Citizen Explorer

The Adventurous Life of Zebulon Pike
Orsi, Jared
Date published: 
November 2013

Orsi aims to interpret the life of Pike, a key explorer in American history, through several lenses. He casts him as a nationalist, whose life reflects the tensions of the young republic. Through his figure, he is able to convey the growing interest of Americans in the West, which Pike popularized in his travel narratives. He also sees Pike in environmental terms, analyzing his physical encounters with frontier landscapes. This biography, which would be the only one in print on Pike, should have a similar readership as Donald Worster's A River Running West and books on the Lewis and Clark expedition, as well as books on the interaction between Americans and Native peoples on the frontier