Down the Great Unknown by Edward Dolnick audiobook

Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon

By Edward Dolnick
Read by Danny Campbell

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780060955861

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982659547

  • ISBN: 9781982659530

  • ISBN: 9781982659554

Runtime: 13.04 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, dramatic story of the Powell expedition.

On May 24, 1869 a one-armed Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. The Grand Canyon, not explored before, was as mysterious as Atlantisand as perilous. The ten men set out from Green River Station, Wyoming Territory down the Colorado in four wooden rowboats. Ninety-nine days later, six half-starved wretches came ashore near Callville, Arizona.

Lewis and Clark opened the West in 1803, six decades later Powell and his scruffy band aimed to resolve the West’s last mystery. A brilliant narrative, a thrilling journey, a cast of memorable heroesall these mark Down the Great Unknown, the true story of the last epic adventure on American soil.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Down the Great Unknown is both good history and a successful adventure yarn.” Harper’s
“A true epic adventure, Down the Great Unknown is as much a tale of human spirit and endurance as it is a thrilling journey back to an extraordinary time in America’s history.” Barnes&Noble.com
“Former Boston Globe science writer Dolnick relied on Powell’s river and postexpedition diaries and his crew’s journals…Recommended for Western collections and all libraries.” Library Journal
“Dolnick, a science journalist who has rafted down the Grand, turns in a most estimable rendition of that storied expedition. It skillfully integrates the notes and journals of expedition members with technical insight about the perils of roiling whitewater.…The expedition’s embodiment of adventure and courage gives it a timelessness that Dolnick positively reinforces with well-detailed characterizations of the expedition members.” Booklist
“A harrowing history of the one-armed Civil War hero’s 1869 expedition down the Colorado River that focuses on the dangers involved in the momentous journey rather than on Powell’s political views…Drawing on diaries, Dolnick lets the amateur sailors speak for themselves, allowing an array of colorful personalities to emerge.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Edward Dolnick

Author Bio: Edward Dolnick

Edward Dolnick is the author of numerous books, including the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, he has written for the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English