Not too long ago, this review of a Mississippi River book got my attention:
Admit it: At some point in your life you got a little misty-eyed over the Mississippi River. Maybe it was your first trip to its shores, maybe it was a youthful infatuation with Mark Twain. Maybe you just really love floating, depressing casinos. But even today, when the river that symbolically divides America between East and West can be easily traversed by hundreds of bridges and whose whims are tamed by a series of locks and dams, people still get romantic about the mighty river...Maybe you should be reading Lee Sandlin’s new book, Wicked River (Pantheon, $26.95), as an antidote.
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And here's an excerpt provided by the publisher, Vintage: