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The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon (Anglais) Broché – 1 juillet 2014


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"Kevin Fedarko's new brilliant work... is the story about wilderness and the American mind, albeit an American mind juiced on Class V adrenaline... Perhaps because we sympathize so strongly with the characters of The Emerald Mile--thanks in no small part to Fedarko's flowing prose--you'll feel yourself lurching along with them on wooden boats, in ocher-hued canyons, beneath cobalt skies, into the frenzied thrashings of the Colorado river as the very lanscape of the West attempts to choke it." (Mountain magazine)

"The book is at its heart an engrossing meditation on the eternal struggle between man and nature." (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

"Kevin Fedarko's remarkable The Emerald Mile re-creates an incredible voyage through the flood-swollen Grand Canyon in such heart-pounding detail that you need to pause every few pages to catch your breath... He writes so vividly that your favorite reading chair becomes a spray-soaked perch on a bucking boat hit hard by a river running high and fast." (Dallas Morning News)

"Crafting a tale as graceful and powerful as the natural wonder of which he writes... the books goes beyond your typical river porn, offering a wide appeal to everyone from history buffs and the Popular Mechanics set to environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, it would not be overblown to say The Emerald Mile deserved a spot on the bookshelf alongside such enduring classics as Cadillac Desert, Desert Solitaire and Encounters with the Archdruid. It's that good...Fedarko will have you posied on the edge of your seat like a high-sider at in Lava Falls." (Durango Telegraph)

"His poetic and descriptive writing should only brighten his accolades and helps his non-fiction book read like a fast-paced fiction adventure...It isn't necessary to be a history buff or whitewater expert to enjoy this story... With meticulous research, notes and epilogue, Fedarko tells a satisfying story that is quite an entertaining ride." (Deseret News)

"The Emerald Mile is the rarest of creations–a magical convergence of words and paper, wood and water, rock and sky, human character and cosmic caprice. Can an adventure story be as beautiful as it is heart-stopping and exciting? This one is, and Fedarko’s book is as inspiring as a dory itself, flying down a wild river. I have no doubt it will become an instant classic, a timeless chronicle of what can still be legitimately called the American spirit." (Bob Shacochis author of Swimming in the Volcano and Easy in the Islands)

"Fedarko's effortlessly engaging narrative... is a labor of passion from an adventurous journalist who still calls the Grand Canyon home." (Boulder Weekly)

"Powerful and poetic passages put readers inside the adventurers' boats, even if they have only ever imagined the Grand Canyon or seen it in pictures... an epic-sized true-life adventure tale that appeals to both the heart and the head." (Kirkus)

"Kevin Fedarko's magnificent book covers a lot of ground -- and water... So it is a great boon of Fedarko's book that he tells the story of the dam, and of the engineers and techinicians who built it... with as much respect and homage as he gives to the dorymen." (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

"Grua's wild ride on the Colorado, how it mirrored his mercurial personality, is just on part of Fedarko's story; however, the rive, which runs through seven states, and the canyon, rich in both geological and political history, prove to be the real protagonists." (Publisher's Weekly)

"From the bottom of our planet's most awesome landscape, Kevin Fedarko has found and rescued a great American tall tale that just happens to be true. As a boatman, Fedarko knows this world intimately. As a writer, he'll make you understand it, savor it, and ultimately love it as you never have before. Here is an instant classic of adventure literature—a story shot through with bravura but also touched by the rarest kind of grandeur." (Hampton Sides editor-at-large at Outside magazine and author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers)

Présentation de l'éditeur

From one of Outside magazine’s “Literary All-Stars” comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983.

In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named “The Emerald Mile” at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd, but downright suicidal.

The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled—by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself—down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in The Emerald Mile.



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Thrilling 12 mai 2013
Par Robert C. Ross - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
30 years ago my wife gave my son and me a trip down the Grand Canyon in a dory. Over the years, I've traveled extensively in over 100 countries and on all of the continents. That Grand Canyon boat trip was one of the greatest travel experiences of my life.

This book captures all of the thrills, excitement and history of that wonderful experience. We had five guides on the trip, all of whom were extremely knowledgeable and at night we sat by the campfires and learned about many of the stories contained in this account.

In many respects, I was torn over leaving the canyon. Except that I had a wife and two little kids, I would've loved to sign on as a guide on the river trips. Had I taken the trip before I was married, I really believe I might have ended up a River Rat on the Colorado River.

