Inventing Niagara

Inventing Niagara

Beauty, Power, and Lies

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Americans call Niagara Falls a natural wonder, but the falls aren't very natural anymore, but 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. Held up as an example of something real, they are hemmed in with fakery---waxworks, haunted houses, IMAX films, and ersatz Indian tales. A symbol of American manifest destiny, they are shared politely with Canada. Emblematic of nature's power, they are completely human-controlled. An archetype of natural beauty, the falls belie an ugly environmental legacy still bubbling up from below. On every level, Niagara Falls is a monument to how America falsifies nature, reshaping its contours and redirecting its force while claiming to submit to its will.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] :, Tantor Media ;, [2011]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: phonogram 2008
ISBN: 9781400127719
Characteristics: 1 sound file (13 hr., 11 min.) :,digital.
analog, Digital recording, rda
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