By Blaine Harden
After twenty years, Washington Post journalist Blaine Harden lower back to his small-town birthplace within the Pacific Northwest to stick to the increase and fall of the West’s so much completely conquered river. To discover the Columbia River and befriend those that collaborated in its destruction, he traveled on a vast freight barge crusing west from Idaho to the Grand Coulee Dam, the location of the river’s harnessing for the sake of jobs, electrical energy, and irrigation. A River Lost is a searing own narrative of rediscovery joined with a story of exploitation: of local american citizens, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a once-wild river. up-to-date all through, this variation encompasses a new foreword and afterword.
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His fiction has been adapted for film, television, radio, and theatre. He lives with his family on the central coast of New South Wales. qxPETER 2/9/02 3:19 PM Page 47 every writer knows that although coincidence may be Fiction’s dire enemy, it is Real Life’s ardent lover. If I didn’t know this the summer I turned nineteen, I certainly understood that news editors adored the poignant coincidence. One Sunday morning that summer I was following sharks up the West Coast Highway, well outside my territory, with the two-way radio crackling in the office Ford Anglia and the sun glinting off the white dunes and sandy verges, off the roadside bottles and approaching car windscreens and the glassy Indian Ocean itself.
A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia by Blaine Harden