“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."