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Woke up in the middle of the night to read it!,
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This review is from: Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival (Hardcover)
A riveting tale of part of our American history that many people would not know without the introduction of this true story beautifully written by Peter Stark. I've been to Astoria , a town that I always thought was smoldering with some long forgotten history..but at the same time a town that seemed like it never caught on! Now I know why. The history and the way this author wove it thru the book, bringing it alive, as if it happened yesterday, ways amazing. And, tremendous research with regard to the people involved , surprising and balanced tenure , not didactic, , insightful observations, what a wonderful early American legacy otherwise largely forgotten.
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Initial post: Mar 10, 2014 10:41:40 AM PDT
I saw the author of this being interviewed on a Portland Oregon morning show and found it interesting. Rarely does a book capture my imagination enough to want to go buy it that same day. Being a huge history buff and having been to Astoria many times, this is a part of Astoria history we never hear about. This story has been lost to the adventures of Lewis and Clark. Thank you for your honest review. Off to buy this book.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014 12:08:45 PM PDT
Susan Gebhardt says:
You won't be disappointed..especially if you are a history buff! I had almost the same reaction, as soon as I heard that there was a book about Astoria, I even preordered it, because I was so interested in it's history. Little did I know how well written and researched and exciting this book would be!
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