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River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers Hardcover – August 7, 2012

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A broad, up-to-date, hopeful view of our nation's rivers.

(Kirkus Reviews)

McCool tempers the flow of statistics and environmental facts with liberal doses of wit and colorful anecdotes while offering a reassuring account of working-class citizens triumphing in a timely cause.

(Booklist)

Written in an easy-to-read narrative style that is at times poetic, River Republic is also filled with facts and political analysis.

(Rosemarie Howard Deseret News)

...River Republic is an easy read that raises important questions about politics, money, and development along U.S. rivers while providing vibrant accounts of restoration projects all across the country.

(Adam Mandelman H-Environment)

Daniel McCool has done a terrific job

(Steve Johnson River Management Society Journal)

well-researched and well-written...Highly recommended.

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An authoritative exposé of the political economy of river management in the United States... An important book. River Republic offers essential lessons for entrenched water bureaucracy.

(Anthem EnviroExperts Blog)

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Well-written, engaging, and witty―the best book I have read on rivers.

(James Lawrence Powell, author of The Inquisition of Climate Science and Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West)

If past is prologue, Daniel McCool's eloquent history of river mismanagement in the United States should be required reading for anyone who cares about the future of our rivers. Weaving in stories that range from how polluted water killed one of Abraham Lincoln's sons to the surprising affinity toward conservationists felt by one of the greatest dam builders of the twentieth century, McCool details the multiple ways in which we have dammed, ditched, diverted, and degraded rivers. Ultimately, though, this is a hopeful book, illuminating our growing recognition that, like salmon returning to Washington's Elwha River or American shad in Virginia's Rappahannock River, we all need clean water and free-flowing rivers for our very survival.

(Wm. Robert Irvin, president, American Rivers)

After an exhilarating whitewater ride through America's love-hate relationship with its rivers, Daniel McCool leaves us inspired and hopeful for a happy ending.

(Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club)

This well-crafted page-turner is history and journalism at their best. The book tells with passion, precision, and clarity what has happened to a vital force of nature and offers a vision we can embrace and work toward with enthusiasm. Daniel McCool has given all who want to understand rivers a rare and precious gift.

(Tim Palmer, author of Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement, Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation, and Rivers of America)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231161301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231161305
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Witty, engaging and hopeful. This well crafted book provides a solid glimpse into the interesting history about how we have mistreated and mismanaged our most precious natural resources- as well as hope for the future through chronicling the grassroots efforts and those working tirelessly to bring our rivers back to healthy freeflowing form. I live in a community where (through much funding and hard work) a long neglected section of the Ogden River is returning to it's natural glory and breathing life and hope for the future back to a long blighted area. As an elected official, I think this book should be required reading for anyone involved with policy issues facing our waterways.
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Rivers have defined the growth of America, and have suffered from it with pollution, diversions, overuse, and dams. McCool's book has great stories of people who are working to restore our American rivers to function and beauty. A great read.
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