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By Christine A. Klein,Sandra B. Zellmer

American engineers have performed magnificent issues to bend the Mississippi River to their will: forcing one among its tributaries to movement uphill, remodeling over 1000 miles of roiling currents right into a placid staircase of water, and wresting the decrease half the river except its floodplain. American legislation has aided and abetted those feats. yet regardless of our greatest efforts, so-called “natural failures” proceed to strike the Mississippi basin, as raging floodwaters decimate waterfront groups and deserted cities actually disintegrate into the Gulf of Mexico. In a few areas, purely the tombstones stay, leaning at unusual angles because the underlying soil erodes away. Mississippi River Tragedies reveals that it's seductively deceptive—but horribly misleading—to name such catastrophes “natural.”  


Authors Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer current a sympathetic account of the human goals, satisfaction, and foibles that bought us thus far, weaving jointly enticing historic narratives and available legislation tales drawn from genuine court docket dramas. The authors deftly discover the bigger tale of the way the legislation displays or even amplifies our ambivalent perspective towards nature—simultaneously revering wild rivers and locations for what they're, whereas operating feverishly to alter them into whatever else. regardless of their sobering revelations, the authors’ ultimate message is one among desire. even supposing the acknowledgement of human accountability for unnatural mess ups may end up in blame, guilt, and legal responsibility, it might additionally prod us to confront the results of our activities, resulting in a releasing feel of threat and to the data essential to keep away from destiny failures.

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