Yet another in the Rivers of America series which continues its well planned and well executed way. Here the obvious emphasis on Lincoln is avoided as such but his influence, power and friendships are indicated at every turn, while the environmental effect of the river is stressed on the men who came from that section. This gets off to a somewhat slow start but picks up as it goes along. There are well known and little known characters, there are cities, Indians, French, early settlers, and current affairs. Perhaps not as brilliant or interpretative as some of the preceding volumes, this is a competent and interesting contribution.