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).
From Publishers Weekly
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The Oregon Trail
Well written ... Read it in record time as I felt like I was riding along with them. Thoroughly enjoyed the history of a trail I often think about, since I do live in Oregon.
A Nice Mix of History and Adventure
Rinker Buck takes us back in time to experience what conditions were really like during the great Western Migration on the Oregon Trail. Since I grown up in the Great Plains of Kansas, the early sections of the book reminded me of the beauty and majesty of the prairie, but also helped me appreciate the strength and determination of the people who pioneered it. As a travelogue, the book visits the major milestone locations of the Trail and gives some of the backstory to them. But as with his other book Flight of Passage, this one is most interesting as Rinker delves into his own psyche and how the Trail exposes the feelings he has for his family, and most of all the somewhat tortured relationship with his father.
I absolutely recommend this excellent historical read!