Synopses & Reviews
In the summer of 2000, David Haward Bain and his family headed west in search of Americas past. Following abandoned railroad tracks and the traces of old wagon trails, they discovered a uniquely American spirit of adventure that connects our past to our present. A superb writer and expert historian, Bain lingers in the hallowed places that line the old emigrant routes of the railroad and encounters a fascinating cast of characters, both historic and contemporary. Written with an engaging warmth and a deep grasp of history all his own, Bain has fashioned a quintessentially American journey.
The award-winning author of "Empire Express" retraces the route of the first transcontinental railroad.
About the Author
David Haward Bains four previous books of nonfiction include Empire Express and Sitting in Darkness, which won a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award. His articles and essays have appeared in Smithsonian, American Heritage, Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner. He teaches at Middlebury College.