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.