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Meandering Book on Rivers
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2020
It looks like this book is playing to rave reviews on Amazon. I do not completely disagree. There are some things to like here. But honestly the first two chapters, which dealt with the importance of the Nile in Egypt and the Yellow River in China in the development of those ancient cultures, was what I was expecting from the rest of the book.
Instead the author drifts to different water related topics, such as the melting ice caps. Which is an interesting topic of course, but I just did not feel like the book delivered on its promise. A closing chapter on recent urban development along river water fronts gets the book back on track, but I just felt like the book went too far astray.
I am not sure who the reader for this book is. It starts out as something that might make sense as a archeological textbook, but then it wandered off the path.