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Big Muddy Blues True Tales and Twisted Politics along Lewis and Clark's Missouri River

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ISBN-10: 0312327838

ISBN-13: 9780312327835

Edition: 2005

Authors: Bill Lambrecht

List price: $25.95
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America's Missouri River may be the nation's longest and most historically significant river, encompassing many of America's natural wonders between Missouri and Montana, draining almost 600,000 square miles in ten states and part of Canada, and, after Lewis and Clark's expedition 200 years ago, opening the West to a frenzied rush of expansion. But the Missouri is also the site of a vast, politically driven drama. It tops a list of emerging big-stakes river wars around the country that pit conservation, development, farm, barge, American Indian, and government interests against one another in clashes made even more complicated by the scarcity of water in many river basin states. In Big Muddy Blues, veteran journalist Bill Lambrecht uses the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's epic adventure west as a lens to show the other side of the story: what's been lost over 200 years. And the losses, on top of the 120 miles cut off the river by Army Corps stabilization efforts, aren't slight. Dependent on every word uttered in courtrooms and legislatures for their futures are more than 80 rare and endangered species, the family farms that require a stabilized river, the barges of shippers that require a heavier flow, and dozens if not hundreds of sacred Native American burial grounds. Running through it all is the water-more than 2,300 miles of it-that slakes the thirst of people in one-sixth of the nation and has, in the last few hundred years, been home to Native Americans, explorers, and settlers; river pirates, shipwrecks, and steamboats; and farmers, conservationists, and the Army. This is the story of "Big Muddy," of its influence on the formation and stability of our nation and of its place in the center of an escalating river war that will set the stage for water wars in the decades to come. k
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.386

Our stake in America's river west
The strong brown god
Two-faced river
Rolling on the river
1944 : when history changes course
Species on the brink
In a wicked sticky dilemma
Birds versus barges
Big muddy politics
Broken trust I : the flood
Broken trust II : the skulls of white swan
Water wars
One more river to boss
Learning to love Dr. Strangelove's canal
At the headwaters : choosing a new fork
The shifting balance
Early journeys
Native Americans and the law