Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell / Edition 1

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Overview

John Wesley Powell was the last of the nation's great continental explorers and America's first great bioregional thinker. In Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell, award-winning writer and historian William deBuys brilliantly sets the historical context, bringing together selections from Powell's work ranging from a gripping account of his epic descent of the Colorado River to his views on the evolution of civilization, along with the seminal writings in which he set forth his ideas on western settlement and resource management. What his work and life reveal to us is an enduringly valuable way of thinking about land, water, and society as parts of an interconnected whole.
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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
DeBuys, a historian, conservationist, and writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, provides a general introduction to the extraordinary life and work of John Wesley Powell (1834-1902), and section introductions setting his work in context. Powell's writing, much of which has been out of print for decades, records his insightful thinking about the settlement and governance of the West and the allocation and conservation of its resources. In particular, this collection includes selections from the 1878 and related magazine articles. Color maps and some b&w photos augment the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
author of <i>A River Running West</i> - Donald Worster
"This is a superb selection of the most important writings of the great American explorer, scientist, and conservationist. Powell's name has often been evoked over the past century, but few people have had access to the full range of his vigorous prose. Now deBuys has given us an exceptionally good introduction to the man, his ideas, and his America."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559638739
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Pioneers of Conservation Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William deBuys is a historian, conservationist, and writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His books include Enchantment and Exploitation (University of New Mexico Press, 1989), River of Traps (University of New Mexico Press, 1996), and Salt Dreams (University of New Mexico Press, 1999). 

John Wesley Powell (1834 – 1902) was a US soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first known passage through the Grand Canyon.

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Table of Contents

Maps and Photographs
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Seeing Things Whole 1
Biographical Chronology 25
Pt. I Down the Colorado: Letters from the Wilderness Post
Selection 1 The Party Has Reached This Point in Safety 39
Selection 2 The Wreck of the No-Name 41
Pt. II Voyage into the Great Unknown
Selection 3 Through the Grand Canyon from the Little Colorado to the Virgin River 61
Pt. III Among the Natives of the Colorado Plateau
Selection 4 Camped with Shivwits and the Fate of the Separated Three 99
Selection 5 The Ancient Province of Tusayan 107
Pt. IV Report on the Lands of the Arid Region
Selection 6 Preface and Table of Contents 149
Selection 7 Physical Characteristics of the Arid Region 156
Selection 8 The Land System Needed for the Arid Region 185
Pt. V The Nation's Expert
Selection 9 Tree on Arid Lands 219
Selection 10 The Lesson of Conemaugh 226
Selection 11 Address to the Montana Constitutional Convention 235
Pt. VI Advice for the Century
Selection 12 The Irrigable Lands of the Arid Region 225
Selection 13 The Non-Irrigable Lands of the Arid Region 281
Selection 14 Institutions for the Arid Lands 299
Pt. VII A Philosopher for Humankind
Selection 15 From Barbarism to Civilization 325
Selection 16 Competition as a Factor in Human Evolution 340
Works by John Wesley Powell 359
Secondary Works Cited 369
Index 375
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