Down the Great Unknown (Paperback)

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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 the Author

Edward Dolnick is the author of Down the Great Unknown, The Forger s Spell, and the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, he lives with his wife near Washington, D.C.

Praise For…

“Written with authority and zeal, this rich narrative is popular history at its best.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Edward Dolnick’s Down the Great Unknown is both good history and a successful adventure yarn.”
-Harper’s Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060955861
ISBN-10: 0060955864
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 17th, 2002
Pages: 400
Language: English