Dr. James B. Hunt, a retired professor of history from Whitworth University in Spokane Washington submitted a glowing review of Peter Stark's new book Astoria:John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, a Story of Wealth, Ambition and Survival.
Peter Stark, author and correspondent for Outside magazine, has uncovered a pivotal moment in American history when the Eastern establishment -- John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson -- turned their sights on the West Coast and turned America into a global power. Astoria is a story of adventure, hardship and the beginning of a harrowing era in American exploration. Students will be riveted by the spellbinding tale as they learn about the forgotten first attempt in settling the West from the explorers' journals.
Dr. Hunt says he recommends this book "for anyone interested in Pacific Northwest History," especially "for college level history classes in the Northwest. It is sure to spark wonderful class discussion."
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