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Old Man River:The Mississippi River in North American History

Paul Schneider

Older than the Atlantic Ocean, the Mississippi River has been rolling along for millennia. Paleolithic tribes sailed its waters, the Spanish and French explored it in the 16th century, and key Civil War battles were fought there. Along the way, bawdy river towns arose, giving rise to African American jazz and blues and Mark Twain’s salty prose. The river stretches from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, and Schneider guides readers all the way from geological antiquity to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. With such an expert hand on the tiller, Old Man River is an astonishing journey. For fans of Simon Winchester's Atlantic (2010).