Newest in The Rivers of America series, the 115 miles of the Housatonic are given close scrutiny, from the Massachusetts headwaters to the Connecticut tidewaters. The result is much small beer along with long draughts of the historical, cultural, economic and political changing scene. The river, its valley and the people in all their eras of evolution, the peaks and bottoms of its long story, make fascinating- if partisan- reading. There is much that is picturesque and individual, from the tribes of Indians, under Waramaug, to the heights of the literary (Hawthorne, Melville, Holmes, Fanny Kemble, etc.) coterie; there is much that is important in this region's influence; there is a full quota of anecdote, individual stories and sectional material... One of the most comprehensive- almost anthology in feel- of the series, there is no doubt of a definite market for this.