Item description for Travelers' Tales Grand Canyon: True Stories by Sean O'Reilly, James O'Reilly & Larry Habegger...
Though millions of people visit the Grand Canyon every year, few venture beyond its spectacular vistas. Through these stories, readers experience the deeper wonders of this magnificent world treasure. Join Barry Lopez, David Brower, Edward Abbey, Colin Fletcher, Page Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams, and more celebrated authors as they swim in hidden grottos under luminous waterfalls, raft the white water of the Colorado River, sleep under billion-year-old cliffs, face the terror of a flash flood, hike ancient Native American trails through astonishing side canyons, and stand alone in an immense solitude. An updated guidebook section provides detailed information on visiting and exploring the area.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 10, 2005
Publisher Travelers' Tales
ISBN 1932361235 ISBN13 9781932361230
Availability 0 units.
More About Sean O'Reilly, James O'Reilly & Larry Habegger
O'Reilly is president and co-publisher of Traveler's Tales. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975.
James O'Reilly currently resides in Palo Alto, in the state of California. James O'Reilly was born in 1953.
Reviews - What do customers think about Travelers' Tales Grand Canyon: True Stories?
Perspectives Aug 16, 2008
This is a marvelous book, and why didn't someone think of it before? One of the very premier places in the world - an essential place of pilgrimage for so many non-Americans who visit the country for the first time. For all Americans it is a "at least once in a life" place to visit.
The essence of this guide is the 32 short stories - different perspectives on the Grand Canyon experience, written by almost that many different authors. There are the famous authors: Edward Abbey, Colin Fletcher, Page Stegner. There is the "close call" told by Stewart Udall, environmentalist and former Secretary of the Interior. There is the political advocacy of David Brower, long time Executive Director of the Sierra Club, who admits that he was partially responsible for the death of Glen Canyon, and now advocates the tearing down of dams. And there are the many other stories, some harrowing, some delightful, which should increase the reader's respect for one of earth's "sacred places." Not all the stories obviously are of equal impact or quality, but that issue is unintentionally covered in a story by Barry Lopez, who quotes Thoreau: "The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."
The book also contains some excellent maps, and a chart on the geological cross-sections. There is a brief introduction; the five sections of the book are preceded by black and white "wood block" drawings of the canyon, and there is a practical guide at the end, including a vital bibliography.
It was virtually impossible to pick a favorite story, far better to identify three: Stegner's lyrical and philosophical "Revelation"; Janecek's cautionary "Flash Flood"; and Abbey's very own "close call," entitled "Havasu."
For anyone considering a Grand Canyon visit, this is a wonderful guide for both the body and spirit.