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ISBN: 0393316904 / ISBN-13: 9780393316902

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia

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  • A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia (W. W. Norton & Company) – Trade paperback (1997)
    by Blaine Harden

    A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia

    Trade paperback, W. W. Norton & Company
    1997
    English
    271 pages

    ISBN: 0393316904
    ISBN-13: 9780393316902

    This is a book about how well-intentioned Americans dammed up the Columbia, "Great River of the West, " fulfilling dreams of cheap electricity and gardens flourishing in the desert. It is also a narrative of exploitation: of Native Americans, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a river - once wild - tamed to puddled remains. Harden's story is a journey of rediscovery. His home town, Moses Lake, Washington, once bone dry, could not have existed without gargantuan irrigation schemes. His father, a Depression ... Show more

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