Books: Writer Meets River

GREAT RIVER (2 vols., 1,020 pp.)—Paul Horgan—Rinehart ($10).

The Rivers of America series is one of those publishing projects that always seems better as an idea than in execution.

Except for a few (e.g. The Monongahela, Everglades), the books have seldom risen above the level of scrappy regional history. When New Mexican Novelist Paul Horgan began to do his book on the Rio Grande, it was meant to be one of the series. But in the end, the publishers decided not to include his book, for it towers above the others as a Prescott towers above cracker-barrel chroniclers. Great River is...

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