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michaelkorte1 has commented on (2) products.

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia
A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia

michaelkorte1, June 11, 2007

Do not agree with the posted review. A keeper and reread if History and Economic Policy and the Enviroment are of your value. This book is written Newspaper style lke the Authors eppreiences (Washington Post). It is short stories and interviews of stakeholders of the Columbia River. The past promices made, the conflicts of outcomes that were chosen that resulted in a "changed river, and and a changed economy. Examaines at deph the sucess of those schemes made years ago and the results as of 1996.
Compliments another book ""Nothwest Passage" by William Diethich (Vancouver -Columbian/ Seattle Times) 1996. which covers similar issues, in same style. Both books give a lot of information- some technical - but in newspaper fashion understandable by all.
Not wordy like a Mitchner, nor a Guide book. To get the contemporary background of todays enviromental issues, and stake holders, both are a "must read set."
--> Forces the Reader to realize the same facts are interpeted by our own experiences, values into entirely different beliefs and opinions. A seldom seen or writen about human condition.

I seldom say "keepers" or "must read" but for these 2 books, yes it is fitting.


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Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River by William Dietrich
Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River

michaelkorte1, June 11, 2007

Excellent: Classic to understanding Columbia River Issues: (A favorite for 10 years !- a reread-- that good) Not a guide book! Written by newspaper science writer for Vancouver Columbian and Seattle Times. (style reflects that background ) Written in newspaper style- makes the point quickly, and moves on. Moves very quickly in short chapters that convey all aspects of history of Columbia River Drainage Area from 1700 to 1995. The economics, salmon , salmon fishing, indians and values, transportatiion, farming, dams, River Transportation from 1810 on, the enviromental issues and different visions,and conclusions believed in from the same facts, but colored by our personal experiences. Also recommend """A River Lost "" by Blane Harding (Washington Post) - the books compliment each other
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