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"Historian Keith Petersen has done a superb job of chronicling the achievement of the building of the lower Snake River dams and the natural resource devastation they wrought."

--former Idaho Governor Cecil D. Andrus.

"Petersen writes history the way it should be written--free of academic cant and jargon… Evocative, eminently readable, River of Life is an important book about one of the West's most timely topics."

--Alvin Josephy, Jr.

"A carefully researched history of the lower Snake River and the four government dams that are slaughtering our salmon… Having read the book I understand why some folks want to keep us in the dark until the fish are dead. Petersen powerfully exposes the myths sown by the salmon slayers."

--Dan Popkey, The Idaho Statesman
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