25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 8, 2014

Peter Mendelsund: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Water Music by Peter Mendelsund



We "see" when we read, and we "see" when we listen. There are many ways in which music can create the cross-sensory experience of this seeing...... Continue »
  1. $11.87 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$15.95
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
13 Local Warehouse Nature Studies- Biology

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia

by

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

ISBN13: 9780393342567
ISBN10: 0393342565
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

After a two-decade absence, Washington Post 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 New York Times Book Review. 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.

Synopsis:

"Superbly reported and written with clarity, insight, and great skill." --Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

After two decades, Washington Post 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. To explore the Columbia River and befriend those who collaborated in its destruction, he traveled on a monstrous freight barge sailing west from Idaho to the Grand Coulee Dam, the site of the river's harnessing for the sake of jobs, electricity, and irrigation. A River Lost is a searing 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. Updated throughout, this edition features a new foreword and afterword.

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.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

David Hirning, October 30, 2012 (view all comments by David Hirning)
Although this book is now 15 years dated, it is still an interesting examination of the politics surrounding one of the world's greatest rivers. And the issues that it explores--disappearing salmon runs, irrigation-water fights, the poisons leaking from the Hanford site--remain just as vital now as they did when Harden wrote this book. The last century of history relating to the Columbia River is both example and metaphor for the resource battles of the American West--for the inevitable tradeoffs and sacrifices that occur when the demands and desires of Western civilization collide with the wild beauty of nature.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393342567
Author:
Harden, Blaine
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Rivers
Subject:
Nature Studies-Biology
Edition Description:
Revised and Updated
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
    Used Trade Paper $11.50
  2. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
    Used Trade Paper $5.50

Related Subjects


Featured Titles » Science
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Columbia River
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Featured Titles
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » History
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Reference
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Biology
Travel » Sale Books

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$15.95 In Stock
Product details 288 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393342567 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Superbly reported and written with clarity, insight, and great skill." --Washington Post Book World
"Synopsis" by , After two decades, Washington Post 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. To explore the Columbia River and befriend those who collaborated in its destruction, he traveled on a monstrous freight barge sailing west from Idaho to the Grand Coulee Dam, the site of the river's harnessing for the sake of jobs, electricity, and irrigation. A River Lost is a searing 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. Updated throughout, this edition features a new foreword and afterword.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.