The authors recount twelve millennia of history along the lower San Juan River, much of it the story of mostly unsuccessful human attempts to make a living from the river's arid and fickle environment. From the Anasazi to government dam builders, from Navajo to Mormon herders and farmers, from scientific explorers to busted miners, the San Juan has attracted more attention and fueled more hopes than such a remote, unpromising, and muddy stream would seem to merit.
Book News The "life" of the San Juan River is traced in this readable volume, which will appeal to the general public, as well as students and professionals interested in the earth sciences, the environment, anthropology, and US history. The River's geology is described in detail, before Aton (Southern Utah U.) and McPherson (College of Eastern Utah) turn to an in-depth study of the civilizations that lived by the River from prehistory through the present and the changes the River and the life in and around it endured as a result. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)