Work by Willamette Alumnus Among Top Books of 2009

The Oregonian picked a book by Willamette alumnus R. Gregory Nokes '59 as one of the top 10 Northwest books of 2009.

Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon details the 1887 murder of more than 30 Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon, a dark episode in the history of race relations in Oregon.

Nokes, who majored in politics at Willamette, spent a decade researching and writing the book.

Previously he worked for nearly 45 years as a journalist, including 25 years with the Associated Press, where he was stationed in New York, San Juan, Buenos Aires and Washington, D.C. as an economics and diplomatic correspondent.

Read the entire top 10 list in The Oregonian article.