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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
by Peter Stark
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In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance 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. At... (read more)

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This Is Portland: The City You've Heard You Should Like
This Is Portland: The City You've Heard You Should Like
by Alexander Barrett
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A firsthand look at one of the worlds most livable cities, this fun take on the guidebook genre explores the atmosphere of Portland, Oregon, versus detailing its landmarks and restaurants. It both explains and embraces how beautiful and ridiculous... (read more)

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Portland on the Take: Mid-Century Crime Bosses, Civic Corruption and Forgotten Murders
Portland on the Take: Mid-Century Crime Bosses, Civic Corruption and Forgotten Murders
by J. D. Chandler and J. B. Fisher
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In an era when Portland's shipyards thrived, so, too, did corruption. The Red Scare that followed the 1934 Waterfront Strike allowed gangsters to gain control of some of the city's unions. Working in cahoots with high-ranking city officials, criminals... (read more)

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Rose City Heist:  A True Crime Portland Tale of Sex, Gravy, Jewelry, and Almost Rock and Roll
Rose City Heist: A True Crime Portland Tale of Sex, Gravy, Jewelry, and Almost Rock and Roll
by Matt Love
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On August 21, 1993, Matt Love and his friend became the chief suspects in the biggest jewelry theft in Portland history. No one was ever arrested in the case, the jewelry never recovered. The statute of limitations on the crime, grand larceny, has... (read more)

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The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest (Vintage Departures)
The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest (Vintage Departures)
by Timothy Egan
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A fantastic book! Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics.... (read more)

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The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest
The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest
by Jack Nisbet
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Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River, which set the standard for research and narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to... (read more)

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Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People
Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People
by Carl Abbott
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A compact and comprehensive history of Portland from first European contact to the twenty-first century, Portland in Three Centuries introduces the women and men who have shaped Oregon's largest city. The expected politicians and business leaders... (read more)

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Hidden History of Portland, Oregon (Hidden History)
Hidden History of Portland, Oregon (Hidden History)
by J. D. Chandler
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In this engaging narrative, author JD Chandler crafts a people's history of Portland, Oregon, sharing the lesser-known stories of individuals who stood against the tide and fought for liberty and representation: C.E.S. Wood, who documented the conflict... (read more)

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The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane
The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane
by Richard H Engeman
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What's the connection between Ken Kesey and Nancy's Yogurt? How about the difference between a hoedad and a webfoot? What became of the Pixie Kitchen and the vanished Lambert Gardens? The Oregon Companion is an A-Z handbook of over 1000 people, places... (read more)

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Portland Confidential: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Rose City
Portland Confidential: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Rose City
by Phil Stanford
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It may come as a shock to anyone who regards Portland as a haven for enlightened progressive thought, with light rail and lattes. But not too long ago — in fact, as recently as the 1950s — Portland was known throughout the country as a Mecca of... (read more)

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Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound
Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound
by Justin Wadland
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The true story of an anarchist colony on a remote Puget Sound peninsula, Trying Home traces the history of Home, Washington, from its founding in 1896 to its dissolution amid bitter infighting in 1921. As a practical experiment in anarchism, Home... (read more)

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Wildmen, Wobblies & Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook's Lowbrow Northwest (Northwest Reprints)
Wildmen, Wobblies & Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook's Lowbrow Northwest (Northwest Reprints)
by Stewart Hall Holbrook
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The great Stewart Holbrook was a storytelling titan and remains one of the most important writers in Pacific Northwest history. Wildmen, Wobblies and Whistle Punks is a career-spanning collection of over two dozen pieces set mostly in Holbrook's beloved... (read more)

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Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family (Oregon Reads)
Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family (Oregon Reads)
by Lauren Kessler
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Stubborn Twig is a classic American story, a story of immigrants making their way in a new land. It is a living work of social history that rings with the power of truth and the drama of fiction, a moving saga about the challenges of becoming an American.... (read more)

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Weird Oregon: Your Travel Guide to Oregon's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets (Weird)
Weird Oregon: Your Travel Guide to Oregon's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets (Weird)
by Al Eufrasio
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The Pacific Northwest teems with colorful history and unique legends—and this tour of the Beaver State is no exception! Check out the gas station restroom that looks like cowboy boots as you search the skies for a man flying across the state in a... (read more)

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Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story
Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story
by Brent Walth
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An impetuous, flamboyant, imposing, and outrageous showman, Oregon Governor Tom McCall fascinated America as a refreshingly candid and forthright politician.... (read more)

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The Portland Red Guide
The Portland Red Guide
by Michael Munk
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A historical guidebook of social dissent, Michael Munk’s The Portland Red Guide describes local radicals, their organizations, and their activities in relation to physical sites in the Rose City. With the aid of maps and historical photos, Munk... (read more)

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Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town
Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town
by Matt Love
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Matt Love epitomizes the Oregon writer. After 10 years of serving as the caretaker of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (near Pacific City), Love returned to teaching and has since been publishing with fervor. Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from... (read more)

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The Oregon Shanghaiers: Columbia River Crimping from Astoria to Portland
The Oregon Shanghaiers: Columbia River Crimping from Astoria to Portland
by Barney Blalock
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In the hardscrabble early days of Portland's seaport, "shanghaiing" or "crimping" ran rampant. The proprietors of crooked saloons and sailors' boardinghouses coerced unwitting patrons to work on commercial ships. Shanghaiers like James Turk, Bunko Kelley... (read more)

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Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory
Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory
by R. Gregory Nokes
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When they were brought to Oregon in 1844, Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes and their children were promised freedom in exchange for helping develop their owner’s Willamette Valley farm. However, Nathaniel Ford, an influential settler and... (read more)

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Salmon Nation: People, Fish, and Our Common Home
Salmon Nation: People, Fish, and Our Common Home
by Edward C. Wolf and Seth Zuckerman
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"Whether you live in the tiniest village or the largest metropolis, you live in a watershed, an area whose run-off flows via a network of streams through one outlet into a larger body of water such as a river, bay, or ocean. If that watershed drains more... (read more)

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