The Promise of the Grand Canyon by John F. Ross audiobook

The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West

By John F. Ross
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Penguin Audio
13.07 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780525529675

“A convincing case for Powell’s legacy as a pioneering conservationist.”--The Wall Street Journal "A bold study of an eco-visionary at a watershed moment in US history."--Nature A timely, thrilling account of the explorer who dared to lead the first successful expedition down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon—and waged a bitterly-contested campaign for sustainability in the West. John Wesley Powell’s first descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869 counts among the most dramatic chapters in American exploration history. When the Canyon spit out the surviving members of the expedition—starving, battered, and nearly naked—they had accomplished what others thought impossible and finished the exploration of continental America that Lewis and Clark had begun almost 70 years before. With The Promise of the Grand Canyon, John F. Ross tells how that perilous expedition launched the one-armed Civil War hero on the path to becoming the nation’s foremost proponent of environmental sustainability and a powerful, if controversial, visionary for the development of the American West. So much of what he preached—most broadly about land and water stewardship—remains prophetically to the point today.

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“A convincing case for Powell’s legacy as a pioneering conservationist.”--The Wall Street Journal "A bold study of an eco-visionary at a watershed moment in US history."--Nature A timely, thrilling account of the explorer who dared to lead the first successful expedition down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon—and waged a bitterly-contested campaign for sustainability in the West. John Wesley Powell’s first descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869 counts among the most dramatic chapters in American exploration history. When the Canyon spit out the surviving members of the expedition—starving, battered, and nearly naked—they had accomplished what others thought impossible and finished the exploration of continental America that Lewis and Clark had begun almost 70 years before. With The Promise of the Grand Canyon, John F. Ross tells how that perilous expedition launched the one-armed Civil War hero on the path to becoming the nation’s foremost proponent of environmental sustainability and a powerful, if controversial, visionary for the development of the American West. So much of what he preached—most broadly about land and water stewardship—remains prophetically to the point today.

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by Ryan Paul Winn 2/1/2019
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American History Magazine Review Excerpt

John F. Ross has crafted a biography of John Wesley Powell for climate change-weary times, chronicling the Civil War amputee’s transition from academic adventurer to a Reconstruction-Era Jeremiah warning of unchecked expansion. Ross highlights Powell’s admonitions against irrigating the arid southwest. Reader Stephan Rudnicki’s eccentric emphasis complements Ross’s text, his pace ebbing and flowing like the literal and political currents.

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Author Bio: John F. Ross

Author Bio: John F. Ross

John F. Ross is the author of War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America’s First Frontier. Winner of the Fort Ticonderoga Prize for Contributions to American History, he has served as the executive editor of American Heritage and on the board of editors at Smithsonian magazine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English