Reading this anthology of boatman stories from the Grand Canyon is like sitting around a campfire hearing the stories first hand.  At times introspective, but mostly just hilarious, they recount mishaps, near misses, and crazy passengers over decades of river runs.  There is even a condensed telling of the speed run in 1983 (whose record was just broken last week, twice).  Each vignette shows a different aspect of life in the “big ditch” and is great prep for a rafting trip down the Colorado.