Mississippi River Tragedies: Review

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I honestly enjoyed this book. I found the content to be extremely informative and the writing to be crisp and concise.

This book covers a lot of information on historical floods and hurricanes on or near the Mississippi river and flood plain. I had no idea that the Mississippi River Flood Plain covered such a wide expanse of area and that we had built so many cities directly in the path of the raging waters. This book provided a lot of information on when we settled in those areas and why and then what happened to the settled areas when the Mississippi flooded. It was interesting to read about how we put so much faith in engineering and settled in areas where flooding is common, then people were surprised when the levees didn’t hold and flooding occurred.

I thought this book did a really good job of following disasters through history, starting with the early 1900’s and ending with the present day. I also thought it was pleasant how the author didn’t focus entirely on floods or on the Mississippi River area; the author mentioned issues with hurricanes and the floodplains and also went outside of the Mississippi River area to California (and other places) where there were important court cases being fought that would impact the Mississippi River area.

The writing in this book was highly pleasant to read. The author writes in a crisp and factual manner, making this book easy to read and follow. I didn’t find that the authors writing style to be too scientific, in fact, I thought that she did a good job of explaining concepts and information in a way that was extremely easy for a general reader to comprehend.

Overall, I found this book to be a refreshing nonfiction read. This was a topic I hadn’t know much about and I felt that this book really informed me. On top of that, the author writes in a pleasant manner, making this book an enjoyable read. I would highly recommend this book for anyone living in a floodplain or anyone interested in natural disasters and engineering.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

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One thought on “Mississippi River Tragedies: Review

    A.D. Everard said:
    March 3, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    This sounds very interesting. It’s amazing what people do and what they expect. We are an interesting species, for sure. 🙂

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