The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
ISBN: 1451659172
EAN13: 9781451659177
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 7, 2016
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.3" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

The #1 New York Times bestseller: Rinker Buck s awe-inspiring charming, big-hearted, impassioned fun to read (The Boston Globe) account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way in a covered wagon with a team of mules.
Acclaimed in hardcover as an incredible true story (Entertainment Weekly), a real nonfiction thriller (Ian Frazier, New York Review of Books), and an enchanting book filled with so much love (Wall Street Journal) that put me in mind of Bill Bryson s comic tone in A Walk in the Woods (Dwight Garner, The New York Times), Rinker Buck s The Oregon Trail was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 Indie Next Pick, and a Best of the Month selection of Powell s, Apple, and Amazon.
Traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Baker City, Oregon, over the course of four months, Buck is accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, they dodge thunderstorms in Nebraska, chase runaway mules across the Wyoming plains, cross the Rockies, and make desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water. The Buck brothers repair so many broken wheels and axels that they nearly reinvent the art of wagon travel itself. They also must reckon with the ghost of their father, an eccentric yet loveable dreamer whose memory inspired their journey across the plains and whose premature Read More chevron_right

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   An incredibly entertaining read.
Rinker Buck's reenactment in tracing the path of the Oregon Trail is an educational delight. His recounting of his upbringing in an unconventional family which treasured the past sets the stage for what becomes a modern day visit to the settlers journey from the Midwest to West coast, with extremely interesting histories of the prairie schooner, the importance of mules over horses or oxen in drawing those schooners westward, and the hardships endured by thousands of 1800s families seeking a new way and a new life. His narrative is an easy and sometimes comical account of he and his brother's search and tracing of a trail that has been paved over by time in many locations but somehow is still visible and virtually untouched for mile upon mile in many states. For anyone who loves history, the details within history, and loves a good hard-to-put-down book, this is the read for you. Easy to see how this became a best seller.
 
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