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By Paul Schneider

"Old guy River," Paul Schneider's exploration of America's nice waterway taking the reader from the Mississippi River's origins to its polluted current and tracing its prehistory, geology, and cultural and literary histories is as mammoth as its subject.

The interesting solid of characters comprises the French and Spanish explorers de Soto, Marquette and Joliet, and the incomparable l. a. Salle; George Washington combating his first conflict that allows you to safe the watershed; the delivery of jazz and blues; and literary greats like Melville, Dickens, Trollope, and, after all, Mark Twain.

Pirates and riverbats, gamblers and slaves, hustlers and panorama painters, loggers and catfishers, travelers and missionaries: The Mississippi is a river of news and fable. it truly is Paul Robeson sitting on a cotton bale, Daniel Boone floating on a flatboat, and Paul Bunyan slicing timber in the community of "Little residence within the colossal Woods."

Half-devastated manufactured from American ingenuity, half-magnificent typical ask yourself, it truly is very unlikely to visualize the United States with out the Mississippi."

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