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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 hed just received to write his memoirs. Hopefully incognito.

            In this lively history, author Matthew Algeo meticulously details how Trumans 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 nations 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 Americas last citizen-president.

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"Public radio reporter Algeo (Last Team Standing) brings the 1950s into focus with a fascinating reconstruction of Harry and Bess Truman's postpresidential 2,500-mile road trip. 'I like to take trips — any kind of trip,' Truman wrote. 'They are about the only recreation I have besides reading.' Between 2006 and 2008, Algeo retraced their journey with stopovers at some of the same diners and hotels the couple visited. When Truman left the White House in 1953, he returned to Independence, Mo., rejecting lucrative offers he felt would 'commercialize' the presidency. His only income was a small army pension. Acquiring a 1953 Chrysler, the Trumans set out with no fanfare and a curious notion of 'traveling incognito.' However, reporters and newsreel cameras soon turned their vehicular vacation into an ongoing media event. The book benefits from extensive research through oral history interviews and papers at the Harry S. Truman Library, and Algeo's own interviews with eyewitnesses. With deliberate detours, this book is a portal into the past with layers of details providing unusual authenticity and a portrait of the president as an ordinary man. 20 b&w photos, 1 map." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The title "Excellent Adventure" probably ought to be retired at this point, but not quite yet, for Matthew Algeo has given us just that: an extremely excellent adventure by ex-President Harry Truman and his wife, Bess, in the form of a road trip they both made — just the two of them — in the summer of 1953, not long after Harry had left the White House with a 22 percent approval rating. Twenty-two... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Matthew Algeo recalls [my grandparents'] memorable trip beautifully and with the sense of humor it deserves."  Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of Harry S. Truman.
"Combines . . . history with the ever-popular road book, researching, duplicating, and reporting in detail on the last trip the Trumans took, driving their new Chrysler to Washington, and back to Independence."  Max J. Skidmore, author, After the White House: Former Presidents as Private Citizens

Synopsis:

From Missouri to New York and back again, this work chronicles the amazing road trip of a former president and his wife and their amusing, failed attempts to keep a low profile.

About the Author

Matthew Algeo is a public radio reporter. His first book, Last Team Standing: How the Steelers and the Eagles—"The Steagles"—Saved Pro Football During World War II, won the 2006 Nelson Ross Award for best pro football historiography. For more information, visit www.trumanroadtrip.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556527777
Subtitle:
The True Story of a Great American Road Trip
Author:
Algeo, Matthew
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Automobile travel
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Truman, Harry S.
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110401
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Public radio reporter Algeo (Last Team Standing) brings the 1950s into focus with a fascinating reconstruction of Harry and Bess Truman's postpresidential 2,500-mile road trip. 'I like to take trips — any kind of trip,' Truman wrote. 'They are about the only recreation I have besides reading.' Between 2006 and 2008, Algeo retraced their journey with stopovers at some of the same diners and hotels the couple visited. When Truman left the White House in 1953, he returned to Independence, Mo., rejecting lucrative offers he felt would 'commercialize' the presidency. His only income was a small army pension. Acquiring a 1953 Chrysler, the Trumans set out with no fanfare and a curious notion of 'traveling incognito.' However, reporters and newsreel cameras soon turned their vehicular vacation into an ongoing media event. The book benefits from extensive research through oral history interviews and papers at the Harry S. Truman Library, and Algeo's own interviews with eyewitnesses. With deliberate detours, this book is a portal into the past with layers of details providing unusual authenticity and a portrait of the president as an ordinary man. 20 b&w photos, 1 map." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Matthew Algeo recalls [my grandparents'] memorable trip beautifully and with the sense of humor it deserves."  Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of Harry S. Truman.
"Combines . . . history with the ever-popular road book, researching, duplicating, and reporting in detail on the last trip the Trumans took, driving their new Chrysler to Washington, and back to Independence."  Max J. Skidmore, author,
"Synopsis" by , From Missouri to New York and back again, this work chronicles the amazing road trip of a former president and his wife and their amusing, failed attempts to keep a low profile.
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