The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers Audio CD – Audiobook, February 6, 2018
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About the Author
Keith Sellon-Wright is a seasoned professional with a career in Hollywood spanning over thirty years. He has worked with some of Hollywood's seminal directors, including Christopher Guest and Spike Lee. His television credits include Wings, Frasier, Seinfeld, The West Wing, NCIS, Mad Men, and Parks and Recreation.
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The author starts by examining the eastern river systems. Most didn't go very far inland, and while great for use as power for grist mills, they were not good for transportation. Then the idea of the Erie Canal came to be and it changed the depth of the country and how good were transported to market.
The author then looks at what we have done to harness rivers for navigation and to prevent flooding. Levees were built, rivers were straightened and depth increased to allow more river traffic. The best example is, of course the Mississippi River, which has become a backbone of American transportation.
The author also examines the environmental damage done to our rivers and how we continually made things worse with our rivers until the environmental movement of the seventies. That is when we started to reverse course and started to fix much of the damage done to our river systems.
The book is a fascinating read into an aspect of American history that has received little attention. We would not be the country we are without our river systems, and this book details that well. It is very readable and completely enjoyable.
For me, it was a slow read - because it is filled with thought-provoking information & insights.
Rivers have shaped the basic facts of America - where we live, how we conduct business, how we deal with risks, and how we govern ourselves.
By this great work, Martin Doyle (author) provides a thorough history of the central role Rivers have played in our local/national development. He informs us how vital (despite being taken for granted & oft-abused) Rivers are to our future.
For anyone wishing to better understand issues of American Environment, Government, and History - this seems a “must read”.
Fabulous job, Mister Doyle!!