Salem Oregon

THE SALEM CLIQUE: OREGON'S FOUNDING BROTHERS
By Barbara S. Mahoney
224 pp. Oregon State University Press $23
An Oregon historian explores the complexities of creating a state.


ASTORIA: JOHN JACOB ASTOR AND THOMAS JEFFERSON'S LOST PACIFIC EMPIRE: A STORY OF WEALTH, AMBITION, AND SURVIVAL
By Peter Stark
403 pp. Ecco $16
An epic and forgotten story of the first American western colony. 


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