Volume 4 2012

Wisconsin's Water Library

The Great River

The Mississippi River Basin is the largest river system in North America, flowing 2,530 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Its rich history dates back thousands of years. Many stories have been written about its importance as a route of trade and travel and as the backbone of many of North America’s inland waterways. Check out some great tales about a great river.

MIGHTY MISS: A MISSISSIPPI RIVER EXPERIENCE
By Gary Hoffman. Chanhassen, Minn.: Mighty Miss Press, 2009. 
This story of a father-and-son canoe expedition on the mighty Mississippi River is filled with adventures and misadventures. 

RISING TIDE: THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI FLOOD OF 1927 AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA
By John M. Barry. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society and the Mississippi River, “Rising Tide” tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of an enormous natural disaster.

THE FLOATING BOATHOUSES ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER: THEIR HISTORY, THEIR STORIES
By Martha Greene Phillips. Alta, UT: Boathouse Books, 2009.
Full of color photographs, art and archival pictures, this book focuses on the 160-mile span of the river from Red Wing, Minn., to Prairie du Chien, Wis., where 600 boathouses remain “in twos, threes and strands.”

THE MISSISSIPPI: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY
By Quinta Scott. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2010.
A photographic documentation of the Mississippi River, this book illustrates the geographical and botanical features of the river and its wetlands. Using 200 color photographs and accompanying vignettes, Scott explains how we have changed each site depicted, how we try to manage and restore it, and the wildlife that occupies it.

WICKED RIVER: THE MISSISSIPPI WHEN IT LAST RAN WILD
By Lee Sandlin. New York: Pantheon Books, 2010.
A chronicle of the Mississippi River in the first half of the 19th century—before it was tamed by commerce and technology—draws on firsthand accounts to describe life along the river, natural and man-made disasters, acts of piracy and cultural celebrations.

If you wish to see more books on this topic, visit our recommended reading list at aqua.wisc.edu/channel/31.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







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