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The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers Hardcover – February 6, 2018

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“Original [and] poignant. . . . [T]ells the story of how rivers have shaped the United States from its founding.”
- Robert Glennon, New York Times Book Review

“An original and thought-provoking exploration of the sinuous course that water has carved through our economic and political landscape.”
- Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal

“In [Doyle’s] telling, rivers become a lens on federalism, energy and conservation―a rolling narrative taking us from George Washington's quest to find a passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ohio River, through decades of levee-building, flood control, water wars and much more.”
- Nature

“Authoritative…Even readers with an allergy to learning history will come away with a greater understanding of how rivers have literally made our country.”
- Tracy Ross, Outside Magazine

“A vigorous look at American history through the nation’s waterways…Doyle speaks well to issues that are as pressing today as in the first years of the republic.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“Readers interested in everything from American history to business, engineering, environmental concerns, and canoeing will find Doyle’s work absorbing and educational.”
- Booklist

“Just like its topic, The Source flows magnificently from end to end, carving out a story that spans a continent and several centuries. Martin Doyle weaves together a gripping mix of American history, geology, engineering, economics, and politics to show that American rivers are one of the inspirations of the constitution, the connective fabric of our industry, a triggering cause of environmental movements, and a source of power―physical, economic, and political.”
- Michael E. Webber, author of Thirst for Power

“Brilliantly conceived, The Source is a unique synthesis that recasts American history and flows with the power of unexpected insight.”
- David R. Montgomery, author of Growing A Revolution

“Move over Cadillac Desert and The Last Oasis; a new classic on American rivers has arrived. One of the world’s leading authorities on hydrology, Martin Doyle shows how rivers have served as the arteries and veins of the United States since the country’s very founding. It is a rich history both impressive and unsettling.”
- James Salzman, author of Drinking Water: A History

About the Author

Martin Doyle is director of the Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and a professor of river science and policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He lives in North Carolina.

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