Schneider (Brutal Journey) uses the story of the Mississippi River as a springboard to share America's history. From mammoths to murderers to Civil War mayhem, the author successfully weaves past and present to highlight myths and legends of American culture. Native Americans, explorers, steamboats, and commerce have all contributed to the river's significance. Well read by Alan Skylar, the work warns that the watershed's future is at risk because of human intervention on the river. Schneider interweaves tales from the past with his current observations from kayaking trips on the Mississippi, the world's busiest waterway, and its tributaries. VERDICT Fans of Bill Bryson as well as American history buffs will enjoy this work.--Cheryl Youse, Moultrie, GA[Page 87]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.