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Author Rinker Buck understands history by living it

Dan Corjulo
Simon & Schuster
In his latest book, author and adventurer Rinker Buck writes about his trip down the Mississippi River.

Rinker Buck has combined history and adventure since he was a teen. His latest expedition highlighted the role of the flatboat in opening the western frontier.

Rinker Buck's first adventure was at age 15 as one half of the youngest duo to fly across America, an exploit he recounted in his book "Flight of Passage."

Now in his late 60s, Buck embarked on his latest adventure, building a river flatboat and then taking it down the Mississippi River. He explains the overlooked role of the flatboat in this country's history and what it was like piloting one on today's Big Muddy.

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