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The Oregon Trail - An American Journey

Rinker Buck

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Includes an extended behind-the-scenes conversation with author/narrator Rinker Buck with his brother and trail companion Nick Buck. In the bestselling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules-which hasn't been done in a century-that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning 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-historians still regard this as the largest land migration of all time-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. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten. Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. The New Yorker described his first travel narrative, Flight of Passage, as "a funny, cocky gem of a book," and with The Oregon Trail he seeks to bring the most important road in American history back to life. At once a majestic American journey, a significant work of history, and a personal saga reminiscent of bestsellers by Bill Bryson and Cheryl Strayed, the book tells the story of Buck's 2,000-mile expedition across the plains with tremendous humor and heart. 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

Language:

English

Length:

16h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:34


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

45:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

44:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

37:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

37:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

34:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

37:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

36:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

32:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

41:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

36:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

26:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

29:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

33:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

32:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

42:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

31:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

33:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

30:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

17:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

19:36