Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire – A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival, will be visiting Klindt’s Booksellers on Tuesday, August 19th at 5pm.Here’s the way the book’s press release puts it:In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advanced parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.
Astoria is a harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific Coast. Though the colony itself would be short-lived, its founders opened provincial American eyes to the remarkable potential of the Western coast, discovered the route that became the Oregon Trail, and permanently altered the nation’s landscape and global standing.
That description doesn’t begin to cover the skill with which author Peter Stark has laid out this absorbing true story. Backed by two and a half years of research with access to recently discovered journals of some of the adventurers on the trips, Stark ‘s propulsive narrative glues the reader to the tale. Whether you’re a scholar or a casual reader, Astoria will engross, entertain and enlighten simultaneously. To hear our interview with Peter Stark, click on the grey podcast bar below.