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American Hippopotamus

Author: 

Jon Mooallem

Yes, there are hippopotamuses, but the real allure of this book is the history a fascinating man who embodies so many of our American myths (Frederick Russell Burnham), and the glimpse into the mindset of a time in American history when the idea of importing hippopotamuses as feed stock to live in the Mississippi Delta seemed not only possible, but like the solution to an urgent problem.

Favorite Thing: 
Reading the life story of a remarkable man about whom I previously knew nothing.
American Hippopotamus
Book Length: 
Short
Part of Series: 
Not part of a series
Stand Alone: 
Yes
Stickiness: 
Moderate