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A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia Paperback – November 17, 1997
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Harden's device of telling the story in stages, as a trip down the river, is unobtrusive and keeps things interesting. This book will make you think and it will also treat you to some gorgeous descriptions of the Columbia.
The book has two weaknesses. The first is that it ignores the changes brought in the region's ecosystem when the salmon runs ceased in the upper Columbia. Millions of pounds of salmon were food not just for the Indians but for a variety of wildlife. A few words about what those changes have meant to the region's biota would have helped the reader to understand that far more than Indians were affected. The second weakness is when Harden brings contemporary politics into a tale of written with a historic perspective. Harden pointedly blames Republicans for stopping what he sees as beneficial change but puts no emphasis on how Democrats designed, sold and implemented the dams and irrigation as an beneficial scheme of social engineering. The book would have been stronger had that part been omitted. Neither party can claim to be on the side of the Gods when it comes to the Columbia.Read more ›
Of course I know more of the secrets of how the river was degraded. I worked in Power Wheeling in the Northwest Power Pool at BP. We did forward looking.studies to predict future loads to supply enough HP 230KV lines. Also a NW-SW DC 300KV was under construction to inter-tie Pacific General Electric in California to our area. I turned 21YR while powering up a small substation on the southern Oregon coast. I had my first beer to celebrate. 71YR Dave One such secret was how the Grand Coulee was created. A geologist posed a solution of how it was the result of ice dams is Montana of multiple times and how the Eractics were moved.(in the Twenties). It wasn't accepted untill mid-century. My older brother still doesen't believe it but he was not a Power Engineer as I. The wave action of a flow in giant scale proved the answer to the strang little hills ant the gorge itself. The author may also know this-or not. Buy the buck to find out.
Contrary to my expectations, this journalist published extensive notes and noted sources very well- making his presentation very solid to this retired professor.
Anyone interested in water should read this cautionary tale and those making national decisions should read it more than once!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is now 20 years old so I am really late to the party to write a review. I actually came across this book in the footnotes of a much more current book, but I was prompted... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Hopke
This book was very well written. I have only fleeting interest in the subject of the Columbia river, but this book was fascinating all the way through.Published 23 months ago by pawwap
Well written book on the tragic and fascinating story of a mighty river tamed and striped of her dignity and the people whose lives are effected by it. Really enjoyed it.Published on May 15, 2013 by phil
It's not really my kind of book, but it was alright for what it was and I found myself somewhat enjoying itPublished on April 3, 2013 by olebade
"A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia" by Blaine Harden provides an excellent insiders view to a myriad of controversial situations along the Columbia river over the... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Blake Koszarek
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Mr Harden,as It drew out some positive and negative
implications to the reader. Read more