Schneider, Paul. Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History. Holt. Sept. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9780805091366. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780805098365. HISTORY
“Ol’ Man River” (as the immortal Kern/Hammerstein song calls it) has been rolling along for millennia, and Schneider (The Adirondacks) here starts with its geologic origins somewhere in the mists of time. From the Paleolithic tribes that sailed its waters 15,000 years ago, to French and Spanish exploration and Civil War battles, to its role today as the world’s busiest waterway, here’s the story of how the Mississippi has shaped America—and the world. Not just for heartlands readers.
Causes Paul Schneider Supports
The usual suspects for a writer from Massachusetts, living on Martha's Vineyard no less.