Murl Emery wore many hats including beaver trapper, cattle rustler, bootlegger, ferryman, prospector, truck driver, inventor, miner, aviator and mechanic. But he was best known as the lead boatman during the construction of Hoover Dam. For this month's Southwest Book Review, Ann Cummins reviews Robert Wood's biography of Emery called Desert Riverman.
Ann Cummins is a writer and a creative writing professor at Northern Arizona University. Her husband Steve Willis is a singer and bandleader. KNAU's monthly Southwest Book Reviews with Ann Cummins are funded by The Babbitt Family of Flagstaff, proud supporters of the arts and KNAU.