Northwest Passage

The Great Columbia River

Dietrich, William

Book - 1996
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Northwest Passage
"Dietrich's measures, thoughtful book views the Columbia through a successoin of different lenses--as a bountiful fishery for the Indians, as a snag-ridden and nearly impassable highway for the early white explorers, as a hugely powerful manufacturer of hydroelectricity, as a source of irrigation for farmers, as the town drain for the mining and nuclear weapons industries. His Columbia is really a woven braid of the many rivers of the fisherman, the farmer, the engineer, the towboat operator, the explorer, the industrialist." -Jonathan Raban, author of Old Glory "A wonderful, disturbing and though-provoking history of the Columbia River, Northwest Passage is a remarkable book, first of all in its scope and complexity. Here is a fine blend of natural history, of human history, and of political history." -Washington Post Book World "An engaging case study of a whole bundle of environmental and social issues (pollution, hydropower politics, Indian rights, resource economics) that should matter to people all over the country." -New York Times Book Review

Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1996
Edition: 1st University of Washington Press ed
ISBN: 0295975466
Branch Call Number: 979.7 D566n 1996
Characteristics: 448 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm


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A history, stories and tour of the Columbia RIver.

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