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Rivers Revealed Rediscovering America's Waterways by Jerry M. Hay

Rivers Revealed Rediscovering America's Waterways


Rivers Revealed Rediscovering America's Waterways by Jerry M. Hay

Written in an engaging, conversational style, Rivers Revealed combines the author's lifelong love of America's waterways with practical and historic information gathered from his three decades as a professional riverlorian for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company in New Orleans. A modern-day Huck Finn, Jerry Hay spins yarns laced with personal anecdotes on such topics as navigating 500 miles of the Wabash River, the trials and tribulations of building a sternwheeler, reading the river, how to plan your own river adventure, a hair-raising but humorous river rescue, an unforgettable goose named Gilligan, the language of the rivers and riverboats, early to present-day river navigation, and much, much more. A book for all who love Mark Twain, these river adventures will entertain the landlubber and engage the boating enthusiast.


River historians, folklorists, and buffs will enjoy and learn from Rivers Revealed: Rediscovering America's Waterways. It can sit on the shelf, ready for reading in long or short installments.Sept. 2008 -- Michael Allen * Indiana Magazine of History *

About the Author

Jerry M. Hay has appeared in documentaries on American rivers for PBS, National Geographic, and the History Channel. The author of numerous books on American rivers, Hay lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, when he is not on the boats.

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Publication date

31st May 2007


Jerry M. Hay

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Indiana University Press


328 pages


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