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Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies
Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies

Our Price: $25.00
By Ginger Strand (au)
Year: 2008
Pages: 337
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 9.78E+12

Product Code: 1437971962

Americans call Niagara Falls a natural wonder, but the Falls aren’t very natural anymore. In fact, they are a study in artifice. Water diverted, riverbed reshaped, brink stabilized and landscape redesigned, the Falls are more a monument to man’s meddling than to nature’s strength. Combining history, reportage and personal narrative, this book traces Niagara’s journey from sublime icon to engineering marvel to camp spectacle. Along the way, Strand uncovers the hidden history of America’s waterfall. She introduces us to underwater dams, freaks of nature, mythical maidens, and 280,000 radioactive mice buried at Niagara. “This book shows us how understanding the cultural history of nature might help us rethink our place in it today.” Illustrations.

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