Reviews for Old Man River : The Mississippi River in North American History

AudioFile Reviews 2013 December
"It is a river of stories and a river of myth," Alan Sklar's deep voice intones early in Schneider's voluminous essay on the Mississippi River. Sklar's voice gives the writing a sense of poetry and authority, keeping the narrative going through myriad topics. Schneider's work includes a lot of research and quite a bit of personal observation from his own camping and visiting. He takes in everything from early Spanish and French explorers to the effects of fertilizer runoff today. Schneider loves the way words sound, thus giving Sklar a rhythmic narrative to work with. It's lengthy, as is the river, but listeners will enjoy the way the words flow. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2014 March #2

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

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