"Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip" book review 

Thoroughly delightful, thought-provoking, illuminating, this is a wonderful summer read, covering much more than a cross-country drive by a former president and first lady. I learned more about Indiana than I didn't know I didn't know as the Trumans, following U.S. 40, stopped both ways in Indianapolis to visit their life-long friends, the Frank McKinney Sr. family, and got stopped in Richmond. Matthew Algeo replicated the Trumans' June 19-July 8, 1953, trip day by day, based on memoirs, news accounts and interviews. A public radio reporter, Algeo's keen ear for the vernacular and knowing eye for landscape couples with the right amount of historical context to make an event pop up in full dimension. You'll marvel at what has remained the same and changed over 50 years.

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Rita Kohn

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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