Books by Frederick H. Swanson

Reviews of

Journeys in the Canyon Lands of Utah and Arizona, 1914-1916

by George C. Fraser (edited by Frederick H. Swanson)


“George Corning Fraser was a turn-of-the-century tourist who sought an authentic experience of the West, away from typical destinations such as Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the south rim of Arizona's Grand Canyon . . . . From his voluminous journals, editor Swanson has culled the most interesting material that highlights the adventurer's passion to leave the beaten path.”

Cynthia Green, True West, October 2005


“Fraser’s prose is highly readable and his wry, dry sense of humor is refreshing given the usual style of writers during this period.”

Mike Nobles, Moab Times-Independent, January 1, 2007


“Fraser enlightens on multiple levels, with the first being his effort to document and inform . . . . The quality of Fraser’s accounts transforms him from average citizen trekking through the sandstone backcountry, into a larger than life icon of Progressive intellectualism.”

Sondra Cosgrove, Journal of the West, October 2005


“Mr. Fraser’s observations are brutally honest, often tender and compassionate, and frequently hilarious.”

Hank Hassell, Utah Historical Quarterly, Fall 2005


“This excellent book is a suitable way to time travel to the past, when few--except Fraser--thought there was much exceptional about these badlands of the West.”

Lynn Arave, Deseret News, March 10, 2005