"A River Lost is superbly reported and written with clarity,
insight, and great skill". -- Washington Post Book World
"Harden''s bold and well-supported commentary is a welcome
addition to the literature of the majestic river". -- Kirkus
After a two-decade absence, 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.
Harden''s hometown, Moses Lake, Washington, could not have
existed without massive irrigation schemes. His father, a
Depression migrant trained as a welder, helped build dams and later
worked at the secret Hanford plutonium plant. Now he and his
neighbors, once considered patriots, stand accused of killing the
As Blaine Harden traveled the Columbia -- by barge, car, and
sometimes on foot -- his past seemed both foreign and familiar. A
personal narrative of rediscovery joined a narrative of
exploitation: of Native Americans, of endangered salmon, of nuclear
waste, and of a once-wild river now tamed to puddled remains.
-- Part history, part memoir, part lament",this is a brave and
precise book", according to the Mew York Times Book Review".It must
not have been easy for Blaine Harden to fine himself turning his
journalistic weapons against his own heritage, but he has done the
conscience of his homeland a great service".