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.
|Publisher:||UNP - Bison Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great more "modern"perspective on the Lewis and Clark journey by a great author Dayton Duncan! His ability to use the original journals from the expedition to guide his own journey provides a unique and very entertaining read for both avid history readers and those looking for some more travel oriented but with a history perspective.
Duncan chronicles his travels along the Lewis and Clark trail. He observes the changes from the time of the Corps of Discovery, both alterations to the landscape and changes to the people that live there. As with all such observations, it is the land itself that is celebrated. An interesting and absorbing read.
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.