The Harrowing History of Astoria

      Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon Trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing. Peter has a book talk and signing tonight at 7:30 at Powell's City of Books located at 1005 W Burnside.