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“Small places often have large and impressive histories. So it is with Astoria. Eminent Astorians traces the lives of an expansive and fascinating cast of characters—each revealing important stories about North America in general and the Pacific Northwest in particular. American history is filled with signature places—Plymouth Rock, Gettysburg, Little Big Horn, and Ground Zero. These are the places that help us understand where we come from, where we are now, and where we might yet go. Astoria belongs in that list. In the pages of Eminent Astorians the past comes alive to both entertain and inform us. This is a book that deserves a wide and appreciative audience.” —James P. Ronda, author of Astoria and Empire

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