The Perilous West tells this riveting story in depth for the first time, focusing on each of the seven explorers in turn — Ramsay Crooks, Robert McClellan, John Hoback, Jacob Reznor, Edward Robinson, Pierre Dorian, and Marie Dorian.
Although a host of adventures stormed west in 1806 after Lewis and Clark’s safe return, seven of them left unique legacies because of their monumental journeys, their lionhearted spirit in the face of hardship, and the way their paths intertwined time and again.
These seven counted the Tetons, Hells Canyon, and South Pass among their discoveries. More important, they forged the Oregon Trail — a path destined to link the Atlantic coast with the Pacific, spurring national expansion as it carried trappers, soldiers, pioneers, missionaries, and gold-seekers westward.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013