A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell
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- A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell
- Title remainder
- the life of John Wesley Powell
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- Donald Worster
- trueColorado River -- Exploration
- trueConservationists -- United States -- Biography
- trueEnvironmentalists -- United States -- Biography
- trueExplorers -- United States -- Biography
- Grand Canyon (Ariz.) -- Discovery and exploration
- trueGrand Canyon -- Exploration
- trueNaturalists -- United States -- Biography
- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Discovery and exploration
- trueSurveying -- History
- trueThe West (United States) -- Exploration
- West (U.S.) -- Discovery and exploration
- Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902
- 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 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
- Library Journal Best Books, 2001.
- National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, 2001.
- Spur Award for Biography, 2001.
- /* Starred Review */ Another sublime contribution to the historical literature of the American West from Worster (The Wealth of Nature, 1993, etc.). Few figures stand as tall in the exploration of the West as John Wesley Powell. He has come to represent all that is daring and wise in the move west: a one-armed man who took a boat down the wild Colorado River, who undertook to survey the great reaches of the new frontier, who stood up for indigenous people and protected the environment. (Wallace Stegner's classic Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, 1954, paints the quintessential portrait of the saintly Powell.) As usual, the discerning Worster (History/Univ. of Kansas) probes this heroic image to discover a more complicated human being. The historian points out that Powell also wanted to tame the land ("He did not dissent from the project of westward expansion nor question the grand idea of progress, but he did argue that progress must always keep its feet firmly planted on the ground") and that assimilation was his idea of the best way to protect native peoples' rights. But Worster is no malicious debunker; he simply understands that Powell's import is diminished if we make him a plaster saint, that much of what he had to say about the future of the American West was seen through the eyes of a fervent nationalist as well as those of a trained scientist and skilled ethnographer. Worster covers Powell's life like a tarp, from his early days in Ohio to the socialist views that ultimately led to his marginalization. He has ferreted out a remarkable number of letters, journals, papers, diaries, and parish registers relating to his subject. Abetted by his sweeping knowledge of the region, he engagingly presents this deep research and makes clear connections between far-flung pieces of material. He also writes with grace and verve. A top-drawer biography, at once scholarly and popular, generous in its intelligence, rich in context and anecdote. (Halftones and maps) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2000)
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