Mississippi Currents : Journeys through Time and a Valley

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Andrew H. Malcolm and Roger Straus III tell in evocative words and eloquent pictures the story of the Mississippi and the Americans who live, love, work, and play along its length. We meet hard-hatted riverboat crew women, Tom Sawyer wannabes, a new breed of riverboat gamblers, elderly riverbank philosophers, and ferry pilots who have seen the river - and the people along it - change drastically over the years. We learn the thoughts of the ranger who lives in the Minnesota woods by the little lake that is the ...
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Andrew H. Malcolm and Roger Straus III tell in evocative words and eloquent pictures the story of the Mississippi and the Americans who live, love, work, and play along its length. We meet hard-hatted riverboat crew women, Tom Sawyer wannabes, a new breed of riverboat gamblers, elderly riverbank philosophers, and ferry pilots who have seen the river - and the people along it - change drastically over the years. We learn the thoughts of the ranger who lives in the Minnesota woods by the little lake that is the Mississippi's long-hidden true source, and talk to the aging mayor of a Louisiana delta town abandoned by all living residents - except on election day. Through these and other intriguing stories, and more than sixty stunning photographs, Malcolm and Straus portray the countless ways the Mississippi has shaped the lives, economy, literature, and indeed, the entire character of the American Heartland.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wedding Malcolm's lyrical, muscular prose to Straus's wonderfully evocative, often wistful photographs, this memorable travelogue explores the Mississippi River as a diverse waterway, vital economic route, elemental natural force and living symbol of the mid-American psyche. By ship, barge and on foot, the authors followed the Mississippi's entire course, from northern Minnesota's woods through thriving heartland riverfront towns to the "chemical alley" of Baton Rouge, lined with refineries and factories, ending in the Gulf's watery wilds. They interview park rangers, hydraulic engineers, a riverboat casino operator, a bank president, witnesses to the flood of 1993, mingling personal stories with snippets of history and observations on the intrepid, inventive spirit of a region that spawned the airplane, the steel plow, Mark Twain, American populism and half the presidents since the Civil War. Their deceptively leisurely journey becomes a quest for the soul of America. Malcolm is a policy adviser to Montana's governor; Straus is chair of High Tide Press. Author tour. (Nov.)
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In their latest collaboration, Malcolm and photographer Straus (U.S. 1, America's Original Main Street, St. Martin's, 1991) offer a travel journal that follows the Mississippi from its inauspicious beginnings at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to its majestic ending as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Malcolm's narrative meanders through the lives and towns that line the Mississippi River much as the river itself sidewinds through the heartland of America. His writing style is familiar and rambling, not unlike another writer associated with the Mississippi, Mark Twain. The work is an interesting history of the river that forms the backbone of the American continent. Appropriate for public libraries.Sandra Knowles, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688119409
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/4/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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