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It's a memoir ... or it's not. I've read much of Allen's writing and for the non-geologist his Columbia Gorge and Missoula Floods books are exceptionally good, as are the "Time Travel" columns he wrote for the Oregonian forty years ago. This piece, however, needed some heavy rewriting and editing. While it is substantially chronological, it jumps around in time and repeats things to no [discernable] purpose. The most valuable aspect of the book for all but his past students is the look he afford ...more