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Susquehanna, River of Dreams

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"Rivers offer the perfect framework for a storyteller, " writes Susan Stranahan. "They provide a beginning and an end with an obvious flow from one to the other. They neatly link people and events in history. They serve as paths of discovery and arteries of commerce. Not only can rivers be counted on for moments of great drama, but they also invariably attract their share ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 15th 1995 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published September 1st 1993)
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Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Well-written, very interesting, and really, really depressing. Deforestation. Mine run-off. Raw sewage. Dead fish. Corrupt politicians. Stubborn, smug corporations.

The book was written in the early nineties, so we don’t really get “the rest of the story,” but there’s quite a bit of food for thought here.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a bad read -- contains the right facts and presents them in a way that ties everything together and restrains itself from plodding along. Recommended for enthusiasts of the river and her regions. My biggest gripe with the book however is its limited scope on the geology. For instance, this book never mentions that thr Susquehanna is one of the oldest rivers in the world. The book neither gives mention to the fact that the Susquehanna and the Chesapeake Bay are one, not just figuratively but ...more
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Had to read this book for my environmental literature class. I really enjoyed the descriptions. Also, living near the river I enjoyed the historical background. It spits out a lot of good facts without being super dry.
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