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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,035 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wallace Stegner Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner recounts the remarkable career of Major John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of the Southwest Indian tribes. This classic work is a penetrating and insightful study of Powell’s career, from the beginning of the Powell Survey, in which Powell and his men famously became the first to descend the Colorado River, to his eventual ouster from the Geological Survey. In masterful prose, Stegner details the expedition, as well as the philosophies and ideas that drove Powell.

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 he spent a good deal of his life battling Washington politics to get his message across. Only now may we recognize just how accurate a prophet he was.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stegner’s most exciting work.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The surrender of self-righteousness would be an enormous boon to the environmental cause. Acknowledging the unedited, complicated, utilitarian John Wesley Powell as an ideological parent would be a big step in that laudable direction, and it is this step that Worster’s thorough and empathetic biography makes possible.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “No library of western/southwestern materials can be without this book.”

    Books of the Southwest

  • “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, American novelist

  • “Narrator Mark Bramhall, like the great river, starts a little slow but becomes more and more animated as the huge rapids and steep canyon walls begin to conquer the men and the boats. Bramhall’s sonorous and sandy voice varies in volume and speed to match the mood of the oarsmen as they face starvation and uncertainty about how much more danger lies ahead.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/14/2014

    " I got tired of this and returned it to the library before I finished it. I think the subject matter would probably be interesting in a different setting, but even during the exciting bits I couldn't get much beyond 'meh' with this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 2/5/2014

    " This book is a really informative book. The first half of the book deals with the exploration of river canyons in North Eastern Utah. The second half the book deals with politics but both parts are great in a different ways. After reading the explorations part of this book all I could thank about for days was joining a rafting adventure down the Greene and Grande Rivers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robin | 1/30/2014

    " A wonderful story told in an agonizingly boring way. Skimmed the last half only to find out about the jobs he held during his career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 1/25/2014

    " Currently reading - and it's great! "

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