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

From the “dean of Western writers” (The New York Times) and the Pulitzer Prize winning–author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety, a fascinating look at the old American West and the man who prophetically warned against the dangers of settling it
 
In Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140159943
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1992
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 110,510
Product dimensions: 5.05(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wallace Stegner (1909–1993) published more than two dozen books throughout his life, including the novels Angle of Repose, which won the Pulitzer Prize; Crossing to Safety; The Big Rock Candy Mountain; and The Spectator Bird, which won the National Book Award. An early environmentalist, Stegner was instrumental—with his now famous “Wilderness Letter”—in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. 

Date of Birth:

February 18, 1909

Date of Death:

April 13, 1993

Place of Birth:

Lake Mills, Iowa

Place of Death:

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Education:

B.A., University of Utah, 1930; attended University of California, 1932-33; Ph. D., State University of Iowa, 1935

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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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