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One you hate to see end!
By RolzRoyce's mom
I learned an amazing amount of history about the settlement of the West and the Oregon Trail's role. Love the interweaving of the modern day trek with the historical background, done just beautifully. I enjoyed every bit of it, and if the trip had continued another year I would have been happy to keep reading about it.....once you lose yourself on any good trail, it's hard to stop.
The Oregon Trail
By Tony in Denver
Engaging and thoughtfully presented as Buck moves seamlessly between his encounters and similar encounters of those who went before. A thoroughly enjoyable read. One big problem - where is the bibliography? How can you continually refer to and use other sources and not provide the reader with the opportunity to explore further?
Excellent story about a man, his brother and a team of mules
Rinker Buck has written a very well detailed story of his travels over the Oregon Trail via wagon. His story is deeply personal but also filled and enriched with the history of those who traveled before him. This was a book I was sad to have come to its end yet happy at its conclusion. Unlike Buck, I worried from the beginning about what would happen to the mules when he came to the end of the trail. The choices he made along his way may not have always been good or right but they worked out in the end. With his mules, Buck was both good and right.
Author constantly goes off-topic
By Felt tab
I purchased the book thinking I was going to learn about the Oregon Trail. There are a few interesting facts and experiences presented; unfortunately the author's bitterness about life hijacks the book, and literally chapters are spent as he complains about his life, his father, and his emotional health. I felt like I wasted my time reading the book.
By MN 3711
I absolutely recommend this excellent historical read!
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.
The Oregon Trail
By History in real time
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.