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Rivers of the World: A Social, Geographical, and Environmental Sourcebook, Penn, James
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Author Name:    Penn, James

Title:   Rivers of the World: A Social, Geographical, and Environmental Sourcebook

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    ABC-CLIO 

ISBN Number:   1576070425 / 9781576070420

Seller ID:   ING9781576070420

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In this comprehensive treatment of the major rivers of the world, author James R. Penn's purpose is not just to feature geographic data, but to tell a story of historical drama, poetic significance, and cultural relationships. The book shows glimpses of Chairman Mao boosting his image by swimming in the Yangtze; Indian middlemen residing on both sides of the Columbia River exacting tolls from travelers like Lewis and Clark; and, near the Dordogne in southwest France, Paleolithic cave art, paintings, and designs in rock shelters and subterranean caverns, which are textbook examples of early human creativity and artistic impulse.

In nearly 200 entries ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages, "Rivers of the World" covers all of the great rivers of the world including the Nile, Niger, Amazon, and Mississippi, as well as smaller waterways that illustrate important themes or represent trends. The book includes bibliographies for each river.



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