The mystique of the Colorado River is no less enduring and powerful than is its physical presence in the landscape of the West. Little wonder that through the centuries, narratives about the Colorado have abounded. The Colorado River Reader collects many of these and sweeps readers along with the currents of the river, immersing them in the controversies and bold tales, they myths, bravado, danger, and dialogue that swirl in its waters. John Wesley Powell is here. So is Ed Abbey. And Linda Hogan. Seventeen accounts in all-an invaluable collection, spanning hundreds of years and many cultures and voices, capturing an array of responses to the mysterious, turbulent, sinuous, awesome Colorado and its tributaries.