Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure (Chicago Review, $24.95) chronicles Harry and Bess Truman’s 1953 summer road trip from Independence, Missouri, to Washington, D.C. and back, from June 19 to July 8. Matthew Algeo retraces the exact route the Trumans took, providing the reader with interesting, informative, and humorous factual details about the places the couple visited along the way. What struck me most about this book was how much America has changed (and not for the better) in 56 years. Algeo does a great job taking the reader across our nation while giving us a history lesson about the towns and cities the Trumans visited, as well as updating us on what those sites are like today.
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Published: Chicago Review Press - April 1st, 2011