The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - #1 Indie Next Pick - Winner of the PEN New England Award

"Enchanting...A book filled with so much love...Long before Oregon, Rinker Buck has convinced us that the best way to see America is from the seat of a covered wagon." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Amazing...A real nonfiction thriller." --Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books

"Absorbing...Winning...The many layers in The Oregon Trail are linked by Mr. Buck's voice, which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson's comic tone in A Walk in the Woods ." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times

A major bestseller that has been hailed as a "quintessential American story" ( Christian Science Monitor ), Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way--in a covered wagon with a team of mules--that has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast. Simultaneously a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, Buck's chronicle is a "laugh-out-loud masterpiece" ( Willamette Week ) that "so ensnares the emotions it becomes a tear-jerker at its close" ( Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and "will leave you daydreaming and hungry to see this land" ( The Boston Globe ).

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display_descriptionSpanning 2,000 miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used it to emigrate West, the trail united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. The trail years also solidified the American character: our plucky determination in the face of adversity, our impetuous cycle of financial bubbles and busts, the fractious clash of ethnic populations competing for the same jobs and space. At once an American journey, a work of history, and a personal saga, this book tells the story of Buck's 2,000-mile expedition across the plains. He was accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an "incurably filthy" Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, Buck dodges thunderstorms in Nebraska, chases his runaway mules across miles of Wyoming plains, scouts more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot, crosses the Rockies, makes desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water, and repairs so many broken wheels and axels that he nearly reinvents the art of wagon travel itself. Apart from charting his own geographical and emotional adventure, Buck introduces readers to the evangelists, shysters, natives, trailblazers, and everyday dreamers who were among the first of the pioneers to make the journey west.
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Buck, Rinker, -- 1950-
Buck, Rinker, -- 1950- -- Travel -- Oregon National Historic Trail
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Frontier and pioneer life
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History
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Oregon National Historic Trail
Sound recordings
Travel
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United States -- Oregon National Historic Trail
United States, West
title_displayThe Oregon Trail : a new American journey
title_fullThe Oregon Trail : a new American journey / Rinker Buck
The Oregon Trail A New American Journey
The Oregon Trail [sound recording] : a new American journey / Rinker Buck
The Oregon Trail [text (large print)] : a new American journey / by Rinker Buck
The oregon trail [electronic resource] : A New American Journey. Rinker Buck
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