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In Susquehanna, River of Dreams award-winning journalist Susan Q. Stranahan tells the sweeping story of one of America's great rivers - ranging in time from the Susquehanna's geologic origins to the modern threats to its eco-system, describing human settlements, industry and pollution, and recent efforts to save the river and its "drowned estuary," the Chesapeake Bay. The ...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.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very readable work of non-fiction, organized thematically and geographically. The author presents a fairly comprehensive story of the historical and contemporary (as of the mid90s) events and activities that dominate the life of the Susquehanna River. Beginning with a geographical and geological survey of its entire length, she moves onto the earliest of colonial development (colonial and postcolonial settlement and development, especially canals), and then the hugely important story of the lu ...more
A well-written book that blends an overall holistic narrative with personal stories to give the book character. Leaning more towards environmental studies rather than history, the book is organized thematically although the themes loosely follow chronology. The theme of the book is environmental degradation transitioning to environmental stewardship.

The personal narratives are sometimes disorienting because readers unfamiliar with the area, people, or history have difficulty relating to them. I
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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