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Book Review of Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon

Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
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Helpful Score: 1

Fascinating and well written, does not read as much like the boatload of statistics that it is. Includes some memorable "non deaths" as well as the very long roll call of fatalities, and while the subject matter is often grim and detailed, you do run into unexpected humor occasionally, too. For instance, the crash of an Army plane where the soldiers bailed out with parachutes and were clinging to the wall in an untrailed part of the canyon waiting for rescue, unable to go down or up from their position. When the Army search planes spotted them, they dropped them a care package that also included a note saying, "Greetings! You are in the Grand Canyon." The book is not merely morbid but is intended to be educational, reminding people of the vast difference between national parks and Disneyworld and of basic safety protocol. Recommended for any Grand Canyon history buff.

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