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The long views of John Wesley Powell have had a profound effect on our American lives through his work with the Smithsonian and the creation of the USGS. The powers of greed and avarice did their very best to destroy him and pretty much succeeded. Yet, his legacy has endured in spite of the intellectual midgets of his day.
This book was copyrighted in 1953&1954. I have been aware of this book for years and regret taking so long to finally get to it.
5 stars across the board for Wallace Stegner and the exacting work in critically chronicling the life of John Wesley Powell.
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The first few chapters describing Powell first descent are incredibly well written and exciting but then Stegner turns his descriptive prose to a discussion of the ethereal beauty and geography of the plateau country. For those who delight in details, the time may be rewarding but for me, it goes on far too long.
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