascinating chronicle of deaths and dangers in Grand Canyon National Park. The book is arranged by category falls, dehydration, floods, the Colorado River, air crashes, freak accidents, suicides, and murder and at the end of each chapter is a chronological list with names, descriptions, and causes of the accidents. The authors show that most of the deaths, whether of tourists, prospectors, or experienced adventurers, occurred when people failed to pay attention to warning signs or did not use common sense; others are attributed to high testosterone levels. The episodes are engrossing, but one becomes sated with the details after a while. For public and large academic libraries. George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970097316
  • Publisher: Puma Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    Hard to put down, but flawed

    I'm reading this book now. I have hike parts of the canyon and find it eerie to read about accidents that have happened in places I have been. While I agree with other reviewers that the book is engrossing, some chapters get a bit tedious. I find it unfortunate that the authors use human tragedy to subtly--and sometimes not so subtly--make what are essentially political arguments. I also have some technical issues with their data analysis. I suspect that many of their conclusions are probably correct (for example, that lone young men are at higher risk for making stupid decisions), their methodology is not rigorous. It would never pass muster as a research article.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    Great for short-attention span readers!

    I cannot sit down for more that 10 or 20 minutes with a book. This book is no exception, but that's the beauty of how the authors structured the chapters. They separated the topics quite strategically (Death by Floods, Death by Natural Disasters, by Murder, by Air, etc.), so that people like me with a short attention span can put the book down knowing that it can be picked up and resumed at anytime with just as much interest as before. My favorite parts are the tables at the end of each chapter that list the tragedies chronically, so that if I want I can go back and read the details. Genius, Guys! My most favorite section is the summation at the end--The Grand Canyon is not an amusement park, and we need to respect its wrath as well as beauty and splendor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

    Interesting book if you have or want to visit the Grand Canyon

    The book was well researched and easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2007


    I found this book by sheer accident, and I couldn't put it down! I'm amazed at how stupid people can be when standing on the edge of a chasm like that. Never climb over a barrier wall, especially backwards. Not at all morbid. Very educational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    Chicago chick

    VERY GOOD!!! Well written, informative, and highly interesting. And it could save your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    Could not put it down!

    Recommended by a co-worker, I saved it to read on the trip. An historical, well written page turner, it set the tone for the mysterious Grand Canyon region. My husband and teenage sons found the book equally as fascinating. Non-fiction at it's best, letting the facts tell the stories, and teach the lessons. A great book, even if you never go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    lover of grand canyon

    I'm a resident of Page, Arizona, and frequently enjoy the various recreational opportunities that Grand Canyon has to offer. This book is a great representation of what can happen there if the right precautions are not taken, or what people do to deliberately get themselves killed or hurt. I love reading this book because it is also a very detailed historical account of the goings on of the Grand Canyon before my time. You are in for a very interesting and informative read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Over the Edge lives up to it's name!

    As a recent visitor to the Grand Canyon I found this book to be prominently displayed at every gift shop and the like, near the canyon. While I was curious about it, I knew I could save some of my precious travel money and order it once I returned home. It was very much worth the wait. While hiking a few of the trails I realized how difficult they could be for the unprepared. This book realisticly brings all of those stories, and many more, to life. The many adventures and misadventures of the canyon are amazing, and may help you choose the safest mode of viewing The Canyon. If you are interested in History/Non-Fiction this is a GREAT book.

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