Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River, by William Dietrich - Washington State Historical Society
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Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River, by William Dietrich

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Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River, by William Dietrich

"Dietrich'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. Whenever I have crossed the Columbia, I've seen it as an enormous muddy enigma. Next time, I'll stop and see it altogether differently, through Dietrich's eye." - Jonathan Raban, author of Old Glory.


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