Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River by William DietrichNorthwest Passage: The Great Columbia River by William Dietrich

Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River

byWilliam Dietrich

Paperback | July 1, 1996

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William Dietrich lives in Anacortes, Washington.
Title:Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia RiverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.26 × 6.15 × 1.15 inPublished:July 1, 1996Publisher:University of Washington Press

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ISBN - 10:0295975466

ISBN - 13:9780295975467


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Part history, part sociology, part travelogue, and part journalistic account of a contemporary crisis, this sweeping portrait of the powerful, beautiful Columbia River explores how people changed the river and were in turn changed by it. 3 maps; index.

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For more information about the author go to:'s measured, thoughtful book views the Columbia through a succession 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