Peter Stark is an adventure and exploration writer. Born in Wisconsin, he studied English and anthropology at Dartmouth College, took a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and headed off to the remote spots of the world writing magazine articles and books. His home base is Missoula, Montana, although he and his family periodically live abroad for a year, most recently during 2010-11 in a small town in Northeast Brazil.

A long-time correspondent for Outside magazine, Stark’s articles and essays have also appeared in Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, and many others. His best-known book, Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance, was translated into seven languages and named Amazon.com’s No. 1 Sports/Outdoor Book of 2001.


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

(Ecco Press/HarperCollins — publication date: February 10, 2015)

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. “A fast-paced, riveting account of exploration and settlement, suffering, treachery, and death.” — Kirkus Reviews.

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And at Peter’s Blog, read the latest blog post: Until the Teeth Fall Out of Your Head