Archive for July 15th, 2015

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FF1I can’t tell you how great today’s book is. The Oregon Trail – A New American Journey by Rinker Buck is everything you could ever hope for in a summer read: a true life adventure, historical narrative and a just plain well-told story of a modern effort to understand America’s past.

In The Oregon Trail, writer Rinker Buck, and his brother, set off to retrace the historic path across America first undertaken in part by Lewis and Clark and then traveled by our brave forefathers in an effort to expand the breadth of our nation. This is not the story of a road trip as we know it today, it is an epic recreation of what those pioneers faced: mules, broken wagon wheels and weather woes included.

About The Oregon Trail A New American Journey by Rinker Buck: “An epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century—which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used the trail to emigrate West—scholars still regard this as the largest land migration in history—it united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten. Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. His first travel narrative, Flight of Passage, was hailed by The New Yorker as ‘a funny, cocky gem of a book,’ and with The Oregon Trail he brings the most important route in American history back to glorious and vibrant life.”

Living the past couple of years in Kansas where many of the trails leading west during the great mid-19th century migration across our county passed, I have come to appreciate much more about that era in American history. As a born and bred New Englander who is proud of the Colonies’ role in the American Revolution, it is nice to now live in place that was the great frontier at one time and was key to the growth of our nation. In The Oregon Trail, Mr. Buck brings an even greater appreciation for the history and what hardships and sacrifices those early American pioneers had to endure, all told as part of a personal journey with a nod to the past.

The Oregon Trail A New American Journey by Rinker Buck is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.