Book review

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

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

I had never heard of Astor’s land and sea expeditions to the Northwest, perhaps because the second war with Great Britain dominates U.S. history of that period. This book is an entertaining page turner, as rough in parts as the wilderness landscapes in which it’s set. There’s more than enough adventure, characters, and conflict for at least a couple of seasons, should Netflix come calling.

★★★★☆