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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Trinklein Publishing (June 6, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883691001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883691004
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael J. Trinklein wrote and produced the award-winning PBS documentary film "The Oregon Trail." He also wrote and produced "The Gold Rush," another PBS award-winner. The Chicago Tribune called his writing "...never less than interesting" and the Sacramento Bee said his work is "Polished... fast-paced... consistently interesting." A university professor, Trinklein lives just 2 blocks from the Oregon Trail.

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Twice nominated for an Emmy Award, Michael J. Trinklein writes television programs, books, and articles--and served as a university professor for nearly 20 years. He's written for the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Time Magazine. Trinklein's been interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered and Here and Now--and appeared on numerous television talk shows, including a full hour on C-SPAN. He's been quoted in the Washington Post, Business Week, and on the front page of The New York Times.

Trinklein wrote the PBS documentaries The Gold Rush and The Oregon Trail in the 1990s, which led to his role as the sole writer and co-producer of the top-rated PBS series Pioneers of Television, now in production of its fourth season. In crafting that series, Trinklein has been privileged to interview--in depth--more than 100 Hollywood celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, Tina Fey, Jay Leno, Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Mary Tyler Moore, Ray Romano, and many others.

At age 23, after receiving a graduate degree from The University of Iowa, Trinklein became a professor at Idaho State University, teaching journalism and media production for nearly two decades. In 2004, he left that position to pursue writing and producing full-time, while retaining the title of professor emeritus.

In 2010, Trinklein penned the book Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and other states that never made it. Published by Quirk Books, it became a bestseller--and the definitive work on American statehood movements. The New Yorker called it, "a fascinating, funny book."

Critics have also enjoyed Trinklein's television writing. The Los Angeles Times called Pioneers of Television, "thoroughly enjoyable... entertaining and enlightening." Similarly, The Chicago Tribune labeled Trinklein's work, "Never less than interesting," and The Hollywood Reporter described his writing as, "Engaging and thoughtful."

In his spare time, Trinklein dabbles in permaculture farming on his 18 acre property on Lake Michigan's western shore.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Actor on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Although this book is not intended to (and won't) gove you a comprehensive overview of the history of the Oregon Trail, this is still a very good book to read if you are interested in the era. I learned quite a bit about it, and found it fascinating. Some great facts. Definitely worth reading.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By KP on August 10, 2001
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This is a quaint little book that is full of interesting facts. My fifth graders have enjoyed listening to the unusual stories. The entries are quick and easy and great for filling those 5 minute gaps or introducing a lesson.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Keefer on May 16, 2000
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This is a very fasinating book. It is easy to read and a page turned for my fourth grade students who are studying the Oregon Trail. Kids love interesting facts as do I.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank Baum on June 27, 2007
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This $3 booklet is the size of a greeting card. There are 24 "fantastic facts" on 43 pages. The postage is $3.99. Buyer beware.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leatrice Hopkins on March 19, 2014
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Just when you were really getting interested the book ends.
What a waste, it could have been such an informative read if they would have just carried on. Don't waste your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By modigman on October 29, 2013
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This isn't really a book.I read it in 15 minutes.
Its more like trivial quotes from the trail.
A waste of my money..!! Does that make 20 words about a crappy purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on March 25, 2014
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No new interesting facts. What's included is not expanded on in any way. It was a waste of my time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Lord on February 8, 2009
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This is a fun short read. It is worth the small price just to read all of the fun factoids.
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