Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure

Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure

The True Story of A Great American Road Trip

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Baker & Taylor
Provides a history of Harry and Bess Truman's 2,5000-mile automobile journey from Missouri to New York, a trip begun on June 19, 1953 with no Secret Service protection and no travelling press.

Independent Publishing Group
On June 19, 1953, Harry Truman got up early, packed the trunk of his Chrysler New Yorker, and did something no other former president has done before or since: he hit the road. No Secret Service protection. No traveling press. Just Harry and his childhood sweetheart Bess, off to visit old friends, take in a Broadway play, celebrate their wedding anniversary in the Big Apple, and blow a bit of the money he’d just received to write his memoirs. Hopefully incognito.
In this lively history, author Matthew Algeo meticulously details how Truman’s plan to blend in went wonderfully awry. Fellow diners, bellhops, cabbies, squealing teenagers at a Future Homemakers of America convention, and one very by-the-book Pennsylvania state trooper--all unknowingly conspired to blow his cover. Algeo revisits the Trumans’ route, staying at the same hotels and eating at the same diners, and takes readers on brief detours into topics such as the postwar American auto industry, McCarthyism, the nation’s highway system, and the decline of Main Street America. By the end of the 2,500-mile journey, you will have a new and heartfelt appreciation for America’s last citizen-president.

Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781556527777
Branch Call Number: 917.304 TRUMA ALGEO
Characteristics: 262 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 12, 2010

Fun book about our Missouri president. It was a nice little glimpse into the lives of Harry and Bess. Funny to imagine they really thought they could just hop in the car and drive across the country unnoticed. It also put me in the mood for a road trip!

RH_library Nov 23, 2009

Quirky and lots of fun to read. Harry Truman was a truly decent man (but not above some sly digs at his enemies)


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