The book joins the other great Grand Canyon books in my library:

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons (Penguin Classics); who can ever forget a one-armed war hero hanging from a tree branch over the raging river -- did they really think they could run a railroad down that massive gorge?

Grand Obsession: Harvey Butchart and the Exploration of Grand Canyon, an obsessively grand account of the treasures and the appeal of this magical place: pink rattlesnakes, busy beavers, thunderstorms whose rain evaporates before it hits the ground, a river that gets stronger and stronger upstream as it flows down the canyon at Separation Point (it evaporates as it flows), perfect little gardens, one after the other, as one ascends or descends the trails, and much, much more.

The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon, by Colin Fletcher, the man who introduced me to backpacking and hiking in general and who has furnished us with the wonderfully practical The Complete Walker IV. My favorite Fletcher tale: he was lazing about in bed with a young lady in a motel, and she formed a tent with her feet: "Ah, look, we are camping out."

There is a long extract from this book at the "Outside Magzine" website; this extract will give you a flavor of the book itself:

"That spring and summer, the river was especially furious, unpredictable, and deadly. Massive, rapid snowmelt from an epic western winter was straining the capacity of Glen Canyon's mammoth concrete arch dam, completed in 1966, which regulated the flow of water into the Grand Canyon. By early June, Glen was holding back the runoff from 108,000 square miles, a region that included four western states. Failure of the dam's enormous spillway tunnels was a serious possibility; to prevent it, federal officials took a series of extraordinary measures, at one point increasing the release of water to 92,000 cubic feet per second, the biggest torrent the canyon had seen in 25 years. But the runoff was something else, too: a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience, in the most direct and visceral way imaginable, the ancestral majesty of what was once the wildest river in America.

"The central figure in this escapade was Grua, a 33-year-old boatman who worked for the revered founder of Grand Canyon Dories, Martin Litton. Grua, who died in 2002 at 52, was the ultimate river rat, a compact, supremely fit man with an eccentric streak that was balanced by an encyclopedic knowledge of the mysterious physics of the Colorado's notorious rapids. Before his death, he gave a series of interviews to a friend and fellow guide named Lew Steiger, who was able to record Grua's memories of the speed run and his impressions of the men he rowed with."

This wonderful account of the Colorado River and the dories and the people who have enjoyed the experience so much brings all those memories flooding back.

Read this fine book and get a glimmer of the magic that resides in the Colorado River.

Robert C Ross
May 2013
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Great Story of the record river run and the creative operation of the dam during this exordinary flood year 1 juillet 2013
Par Kay Burgi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a wonderfully written story of the river guides' life on the Colorado River and the equally important story of Glen Canyon Dam. I lived the story of my husband's experiences at Glen Canyon Dam in the summer of 1983, never knowing the story of Kenton Grua and his colleauges and their scary river run downstream of the dam. Kevin has brought the two stories together in a beautifully written and interwoven story of the human experience to overcome life's challenges from the two opposite perspective of those who love the open river and those who desire to control the river for beneficial uses. Kevin does an excellent job of representing both perspectives with respect and dignity. Once opened, this is a hard book to close.
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Stunning history of the Colorado River and its mystic allure 9 mai 2013
Par A. S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The Emerald Mile is a stunning history of the Colorado River--a piece of history flowing through the Grand Canyon, inhibited only by the Glen and Hoover dams, bookends to a monstrous and terrifying natural wonder. Fedarko captures the allure of the river as he shares in brilliant detail its wildness, beauty, and power. There are a few authors who can capture life within the stories of history, and Fedarko is one of them, making the Colorado real and alive to those who have never experienced it. Even if you don't like history or whitewater or adventure, this book will enthrall you with the sheer power of its words. When you finish, you may find that you too, like Grua and the hundreds of other river runners whose stories form the contents of this book, are entranced by the wonderful monster we call the Colorado River.
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A wonderful Class V blast across the bow 12 mai 2013
Par david cox - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I cannot put this book down. Fedarko's book isn't a look at the Colorado river from atop the rim of the Grand Canyon, it places you at the helm of a dory, you feel the rush of every passing rapid, and pause to marvel in every eddy. I'm thoroughly enjoying this read.
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Truly an epic story told by a talented writer 30 août 2013
Par Jim Markle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I may sound biased, but I know several of the people in this book so I was impressed with Kevin Fedarko's descriptions and his ability to capture their personalities. His thorough research on every aspect of the story is remarkable, and yet he presents it in a way that entices and captivates the reader. Once you start reading this story, you will not want to put down the book!
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