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

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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.


About Edward Dolnick

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Edward Dolnick is the author of Down the Great Unknown and the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, he has written for The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. He lives with his wife near Washington, D.C.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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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.

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