Synopses & Reviews
Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry chronicles Craig Heimbuch's journey through time and place in hopes of bringing to life a history that has haunted him since he was young the story of Oliver Perry and the War of 1812. In the spirit of Tony Horwitz, Heimbuch travels to the battlefields, talks to historians, re-enactors, and fellow travelers to create a book that is funny, moving, and very informative. Perry's story and legacy have stuck with Heimbuch through his entire life. He was just a boy when he first stood at the base of the Perry Monument at Put-in-Bay and listened to his father tell the story of how Perry scribbled on a scrap of paper a report to the American general laying siege to Fort Detroit his famous line, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours."
Craig Heimbuchs Chasing Oliver Perry
is far more than an excursion into the exploits of a forgotten American hero and the Battle of Lake Erie. Its one mans journey to find himself and his place as a writer. This book is part Kerouac, part Seymour Krim and part Hunter S. Thompsonwithout amyl nitrates and Wild Turkey, of course. In what other historical exploration of 1812 would one learn lessons on the importance of golf carts to marital bliss or how to do a brake job on the fly?
Greg Hoard, author of Joe, Rounding Third and heading for Home and Gary Burbank, Voices in My Head.
Craig Heimbuch delivers a fun and heartfelt travelogue that not only illuminates an important slice of our collective American past, but also prompts us to consider the meaning of place, the blessings of fatherhood and family, and the fundamental delights of venturing out and of returning home.
Mark Garvey, author of Stylized and Waiting for Mary
Mild-mannered and not especially intrepid, Craig Heimbuch grew up in the sort of unaweable Midwestern family inclined to view the Grand Canyon as just "a big hole in the ground." So why is his account of a little jaunt a few miles up the road to Lake Erie exactly what American travel writing needs? Because he's helplessly funny, he's as sweet and unneurotic as vanilla ice cream, and because he reveals, even if a bit apologetically, that the greatest adventures are often found in the near-at-hand of self and family.
Will Blythe, author of To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever