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A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia

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ISBN13: 9780393316902
ISBN10: 0393316904
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After a two-decade absence, journalist Blaine Harden returned to his small-town birthplace in the Pacific Northwest to follow the rise and fall of the West's most thoroughly conquered river. Harden's hometown, Moses Lake, Washington, could not have existed without massive irrigation schemes. His father, a Depression migrant trained as a welder, helped build dams and later worked at the secret Hanford plutonium plant. Now he and his neighbors, once considered patriots, stand accused of killing the river. As Blaine Harden traveled the Columbia-by barge, car, and sometimes on foot-his past seemed both foreign and familiar. A personal narrative of rediscovery joined a narrative of exploitation: of Native Americans, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a once-wild river now tamed to puddled remains. Part history, part memoir, part lament, "this is a brave and precise book," according to the . "It must not have been easy for Blaine Harden to find himself turning his journalistic weapons against his own heritage, but he has done the conscience of his homeland a great service."

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"A River Lost is superbly reported and written with clarity, insight, and great skill."--Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

" is superbly reported and written with clarity, insight, and great skill."--

Synopsis:

"Superbly reported and written with clarity, insight, and great skill" ("The Washington Post Book World"), this account of Harden's journey down the Columbia River--part history, part memoir, part lament--presents a personal narrative of rediscovery joined with a narrative of exploitation: of Native Americans, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a once-wild river now tamed to puddled remains.

About the Author

Blaine Harden is New York bureau chief for the Washington Post. He has been bureau chief for the Post in Eastern Europe and before that in sub-Saharan Africa. His book Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent (Norton) was hailed by William Shawcross as a "tour de force." Harden lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Paula Hood, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by Paula Hood)
This is a must-read for anyone who lives in the West or who cares about water issues in our country. An honest, well-researched, and well-spoken book that reads as easily as any good fiction novel and holds you spellbound. It is gripping, heart-wrenching, and open-minded as it lays open the history and politics of water issues in the Eastern Washington/Oregon region and beyond. I have bought multiple copies of this book to give to people, just because I think it is an important book to read, and the information in this book will hopefully help to make us all better informed citizens that may learn from our past and our mistakes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393316902
Author:
Harden, Blaine
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Rivers
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Water resources development
Subject:
Environmental degradation
Subject:
Columbia river and valley
Subject:
Grand coulee dam
Subject:
Economic development -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Rivers
Subject:
Nature Studies-Biology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
number 143
Publication Date:
19971131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.19x5.48x.69 in. .60 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Geography » Water and Hydrology
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Columbia River
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Product details 272 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393316902 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "A River Lost is superbly reported and written with clarity, insight, and great skill."--Washington Post Book World
"Synopsis" by , " is superbly reported and written with clarity, insight, and great skill."--
"Synopsis" by , "Superbly reported and written with clarity, insight, and great skill" ("The Washington Post Book World"), this account of Harden's journey down the Columbia River--part history, part memoir, part lament--presents a personal narrative of rediscovery joined with a narrative of exploitation: of Native Americans, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a once-wild river now tamed to puddled remains.
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