by Edward Dolnick
Imagine being the first to float down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. That’s the story told in this great adventure book. John Wesley Powell and his companions didn’t know what challenges they would face. In 1869 when the group set out there were no available records about the river, the canyon, the rapids, the harsh climate. They were equipped with heavy wooden boats in which the driver faced backward. They’d never run white water before. They lost food along the way and what they had left got wet and moldy. John Wesley Powell had lost part of an arm in the Civil War and some of his companions couldn’t swim. But 99 days after they started most of them emerged at the other end of the Grand Canyon. What a feat! This book is a great read.