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“Entertaining, lively, and astute, Peter Laufer’s journey exposes the varied people and cultures composing the historical, mythical State of Jefferson. With uncanny skill and a sharp eye, he navigates all sides of the issues tearing at this region to ultimately reveal conflicts that resonate with all of us. A timely, sometimes humorous, and always fascinating read.”
Keith Scribner author of The Oregon Experiment and Oregon State University Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
"The Elusive State of Jefferson documents how a news story—embellished and abetted by the reporter--went 'viral' long before the Internet. Peter Laufer's book is part history and part travelogue, providing a fascinating account of how the mythical 'State of Jefferson' began and how its spirit is still very much alive today for many who live there."
Steve Bass, President, Oregon Public Broadcasting
"A lively, vivid, and compelling story about unbridgeable cultures on the rural border between California and Oregon. Laufer reveals how the way we report on events has a profound effect on the events themselves and may, in some cases, create them."
-- University of Oregon English and Classics Professor Steven Shankman, UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace
Posted April 22, 2014
I was hoping to learn the reasons behind the push for a state of Jefferson. Instead I found I was reading a travel guide of the author's quest for the history behind this movement. I got tired of hearing about his various breakfast and coffee stops - just give me the facts, no the menu! And when he referred to one place in Oregon being the westernmost spot on the continental U.S., I gave up (ever heard of Alasaka?)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.