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River Running West : the Life of John Wesley Powell (01 Edition)

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If the word "hero" still belonged in the historian's lexicon, it would certainly be applied to John Wesley Powell. Intrepid explorer, careful scientist, talented writer, and dedicated conservationist, Powell led the expedition that put the Colorado River on American maps and revealed the Grand Canyon to the world. Now comes the first biography of this towering figure in almost fifty years--a book that captures his life in all its heroism, idealism, and ambivalent, ambiguous humanity.

In A River Running West, Donald Worster, one of our leading Western historians, tells the story of Powell's great adventures and describes his historical significance with compelling clarity and skill. Worster paints a vivid portrait of how this man emerged from the early nineteenth-century world of immigrants, fervent religion, and rough-and-tumble rural culture, and barely survived the Civil War battle at Shiloh. The heart of Worster's biography is Powell's epic journey down the Colorado in 1869, a tale of harrowing experiences, lethal accidents, and breathtaking discoveries. After years in the region collecting rocks and fossils and learning to speak the local Native American languages, Powell returned to Washington as an eloquent advocate for the West, one of America's first and most influential conservationists. But in the end, he fell victim to a clique of Western politicians who pushed for unfettered economic development, relegating the aging explorer to a quiet life of anthropological contemplation.

John Wesley Powell embodied the energy, optimism, and westward impulse of the young United States. A River Running West is a gorgeously written, magisterial account of this great American explorer and environmental pioneer, a true story of undaunted courage in the American West.

Review:

"Worster gathers together more material on Powell than that contained in both previous biographies combined, and the result is a more complex and richly detailed picture of a man he sees as an exemplary 19th-century American....This splendid, vivid and prodigiously researched biography brings Powell back to life." The New York Times Book Review

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"Thought-provoking....Powell's public activities, in the American West and in the mires of Washington, supply readers with an unusually interesting and instructive tale....thorough and empathetic." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Synopsis:

John Wesley Powell, the great American explorer and environmental pioneer, embodied the energy, optimism, and westward impulse of the young United States. "A River Running West" is a gorgeously written, magisterial account of this towering figure, a true story of undaunted courage. 42 halftones. 7 maps.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [611]-644) and index.

About the Author

Donald Worster is Hall Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas. His books include The Wealth of Nature, Under Western Skies, and the Bancroft Prize-winning Dust Bowl. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195156355
Author:
Worster, Donald
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Donald
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
History, American | Western
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
55 halftones, and maps
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
6 x 9.19 x 1.75 in 2.15 lb

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Product details 688 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195156355 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Worster gathers together more material on Powell than that contained in both previous biographies combined, and the result is a more complex and richly detailed picture of a man he sees as an exemplary 19th-century American....This splendid, vivid and prodigiously researched biography brings Powell back to life."
"Review" by , "Thought-provoking....Powell's public activities, in the American West and in the mires of Washington, supply readers with an unusually interesting and instructive tale....thorough and empathetic."
"Synopsis" by , John Wesley Powell, the great American explorer and environmental pioneer, embodied the energy, optimism, and westward impulse of the young United States. "A River Running West" is a gorgeously written, magisterial account of this towering figure, a true story of undaunted courage. 42 halftones. 7 maps.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [611]-644) and index.
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