A walk toward Oregon: a memoir

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
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From the distinguished historian -- celebrated for his writings about the American West and American Indians -- an account of his journey across the twentieth century. Impassioned participant in and acute observer of the life of his times, Alvin Josephy takes us from the New York of the teens and twenties to the 1990s on the Oregon ranch where he has found his heart's home. His "walk" leads him to Harvard during the hopeful days of the New Deal; to scriptwriting for MGM in Hollywood and menial work on Wall Street in the Depression; through a job with the Herald Tribune (for which he interviewed Leon Trotsky); to the wartime landings on Iwo Jima and Guam, which he covered as a Marine Corps combat correspondent; to an antiwar march with Martin Luther King, Jr.; to his profound involvement in Native American and environmental causes. Josephy tells how it was that he found his true calling -- becoming an advocate for American Indians and the land they once called their own. In a wonderful way, he gives witness to two Americas: He renders the excitement of the go-go industrial expansionist nation that came into being in the first half of the century and burst onto the world after the war. At the same time he chronicles our growing awareness of another America -- the land and people who had no voice as the country around them grew. His astute understanding of the events he witnessed and became part of, and the spirited, evocative quality of his narrative, combine to capture the life, the turmoil, the problems, progress, setbacks, and satisfactions, of this American Century. A Walk Toward Oregonwill move and delight readers who have lived these years themselves, as well as the young who want to know firsthand what came before them. It will stand as an indispensable document of our time.

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A thoughtful, leisurely memoir by a noted journalist, editor, and writer. Born in 1915, Josephy (America in 1492, 1991, etc.) spent his childhood in a well-to-do household in which modern ideas bumped ... Read full review

A walk toward Oregon: a memoir

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In this memoir, journalist-historian Josephy describes how the notion that Oregon represented the adventure and excitement of the old Wild West guided his formative years, influencing him to accept ... Read full review


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Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., is the author of many award-winning books, including The Patriot Chiefs, The Indian Heritage of America, Now That the Buffalo's Gone, and The Civil War in the American West. He has been a vice president and editor of American Heritage magazine, the founding chairman of the board of trustees of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and president of the Western History Association. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, and on his ranch in Joseph, Oregon, with his wife, Betty.