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Beyond the hundredth meridian : John Wesley Powell and the second opening of the West

Author: Wallace Stegner; Bernard De Voto
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1992, ©1954.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John Wesley Powell; John Wesley Powell; John Wesley Powell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wallace Stegner; Bernard De Voto
ISBN: 0140159940 9780140159943
OCLC Number: 25821350
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1954.
Description: xxiii, 438 pages, [20] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: Author's note --
Introduction by Bernard DeVoto --
Threshold --
Plateau province --
Blueprint for a dryland democracy --
Revenue of new discovery --
Opportunity --
Inheritance --
Notes --
Index.
Other Titles: John Wesley Powell and the second opening of the West
Responsibility: by Wallace Stegner ; with an introduction by Bernard De Voto.

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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.

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