Rinker Buck Quotes.

1. "Americans were folks who loved to profess peace-loving values, but who fought about everything."
- Quote by Rinker Buck

2. "The Americans today who like to whine all the time because they say that taxes are too high and that government costs too much should leave their television sets behind for a while and go out and see the country they live in."
- Quote by Rinker Buck

3. "Until I read about it nearly twenty years later, in a book about instrument flying, I didn’t realize that I suffered throughout our flight from something called copilot vertigo. The phenomenon is especially severe in tandem-seat designs like Cubs, where visibility over the pilot in front is limited."
- Rinker Buck, Flight of Passage: A True Story

4. "Kern was the classic oldest son of a strong, iron-willed father, secretly afraid that he couldn’t live up to the model, and thus quite skittish and sensitive to criticism. Even his appearance suggested vulnerability. He had feathery auburn hair with red highlights, broad cheeks and trusting brown eyes that opened wide with disappointment when he was hurt. He mostly excelled at things that required a lot of solitude and a minimum of social contact, math and science, and his best friend was a science nerd and ham-radio freak who lived in the village nearby, Louie DeChiaro."
- Rinker Buck, Flight of Passage: A True Story

5. "All the heroes had crew cuts, platinum-blond wives and drove Corvettes. The media was devoted to this cult of innocence."
- Rinker Buck, Flight of Passage: A Memoir

6. "I do not believe in organized religion, herbal remedies, yoga, Reiki, kabbalah, deep massage, slow food, or chicken soup for the soul. The nostrums of Deepak Chopra and Barbara De Angelis cannot rescue people like me. I believe in crazyass passion."
- Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

7. "All I am saying is that sometimes you're doing quite a lot by not doing anything. You're not quitting. You just keep going. That's the pioneer spirit."
- Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

8. "The pioneers and their new Indian partners amply displayed the American penchant for technological prowess, developing shore-to-shore windlasses and flatboat ferries to cross the rivers, innovations as vital to the country’s progress as the steam engine and the telegraph. America’s default toward massive waste and environmental havoc was also, and hilariously, perfected along the trail. Scammed by the merchants of Independence and St. Joe into overloading their wagons, the pioneers jettisoned thousands of tons of excess gear, food, and even pianos along the ruts, turning vast riverfront regions of the West into America’s first and largest Superfund sites. On issue after issue—disease, religious strife, the fierce competition for water—the trail served as an incubator for conflicts that would continue to reverberate through American culture until our own day."
- Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

9. "History almost everywhere is tragic and ironic, but in America the contrasts are more stark because we set such high ideals."
- Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

10. "Riding across Nebraska in a covered wagon was a monthlong immersion therapy in kindness, a reminder of the essential decency of my country."
- Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

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