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

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2012-04-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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After two decades, Washington Post journalist Blaine Harden returned to his small-townbirthplace in the Pacific Northwest to follow the rise and fall of the West'smost thoroughly conquered river. To explore the Columbia River and befriendthose who collaborated in its destruction, he traveled on a monstrous freightbarge sailing west from Idaho to the Grand Coulee Dam, the site of the river'sharnessing for the sake of jobs, electricity, and irrigation. A River Lost is a searing personal narrative of rediscovery joinedwith a narrative of exploitation: of Native Americans, of endangered salmon, ofnuclear waste, and of a once-wild river. Updated throughout, this editionfeatures a new foreword and afterword.

Author Biography

Blaine Harden, an award-winning journalist and author, is a reporter for PBS's Frontline, a contributor to the Economist, and a former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Editionp. 13
Introductionp. 19
Slackwaterp. 29
Better Off Underwaterp. 50
Machine Riverp. 65
The Biggest Thing on Earthp. 83
The Floodp. 108
Ditches from Heavenp. 127
A Noble Way to Use a Riverp. 145
Wild and Scenic Atomic Riverp. 157
Born with No Hipsp. 187
Slackwater IIp. 198
The River Gamep. 227
Epiloguep. 254
Notesp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Indexp. 275
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