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Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003)

by Dayton Duncan

Other authors: Ken Burns (Author)

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Enjoyed this audio version narrated by Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns, and Tom Hanks. Now I want the (paper) book for photos and maps! ( )
  stevenjay | Feb 5, 2014 |
Short, passionate and patriotic retelling of the first car trip across America. The most interesting aspect were the details of early car technology, and the state of roads in America. It's probably difficult to underestimate the impact of motorized vehicles and this book gives a small glimpse into the world just on the brink of vertiginous change. ( )
  Stbalbach | Nov 18, 2013 |
A wonderful story about a man with a vision and the perseverance to achieve it. I thought that the writing left a little to be desired and I will probably watch the complimentary documentary at some point. Fortunately, the book is very short so despite the slow sections, it moves fast and is worth the read. ( )
  blondestranger | Aug 12, 2010 |
An interesting recounting of the first cross-America road trip, done in 1903 when there were only 150 miles of paved road in the country.

It's generally interesting, amusing at times, but ultimately wasn't completely satisfying. Perhaps there's just not that much you can say about running out of gas, punctured tires and broken axles. Perhaps the audio book format wasn't ideal because I missed all the pictures. Perhaps I'm just forever spoiled by what Ken Burns is capable of after watching his Civil War series. Whatever the reason, it was just too lightweight to really hold my attention. ( )
  TadAD | Sep 18, 2008 |
There were only 150 miles of road in 1903, but that didn't stop Horatio from taking on the first cross-country road trip, and leading the way for countless "family vacations". Great photos give you an idea of what it was like at the turn of the century, and Director Ken Burns adds a look at the present as he shares his adventure of bringing Horatio's story to film.
  g3orgia | Jun 22, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037541536X, Hardcover)

The companion volume to the PBS documentary film about the first—and perhaps most astonishing—automobile trip across the United States.

In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a “horseless buggy”—but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet fifty dollars that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here—in Jackson’s own words and photographs—is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud. Jackson’s previously unpublished letters to his wife, brimming with optimism against all odds, describe in vivid detail every detour, every flat tire, every adventure good and bad. And his nearly one hundred photographs show a country still settled mainly in small towns, where life moved no faster than the horse-drawn carriage and where the arrival of Jackson’s open-air (roofless and windowless) Winton would cause delirious excitement.

Jackson was possessed of a deep thirst for adventure, and his remarkable story chronicles the very beginning of the restless road trips that soon became a way of life in America. Horatio’s Drive is the first chapter in our nation’s great romance with the road.

With 146 illustrations and 1 map

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Chronicles the nation's first road trip by Horatio Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor who drove his car from San Francisco to New York on mainly unpaved roads in 1903.

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