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0n May 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. No one had ever explored the fabled Grand Canyon; to adventurers of that era it was a region almost as mysterious as Atlantis -- and as perilous.

The ten men set out down the mighty Colorado River in wooden rowboats. Six survived. Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, true story.

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061760341
List price: $7.99
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This was and enjoyable book about the challeges of the Powell expedition down the Green and Colorado river. It was a straight dry account of the events, personalities and challenges of the group. Anyone with an interest in the Grand Canyon or running rapids will find it entertaining. I don't know that Powell rises to the level of Livingston, Shakelton , Admedsen or other great explorers.read more
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I'm not sure how one would better detail the men's 111 day journey without being somewhat repetitive (another day, another series of deadly rapids), but Dolnick does so pretty well by providing significant historical context to break the "monotony."I enjoy really enjoy these nonfiction/biographical accounts of frontier-pushing adventure... Throw in the utterly captivating setting of the Grand Canyon and I'm hooked.A great read that will leave you with great respect for the hardships and courage of those that came before us.read more
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This was and enjoyable book about the challeges of the Powell expedition down the Green and Colorado river. It was a straight dry account of the events, personalities and challenges of the group. Anyone with an interest in the Grand Canyon or running rapids will find it entertaining. I don't know that Powell rises to the level of Livingston, Shakelton , Admedsen or other great explorers.
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I'm not sure how one would better detail the men's 111 day journey without being somewhat repetitive (another day, another series of deadly rapids), but Dolnick does so pretty well by providing significant historical context to break the "monotony."I enjoy really enjoy these nonfiction/biographical accounts of frontier-pushing adventure... Throw in the utterly captivating setting of the Grand Canyon and I'm hooked.A great read that will leave you with great respect for the hardships and courage of those that came before us.
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