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A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia (Revised and Updated) Revised and Updated Edition

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A hard-nosed, clear-eyed, tough-minded dispatch on the sort of contentious subject that is almost always distorted by ideology or obscured by a fog of sentiment . . . . A precise and brave book. (Hal Espen - New York Times Book Review)

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Blaine Harden, an award-winning journalist, is a contributor to The Economist and a former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised and Updated edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393342565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393342567
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By gmcw on November 29, 2012
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Having grown up next to the Columbia River, I was eager to read this book. I was astonished at how this formerly very wild, free running river has been tamed into the almost placid giant it has become.

As a disclaimer, I must admit that my father had a farm on the banks of the lower Columbia River and undoubtedly contributed to the pollution of this river. However, he was an early advocate against what he saw as the unnecessary pollution of both air and water of that region long before such stances were popular.

The author spent a lot of time interviewing numerous people who live, work and make their living from this river. Now beset by a multitude of dams, fulled with pollution from farms, industry and recreation and with it's vast runs of fish now gone, this river is but a sad shadow of its former self.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the history of the Columbia River, the river's impact on the development of the Pacific Northwest and the devastation of the fish that once thrived in this most glorious river.

I think my father would have liked this book.
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This was required reading for my PNW History class. I expected it to be a boring factual book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a great book if you want to know the truth about the dams on the Columbia and the deceptions of our government. What an eye opener for me. Anyone interested in why and how they are there should read this book.
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A great reporter and writer tells the story of how one of America's greatest wild rivers was transformed into a series of puddles. I am very grateful to Mr. Harden for rescuing this story from obscurity. We tend to accept the dams on the Columbia as part of the natural landscape --- and they aren't.
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A fabulous review of all the historic and modern day players on the Columbia River. This book shows the complexity of aquatic resource management and the impacts of short-sited development. A great read for anyone interested in the Columbia River basin or regional environmental planning.
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In depth history of the Columbia basin project and the building of the dams on the river. Extensive analysis of the ecological impact of the changed river system. The authors deep understanding and professional journalists eye make for a great read.
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This book is a collection of short essays. Each essay is based off of interviews on how damming the Columbia River impacted the culture and society of the Pacific Northwest. Easy read and interesting look at how industrialism completely changed the shape of the Columbia Basin.
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Only provides US part of story of Columbia. Canadian interests not discussed, which is unfortunate given current negotiations on Treaty.
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It was a good read for someone like myself who grew up along the river. At times it strays further into emotion and opinion rather than fact. But it's mostly accurate.
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