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2020

2020

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West - Wallace Stegner, Bernard DeVoto A ponderous study of John Wesley Powell. Powell's exploratory river trip down the Colorado and ultimately through the Grand Canyon was the highlight of this biography. Unfortunately, it's downhill from there, with the minutiae of the politics involved with Powell's subsequent fights in Washington, D.C. to gain power, position, and the funding to continue his exploration and mapping of the west. I love most everything I've read by Wallace Stegner, but this stands out as a dense and tiresome read.