Beyond the Hundredth Meridian

  • by Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by Mark Bramhall
  • 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner recounts the remarkable career of Major John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of the Southwest Indian tribes. This classic work is a penetrating and insightful study of the Powell’s career, from the beginning of the Powell Survey, in which Powell and his men famously became the first to descend the Colorado River, to his eventual expulsion from the Geological Survey.
In masterful prose, Stegner details the expedition, as well as the philosophies and ideas that drove Powell.


What the Critics Say

"Stegner's most exciting work." (San Francisco Chronicle)
“The surrender of self-righteousness would be an enormous boon to the environmental cause. Acknowledging the unedited, complicated, utilitarian John Wesley Powell as an ideological parent would be a big step in that laudable direction, and it is this step that Worster's thorough and empathetic biography makes possible.” (Los Angeles Times)
“No library of western/southwestern materials can be without this book…” (Books of the Southwest)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

History repeats itself.

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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- Roy "Roy-in-Boise"

Excitment followed by a slow slog

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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- cort

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-20-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.