Monday, March 02, 2009

My new book received a very nice review in Library Journal today:

Algeo, Matthew. Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip. Chicago Review. May 2009. c.272p. photogs. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-1-55652-777-7. $24.95. HIST

In the summer of 1953, back in Missouri after leaving the White House six months before, Harry and Bess Truman loaded up their new Chrysler and headed out, like thousands of their fellow citizens, on a summer vacation. Public radio reporter Algeo chronicles this unlikely excursion in great and wonderful detail. The Trumans drove to Washington, DC, to visit old friends and then on to New York to visit their daughter, Margaret. Along the way they caused a sensation at almost every diner and filling station at which they stopped. In addition to a detailed itinerary, Algeo, who retraced the Trumans' route, also provides many interesting side trips, including both press and government reactions and interviews with folks who'd met the Trumans on the trip. It was still a time when former Presidents received no pension or Secret Service protection, when there were no interstate highways or big chain motels, and travel was a much more intimate and haphazard affair. This enchanting glimpse into a much simpler age that is all but gone should appeal to anyone interested in the Fifties, Harry Truman, or unusual travel tales. Recommended for public libraries and undergraduate collections. —Dan Forrest, Access Svcs., Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green