A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia


By (author) Blaine Harden

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 5mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 18 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393342565
  • ISBN 13: 9780393342567
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised and Updated
  • Illustrations note: 7 maps
  • Sales rank: 1,639,166

Product description

After two decades, Washington Post journalist Blaine Harden returned to his small-town birthplace in the Pacific Northwest to follow the rise and fall of the West's most thoroughly conquered river. To explore the Columbia River and befriend those who collaborated in its destruction, he traveled on a monstrous freight barge sailing west from Idaho to the Grand Coulee Dam, the site of the river's harnessing for the sake of jobs, electricity, and irrigation. A River Lost is a searing personal narrative of rediscovery joined with a narrative of exploitation: of Native Americans, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a once-wild river. Updated throughout, this edition features a new foreword and afterword.

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Author information

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.

Review quote

"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