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Gene Brown

HILLSBORO, OREGON, US | Member Since 2013

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Stark
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

    L. Lyter says: "Lost History, Found"
    "Woulda Shoulda Coulda"
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    They did everything right. The plan was superb, the outcome would change everything but a forty foot waterfall, a copper clad ship with an arrogant sea captain, and the British Royal Navy would bring it down or were the factors the personnel tasked to do the job? A master story teller retells a story mostly forgotten and needed to be retold.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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