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Science  19 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5503, pp. 441
DOI: 10.1126/science.1058037

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A River Running West The Life of John Wesley Powell. Donald Worster. Oxford University Press, New York, 2000. 687 pp. $35. ISBN 0-19-509991-5.

Worster's biography of the explorer and scientist who became a patriarch of science-based government bureaus and the conservation of the American West places Powell and his fervor for reform in the context of the United States of his times.