.William Least Heat-Moon is the author of the acclaimed Blue Highways: A Journey into America, PrairyErth: (A Deep Map), and River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat across America.
"River Journey contains great snapshots of the great Depression but
its true subject is youth. Who but a youthful optimist would see
voyaging down the Mississippi on a homemade, rudderless boat not as
folly but a terrific adventure? And it is."
"The picture we get is that of an accident-prone poet aboard a Rube Goldberg house boat as it careens down the Upper Mississippi ricocheting from bank to bank."