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Mississippi Currents : Journeys through Time and a Valley
     

Mississippi Currents : Journeys through Time and a Valley

by Andrew H. Malcolm, Roger Straus
 
Force of nature, gateway to the frontier, America's mightiest river--the Mississippi flows through our history and our national consciousness. The authors travel the entire length of the river, telling the stories of the real people who live, work, and play along its banks. 64 photos.

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Force of nature, gateway to the frontier, America's mightiest river--the Mississippi flows through our history and our national consciousness. The authors travel the entire length of the river, telling the stories of the real people who live, work, and play along its banks. 64 photos.

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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.)
Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688119409
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 7.57(h) x 0.86(d)

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