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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey Hardcover – June 30, 2015



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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful

By Frederick S. Goethel VINE VOICE on March 27, 2015

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The author, who is a self described book worm, history junkie, and control freak decided, basically on a whim, to drive a wagon over the entire Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon in one summer. Although this has been done by others in past years, it has never been done in modern times without support vehicles and an entourage of people meeting the wagon every night. His original goal was to drive, alone, without any support assistance, which would be a first. Eventually, after his brother found out about the trip, he decided to allow his brother to accompany him. And that was still a first.

He spent the winter and spring prior to the trip doing research in old journals and historical documents about the trail. He also studied maps to determine where he would have to divert from the original trail to a highway and what obstacles he would face. He and his brother drove, in the late spring, to Missouri where he had purchased and authentic wagon and a team of mules for the trip. His reason for chosing mules is well documented in the book, but you will have to read it to find out why he chose them.

The book consists of three parts intertwined with each other. First, most obviously, is a written record of the trip. He describes what was happening, where it was happening and how he and his brother coped with various problems. The second part was from the historical records. He describes, from journals, what the original settlers were going through in various parts of the trail and compares his journey to what the settlers experienced. Finally, he describes some issues he has with his father and tries to reconcile long buried feeling she has towards his father.

The book is very well written.Read more ›

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful

By scesq VINE VOICE on May 13, 2015

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Rinker Buck and his brother got to live the dream of many a history buff and in doing so wrote a history/travel book that is very enjoyable to read. In doing so he got the chance to learn about life, think back to times with his family and make the history and experiences of the Oregon Trail come alive.

This could have been two books. It could have been a history of the Oregon Trail. I learned a lot about what the settlers who traveled on the Oregon Trail faced daily. It could also been a travel book talking about how two brothers learned a lot about the world and themselves while traveling the Oregon Trail The author does an remarkable job of merging these two books into one and in doing so creating a work that I read in three sittings. I literally did not want to put this down.

This book is a rare example of excellent writing combined with a fascinating story about a recreated journey from the past. There have been a number of books written by people who have recreated journeys made by explorers in the past. There are television shows where people live like people did in the past. Most of these fail because they get caught up in the “gimmick” of modern people living in the past.

While the premise of this book is that two modern men take and old wagon and three mules on the Oregon Trail, the end result is so much more. What makes this book different is the author is an exceptionally good writer who knows how to write about history as well his journey and I wound up caring both about the history and the journey.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful

By Dr. Stuart Gitlow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2015

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This text serves as combination of an historic discussion regarding the Oregon Trail and a story of two brothers trying to replicate the pioneering deed of making the trek complete with a restored covered wagon and a team of mules. It not only held my interest but proved fascinating at times, both as an insight into the related events of the late 1800s as well as a story of how two very different men can work together toward a common goal. Buck clearly had an interesting upbringing and he shows no reluctance to explore his own foibles and peculiarities (really? he brought shoe polish on the trip in case of an unexpected dinner invitation?) as he writes. His openness and willingness to do so make for an entertaining and enjoyable read. There are few places one can go physically using only teamwork and one’s own ingenuity these days, so the opportunity to revisit the unregulated times of nearly two centuries ago is welcome for those with explorer lust.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful

By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 15, 2015

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Rinker Buck is an acclaimed author uniting American history with modern adventure.
Rinker Buck deserves a Pulitzer for History & Biography. First for providing this delightful pilgrimage through the American spirit; and then second for introducing readers to his brother Nick, a retro-pioneer born of freedom’s soil.
Expect to come away from “The Oregon Trail” read with a lifetime of American history trivia neatly tucked away in your brain’s nostalgic corner.

Buck has gone way beyond this expected diary of anecdotes about the brothers’ own Oregon Trail. Extensive research to aid in the planning and implementation of this 21st Century trail trek is brought alive for the reader as though he is riding beside the mule driver. Buck even offers modern trail-side wonders that the travelers of 1840s would not even dreamed about.
The Buck Boys are as humorous as they are adventurous. This book is as educational as it is entertaining. Not a book to read rapidly, take it at a mules’ walking pace, and enjoy every paragraph, it’s that good.

I really meant it that this should be at least nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Never have I said that before, and it is not stated lightly.
Thank you Rink and Nick for sharing your exploit.

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Published 7 hours ago by richard scafonas

Loved every page of this book– even the digressions were fascinating.

Published 1 day ago by HRH68

What a fabulous book! I laughed and learned and loved the book. I learned about the Oregon Trail, mules and Wyoming, even though I’ve spent most of my life here. Read more

Published 2 days ago by S. RUSSELL

I love this book. There are passages that I could listen to over and over again. It’s beautifully written with a perfect mix of history, humor and and personal narrative. Read more

Published 7 days ago by Greyhound owner

To the point: This is a wonderful story of a man on a mode expedition to retrace history with an unexpected companion that allows for a special bond and an incredible journey. Read more

Published 8 days ago by AmandaNicole.Books

A piece of history of our nation is depicted here in this amazing book. Rinker, just a few years ago, had a covered wagon made to his specifications, bought three mules and set off… Read more

Published 8 days ago by Judith Peterson

I had actually read a book not overwhelming like this but similar to it last year about the men who made the country and also one about Davy Crockett. Read more

Published 16 days ago by Ashley Mott

Rinker Buck is a witty, occasionally snarky, sometimes long-winded but not purple writer, with little patience for puffery or overblown legend (tidbit: Buffalo Bill? Read more

Published 1 month ago by Brian Connors

Do you want some American history interwoven with an epic modern adventure? On top of that, how about let’s also learn a bit about mules and wagons and whatnot and about a similar… Read more

Published 1 month ago by J-J-J-Jinx

A book about 2 brothers who attempt a feat that hasn’t been done in over a Century.. Traveling in a covered wagon spanning 2000 miles across the Oregon Trail, across six states in… Read more

Published 1 month ago by Amy Lynn

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