Book Review: Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure

Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure

by Matthew Algeo

Adult Non-fiction

I bet you didn’t know this about Harry Truman: In 1953, after the end of his presidency,  he and  his wife Bess  took a road trip. No entourage, no secret service, no press – just a former president and his wife in a shiny new Chrysler, with 2,500 miles of road to cover.

During their three week roadtrip, they visited friends, celebrated their wedding anniversary, went to a Broadway play, ate at roadside diners … everything that an average couple in the 1950s might do. What they didn’t count on was the attention. Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s grandson, said, “The thing that always amazed me was that my grandfather, having run the country, thought he could just get in his car and drive across it.”

In this engaging history, the author retraces the Truman’s footsteps, gathering anecdotes and memories along the way. It was picked as one of the Washington Post’s “Best Books of the Year” and after reading it, I can see why.

 

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