Synopses & Reviews
0n May 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. No one had ever explored the fabled Grand Canyon; to adventurers of that era it was a region almost as mysterious as Atlantis -- and as perilous.
The ten men set out down the mighty Colorado River in wooden rowboats. Six survived. Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, true story.
“Written with authority and zeal, this rich narrative is popular history at its best.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Edward Dolnicks Down the Great Unknown is both good history and a successful adventure yarn.” Harper & #8217;s Magazine
Includes bibliographical references (p. -354) and index.
In May 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West: the fabled Grand Canyon. Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, this is the first book to tell the full, dramatic story of John Wesley Powell's expedition. 16-page photo insert. Maps and index.
About the Author
Edward Dolnick is the former chief science writer at the Boston Globe. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and many other publications. He made his first Grand Canyon river trip twenty years ago. He is married and has two children.