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Wicked River The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

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ISBN-10: 0307378519

ISBN-13: 9780307378514

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lee Sandlin

List price: $31.00
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A riveting look at one of the most colorful, dangerous, and peculiar places in Americars"s historical landscape: the strange, wonderful, and mysterious Mississippi River of the nineteenth century. Beginning in the early 1800s and climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg in 1863,Wicked Rivertakes us back to a time before the Mississippi was dredged into a shipping channel, and before Mark Twain romanticized it into myth. Drawing on an array of suspenseful and bizarre firsthand accounts, Lee Sandlin brings to life a place where river pirates brushed elbows with future presidents and religious visionaries shared passage with thieves-a world unto itself where, every night, near the levees of the big river towns, hundreds of boats gathered to form dusk-todawn cities dedicated to music, drinking, and gambling. Here is a minute-by-minute account of Natchez being flattened by a tornado; the St. Louis harbor being crushed by a massive ice floe; hidden, nefarious celebrations of Mardi Gras; and the sinking of theSultana, the worst naval disaster in American history. And here is the Mississippi itself: gorgeous, perilous, and unpredictable, lifeblood to the communities that rose and fell along its banks. An exuberant work of Americana-at once history, culture, and geography-Wicked Riveris a grand epic that portrays a forgotten society on the edge of revolutionary change.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English