My WSJ review of The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck

Oregon Trail copyHere’s “Go Your Own Way,” my review of Rinker Buck’s new book The Oregon Trail: An American Journey, which appeared in The Wall Street Journal on August 1 & 2, 2015.

I really enjoyed it.

Solid “A.”


Here’s the full list of books I’ve reviewed for The WSJ, The Washington Post, NPR Books, and others.

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2 Responses to My WSJ review of The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck

  1. William M. Selenke says:

    Your review of “The Oregon Trail” in WSJ was interesting. However, there adventure seemed somewhat artificial. However, for a real travel adventure read “The Asphalt Trails” by Renner. These teenagers had a real “wild west” adventure in the late 1950’s. I cam upon this privately printed book available from Amazon, although poorly written,rivals the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. This book needs editing and a wide circulation. It is a true American adventure story.

    • Gregory says:

      Asphalt Trails sounds good, Mr. Selenke. Thanks for the reccy. I don’t think Rinker Buck makes any bones about his “adventure” being anything other than an anachronistic oddity. But it was definitely a crazyass undertaking, and not an easy one. It’s much more than an “adventure” story, too, with trail history and local color interwoven with the narrative. Have you read it? I thought it was very, very good.

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