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A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell

Author: Donald Worster
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. In A River Running West, Donald Worster tells the story of Powell's great adventures and describes his historical significance. Worster paints a vivid portrait of how this man emerged from the early nineteenth-century  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Wesley Powell; John Wesley Powell; John Wesley Powell; J W Powell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Worster
ISBN: 0195099915 9780195099911 0195156358 9780195156355
OCLC Number: 44019106
Awards: Winner of Selected as a Library Journal Best Book of 2001 Winner of the 2002 Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association Regional Book Award.
Winner of Reading the West (Adult Nonfiction) 2002
Winner of National Outdoor Book Awards (History/Biography) 2001
Winner of Spur Awards (Western Biography) 2001
Description: xiii, 673 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: A mission to America --
Rising on the prairie --
The hornets' nest of war --
Westward the naturalist --
Down the great unknown --
Surveying the high plateaus --
Kapurats --
The sublimest thing on earth --
Democracy encounters the desert --
Myths and maps --
Redeeming the earth --
The problem of the West --
Journey's end.
Responsibility: Donald Worster.
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A biography of the leader of the first group of European Americans to explore the wonder he named - the Grand Canyon. Upon his return to Washington, he oversaw federal bureaus and began his advocacy  Read more...

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