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Beyond the Hundredth Meridian

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian

John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

Book - 1992
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"In this book Wallace Stegner recounts the successes 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."--Back cover.
"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; back cover.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1992, ©1954.
ISBN: 9780140159943
Characteristics: xxiii, 438 pages, [20] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: De Voto, Bernard Augustine 1897-1955


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Jul 26, 2011

Excellent book: the first third is an exciting account of Powell's exploration of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, the rest a slightly more difficult exposition of his research on Indian peoples, geology and dryland irrigation, and his attempts to make a good topographical map of the US and to regulate new settlings so that they would have access to water in the more arid regions of the West.


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