Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure by Matthew Algeo
Next to Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman is my second favorite president. He had one hell of a life and he turned out to be one of the best president’s we ever had. While I’ve read a book on his life already with David McCullough (TRUMAN) this book on a specific moment of Truman’s life intrigued me.
It was right after he left office and Truman was a bored man. He was also broke so when a friend asks him to deliver a speech in New York City how could he say no? After getting a new car (a Chrysler New York) and packing his things, Harry and his wife Bess went on a road trip. Matthew Alego follows this trip from Independence, Missouri to New York City and then back to Independence. Along the way he describes the Truman’s trip as they unsuccessfully try to hide themselves from the public. Apart from these amusing stories about Truman’s Trip, Alego recounts his own stories as he follows this route. He visits the various locations Harry stopped along the way and also talks to the people who remembered that fateful day he got into their lives.
There may be great books on Truman already, but this is a lovely read about one specific moment in time. If you’ve never heard of this road trip then I’d advise anyone to give this book a shot. It’s funny and brings back an era when even the most famous man in America could just go out on the open road and do whatever the hell he wants.