John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire : A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival

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Documents the 1810 to 1813 expedition, financed by millionaire John Jacob Astor and encouraged by Thomas Jefferson, to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062218292
Branch Call Number: 978.02 STA NVD
Characteristics: xv, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm


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Jun 11, 2016

I loved this book and it introduced me to a part of American history that I didn't know much about before I read this book. The author does a great job of moving the story along with exciting details and definitely left me wanting to learn more about Astoria.

Sep 17, 2015

Well-done, all-around history of Astoria documenting all sides of the issue and what was a stake. A huge canvas of material is well researched and written with good storytelling suspense. A few repetitive phrases here and there, but nobody's perfect. A good starting point for beginning to learn about Pacific Northwest history for younger readers as well.

Jul 08, 2015

This book is great! Though someone reserved it and I'm not done yet, so y'all are just going to have to wait!

Jun 23, 2015

Astoria is an amazing historical novel that I could not stop reading! This is one of very few lengthy, fact-filled historical books that kept my attention every minute. In fact, I was fascinated, not only by the strength and endurance of these people, but with the power of individual personality to shape the destiny of a continent. I am taking a trip down the Oregon coast which includes Astoria. I am so glad that I read this book so I understand the detailed history about this site. Amazing story & excellent writing.

Feb 13, 2015

Fascinating recount of the dual expeditions mounted with Astor's conciderable finacial backing in the fur trading experience to establish an international business foothold in the ,as yet, unproductive west.
Engrossing updated material that peaked emotion and understanding of the first American attempt to attain 'magnificant destiny.'

Sep 25, 2014

This riveting history of early Northwest commercial activity is told from the point of view of a modern day business person. Any other perspective would have been less interesting because motive is what captures the tale.The clash of cultures which took place in this narrative is handled deftly. The men and woman portrayed are real life people and we feel for them as they struggle against the incredible landscape, the politics, and the human foibles that interrupted so many dreams. History is always so much more fun than fiction when told so well.

Aug 19, 2014

Great narrative of a part of American history that is not widely known.

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