Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell


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Island Press
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5.68 X 8.7 X 1.03 inches | 1.17 pounds

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About the Author

William deBuys is a historian, conservationist, and writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His books include Enchantment and Exploitation (University of New Mexico Press, 1989), River of Traps (University of New Mexico Press, 1996), and Salt Dreams (University of New Mexico Press, 1999).
John Wesley Powell (1834 - 1902) was a US soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first known passage through the Grand Canyon.


"This is a superb selection of the most important writings of the great American explorer, scientist, and conservationist. Powell's name has often been evoked over the past century, but few people have had access to the full range of his vigorous prose. Now deBuys has given us an exceptionally good introduction to the man, his ideas, and his America."
oSeeing Things Whole remains current and vibrant. And worth reading.o --Salt Lake Tribune
oSeeing Things Whole...celebrates more than just PowellAEs writings. The book offers a look at the extraordinary legacy of a great thinker and reminds us that land and the people who live on it are forever relatd.o --Santa Fe New Mexican
oSeeing Things Whole is a long overdue edited collection of PowellAEs writings on his explorations of the Colorado River and Plateau, the arid lands and their settlement, irrigation and institutions in the American West, and the evolution of human species. DeBuysAE introductions and annotations are evenhanded and insightful, and the volume makes a superb companion to WorsterAEs masterful biography.o --Conservation Biography