In a series which has broad scope of world coverage, and which already includes The World's Great Lakes and The Mysterious Sea, this new volume provides a thorough and exhaustive study of the thirty odd major rivers and river systems of the world. Within continental sections, each river is covered separately. In each case there is geological and historical background, statistical and descriptive data on both the river and the people. The author discusses the Amazon and its more than a thousand tributaries, the potentials of its further development, and some other rivers of South America; the nine great rivers of North America, from the Yukon to the Rio Grande; the single river system of Australia- The Murray-Darling; the historically and commercially important -- rather than important for size- rivers of Europe; the scenic beauties of the African rivers; the stupendous number of great- and little known- rivers of Asia. He has a vivid sense of the adventure of his subject, a contagious enthusiasm-but for those readers to whom rivers have special appeal.