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Book explores the life of a man convicted of creating a catastrophe

January 5, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CST
On July 17, 1993, one day after the West Quincy levee break, 14,000 acres of land flooded. Two bridges are visible: the Memorial Bridge, front, had been underwater for over a week. Right is the Bayview Bridge the only way to cross the Mississippi between St. Louis and Keokuk, Iowa.

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