By Wallace Stegner
During this e-book Wallace Stegner recounts the sucesses and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the prestigious ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the place of birth of Indian tribes of the yank Southwest. A prophet with no honor who had a profound realizing of the yankee West, Powell warned some time past of the hazards fiscal exploitation could pose to the West and spent a great deal of his lifestyles overcoming Washington politics in getting his message throughout. in simple terms now, we might realize simply how exact a prophet he was.
"This booklet is going a long way past biography, into the character and soul of the yankee West. it really is Stegner at his most sensible, assaying a complete period of our background, packing his pages with insights as smart as his prose." —Ivan Doig
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