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Book Title: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip|
The author of the book: Matthew Algeo
ISBN 13: 9781569767078
Edition: Chicago Review Press
Date of issue: April 1st 2011
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.65 MB
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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.
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Read information about the authorWhen he's not writing his own biography in the third person, Matthew Algeo writes about unusual and interesting events in American history.
His most recent book is "Abe & Fido: Lincoln's Love of Animals and the Touching Story of His Favorite Canine Companion."
Algeo is also a journalist. He has reported from four continents, and his stories have appeared on some of the most popular public radio programs in the United States.
In addition to reporting and writing, Algeo has held jobs as a convenience store clerk, a gas station attendant, a Halloween costume salesman, and a proofreader. He also worked in a traveling circus (as a hot dog vendor; no acrobatics involved).
His wife Allyson is a U.S. Foreign Service officer. They live in Rhode Island with their daughter Zaya.