The Wild Mississippi: A State-by-State Guide to the River’s Natural Wonders

Timber. May 2024. 340p. ISBN 9781643261799. pap. $29.99. TRAV
Klinkenberg (“Frank Dodge” mystery series) advocates for healthy and resilient river ecosystems. In this book, he presents an overview and state-by-state guide of one specific body of water: the Mississippi River. Divided into two parts, the book first describes the river’s history, environmental aspects, and its interconnectedness to wetlands, tributaries, flora and fauna, prairies, forests, birds, fish, and more. Klinkenberg also focuses on the human impact on the river and what this means for not only for the river’s future but also for the years ahead for humans, plants, and animals. In the second half of the book, Klinkenberg provides a listing of parks and their featured highlights, contact information, and directions to see the river from different viewpoints from each state that borders it.
VERDICT A sweeping introduction and valuable resource about the Mississippi River that shows and tells its importance in American ecosystems and the U.S. economy. Readers interested in environmental studies and travel will appreciate this title.
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