A River Lost by Blaine Harden
The Life and Death of the Columbia

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The story of how well-meaning Americans dammed up the Columbia River in the North-Western United States, to produce cheap electricity and gardens blooming in the desert. This narrative of exploitation records how one of the West's most majestic rivers was sacrificed to economic advance.

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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.
Published June 1, 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company. 271 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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He labels their faith in the Columbia River Project ``irrigation theology'': ``The orthodoxy of the Project teaches that subsidies are freedom, salmon are frivolous, Indians are suspect, and rivers are fuel for sprinklers.'' Until the ascendancy of the Republican Congress, the river seemed about ...

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