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ISBN13: 9780295975467
ISBN10: 0295975466
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"Dietrich's measures, thoughtful book views the Columbia through a successoin of different lenses--as a bountiful fishery for the Indians, as a snag-ridden and nearly impassable highway for the early white explorers, as a hugely powerful manufacturer of hydroelectricity, as a source of irrigation for farmers, as the town drain for the mining and nuclear weapons industries. His Columbia is really a woven braid of the many rivers of the fisherman, the farmer, the engineer, the towboat operator, the explorer, the industrialist." -Jonathan Raban, author of Old Glory

"A wonderful, disturbing and though-provoking history of the Columbia River, Northwest Passage is a remarkable book, first of all in its scope and complexity. Here is a fine blend of natural history, of human history, and of political history." -Washington Post Book World

"An engaging case study of a whole bundle of environmental and social issues (pollution, hydropower politics, Indian rights, resource economics) that should matter to people all over the country." -New York Times Book Review

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"Dietrich's measured, thoughtful book views the Columbia through a succession of different lenses — as a bountiful fishery for the Indians, as a snag-ridden and nearly impassable highway for the early white explorers, as a hugely powerful manufacturer of hydroelectricity, as a source of irrigation for farmers, as the town drain for the mining and nuclear weapons industries. His Columbia is really a woven braid of the many rivers of the fisherman, the farmer, the engineer, the towboat operator, the explorer, the industrialist." Jonathan Raban, author of Old Glory

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"A wonderful, disturbing and though-provoking history of the Columbia River, Northwest Passage is a remarkable book, first of all in its scope and complexity. Here is a fine blend of natural history, of human history, and of political history." Washington Post Book World

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"An engaging case study of a whole bundle of environmental and social issues (pollution, hydropower politics, Indian rights, resource economics) that should matter to people all over the country." New York Times Book Review

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Activists, practitioners, and researchers review the development of the battered women's movement and discuss what interventions may be possible in the future. The 13 essays consider enhancing informal responses to domestic violence, wife abuse among Arabs in Israel, the role of context, controversy and change in batterers' programs, sanctions beyond jailing and counseling, couple therapy, and other topics. Paper edition (unseen), $19,95.
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Synopsis:

Part history, part sociology, part travelogue, and part journalistic account of a contemporary crisis, this sweeping portrait of the powerful, beautiful Columbia River explores how people changed the river and were in turn changed by it. 3 maps; index.

About the Author

William Dietrich is a staff writer for the Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest magazine. As a science reporter for the Seattle Times he won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He is the author of Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants and The Final Forest: The Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific Northwest, as well as several works of fiction. He lives in Anacortes, Washington.

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michaelkorte1, June 11, 2007 (view all comments by michaelkorte1)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780295975467
Author:
Dietrich, William
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Location:
Seattle :
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Columbia River
Subject:
Columbia River Region History.
Subject:
Columbia River Region
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Columbia River History.
Subject:
Environmental History
Subject:
Western History
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st University of Washington Press ed.
Series Volume:
no. HCFA 10969
Publication Date:
19960131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.29x6.20x1.13 in. 1.40 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages University of Washington Press - English 9780295975467 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dietrich's measured, thoughtful book views the Columbia through a succession of different lenses — as a bountiful fishery for the Indians, as a snag-ridden and nearly impassable highway for the early white explorers, as a hugely powerful manufacturer of hydroelectricity, as a source of irrigation for farmers, as the town drain for the mining and nuclear weapons industries. His Columbia is really a woven braid of the many rivers of the fisherman, the farmer, the engineer, the towboat operator, the explorer, the industrialist."
"Review" by , "A wonderful, disturbing and though-provoking history of the Columbia River, Northwest Passage is a remarkable book, first of all in its scope and complexity. Here is a fine blend of natural history, of human history, and of political history."
"Review" by , "An engaging case study of a whole bundle of environmental and social issues (pollution, hydropower politics, Indian rights, resource economics) that should matter to people all over the country."
"Synopsis" by , Part history, part sociology, part travelogue, and part journalistic account of a contemporary crisis, this sweeping portrait of the powerful, beautiful Columbia River explores how people changed the river and were in turn changed by it. 3 maps; index.
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