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The Oregon Trail : a new American journey  Cover Image Book Book

The Oregon Trail : a new American journey / Rinker Buck.

Buck, Rinker, 1950- (author.).


Buck's 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-- tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781451659160
  • ISBN: 1451659164
  • Physical Description: 450 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Subject: Oregon National Historic Trail.
Buck, Rinker, 1950- > Travel > Oregon National Historic Trail.
Frontier and pioneer life > West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) > Description and travel.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Kenton County.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Covington Branch 978 B922o 2015 (Text) 33126020872846 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Erlanger Branch 978 B922o 2015 (Text) 33126021129840 Adult Nonfiction Available -

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 March #2

    In the years 1845–60, 400,000 pioneers traveled west along the Oregon Trail, moving 2,000 miles from Missouri to the Pacific in what has come to be regarded as the largest land migration in history. Buck, an award-winning journalist whose Flight of Passage recalls the summer he and his brother became the youngest duo to fly across America, tells the history of the trail. He also recalls traveling it himself—the way the pioneers had, in a covered wagon with a team of cranky mules, though doubtless none of the original trekkers had a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl along for the ride.

    [Page 82]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 April #2

    Award-winning journalist and author Buck (Flight of Passage) has ostensibly written a book about his experiences retrekking the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail from St. Joseph, MO, to Baker City, OR, in a mule-drawn covered wagon with his brother Nick and Nick's dog Olive Oyl. As romantic as the adventure sounds, this is not a casual summer endeavour—don't try to imitate it. There's a second, parallel story, a description of another covered wagon trip he took at age seven in 1958 with his father and siblings. The family set out from central Jersey across the Delaware River to south central Pennsylvania for a monthlong "see America slowly" expedition. This adventure, tamer than the Oregon one, is now as much a part of Buck as his DNA. The Oregon trip is fraught with mishaps, near-death experiences, and plain bad luck. But there were also angels along the way helping them get through and guiding Jake and the other two mules. The parallel story is, at times, more compelling than the contemporary one, and the book could have been cut by a quarter and still be a solid read. It shouldn't take longer to read the book than to actually cross the Oregon Trail. VERDICT Recommended for folk interested in the Oregon Trail, pioneer history, or mules. [See Prepub Alert, 2/23/15.]—Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

    [Page 106]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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