Out West: A Journey through Lewis and Clark's America

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One hundred and eighty years after Lewis and Clark's ?Voyage of Discovery? (1804?1806), Dayton Duncan set out in a Volkswagen camper to retrace their steps. Out West is an account of three separate journeys: Lewis and Clark's epic adventure through uncharted wilderness; Duncan's retracing of the historic trail, now in various ways tamed, paved, and settled; and the journey of the American West in the years in between. Readers traveling with Duncan will encounter the people who inhabit today's West: farmers and ...
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Overview

One hundred and eighty years after Lewis and Clark's “Voyage of Discovery” (1804–1806), Dayton Duncan set out in a Volkswagen camper to retrace their steps. Out West is an account of three separate journeys: Lewis and Clark's epic adventure through uncharted wilderness; Duncan's retracing of the historic trail, now in various ways tamed, paved, and settled; and the journey of the American West in the years in between. Readers traveling with Duncan will encounter the people who inhabit today's West: farmers and ranchers, cowboys and mountain men, Native Americans, residents of dying small towns, city dwellers who have survived cycles of boom and bust. From the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to the Oregon coast, readers will be treated to a landscape as variously impressive as its people.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
"A marvelous and funny book."—New York Times Book Revie
Boston Globe
"An entertaining series of road adventures, paved with gems of history and lined with majestic conclusions about the development of the West."—Boston Globe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803266261
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 452
  • Sales rank: 286,033
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Dayton Duncan
Dayton Duncan has been a reporter, humor columnist, editorial writer, chief of staff to a governor, and deputy press secretary for presidential campaigns. Born and raised in a small town in Iowa, he now makes his home in Walpole, New Hampshire. His books include Miles from Nowhere: Tales from America's Contemporary Frontier, also available in a Bison Books edition.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    He gets a lot into one small volume

    I read this book because I enjoyed Duncan's 'Miles From Nowhere' so much. I'm not any sort of Lewis and Clark buff and doubt this book will appeal to scholars or those with a serious interest in the matter. But for me it served as an entirely enjoyable and readable introduction to the 1802 expedition. Be aware that this is a travel book and discusses the author's experiences as much as it does Lewis and Clark's.

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