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America Unchained (2008)

by Dave Gorman

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"The plan was simple. Go to America. Buy a second-hand car. Drive coast-to-coast without giving any money to The Man . What could possibly go wrong? Dismayed by the relentless onslaught of faceless American chains muscling in where local businesses had once thrived, Dave Gorman set off on the ultimate American road trip in search of the true, independent heart of the U S of A. He would eat cherry pie from local diners, re-fuel at dusty gas stations and stock up on supplies from Mom and Pop s grocery store. At least that was the idea. But when did you last see an independent gas station? Gamely, Dave beds down in a Colorado trailer park, sleeps in an Oregon forest treehouse, and even spends Thanksgiving with a Mexican family in Kansas. But when his trip mutates into an odyssey of near-epic proportions and he finds himself being threatened at gun point in Mississippi, Dave starts to worry about what's going to break down next. The car... or him?"… (more)
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well written book about a road trip from coast to coast. he tried to stay away from chains, and did a great job. i would have loved there to be more photos. ( )
  ownedbycats | Sep 1, 2013 |
I've read this one before, twice in fact, so this isn't really a review so much as an - even though I've read it before, twice in fact, it's still really readable and really enjoyable. ( )
  foolplustime | Aug 26, 2013 |
I liked the premise of the road trip, although I did find it slightly ironic that Gorman was rejecting the idea of big chains and brands, while managing to milk the trip and his own personal brand for all it was worth, by making a documentary as part of it. The filming itself caused problems and threw the author into what can only be described as a full-on strop when he got to Moab in Utah. I lost a fair bit of respect for him there, and again at the point when the car's water pump failed and he acted like a spoilt child. At these moments, the celebrity shone through and my sympathy for him faltered.

It was a funny book, though, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments which reminded me in many ways of Bill Bryson's writing. ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Mar 2, 2011 |
A missed oportunity. A great idea for an interesting book but not carried through, becomes a filling station to filling station saga with rare bursts of average characterisation and in the last US states simply runs out of ideas.

PS all the people in Kansas are saints and all those in Missippippi completely thye opposite - I doubt it! ( )
  richardgarside | Apr 25, 2010 |
The interesting and amusing story of crossing the US coast to coast, attempting not to use any chains, for food, accomodation or petrol (gas). Sounds easy, but ....
  urcinc | Aug 30, 2009 |
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"The plan was simple. Go to America. Buy a second-hand car. Drive coast-to-coast without giving any money to The Man . What could possibly go wrong? Dismayed by the relentless onslaught of faceless American chains muscling in where local businesses had once thrived, Dave Gorman set off on the ultimate American road trip in search of the true, independent heart of the U S of A. He would eat cherry pie from local diners, re-fuel at dusty gas stations and stock up on supplies from Mom and Pop s grocery store. At least that was the idea. But when did you last see an independent gas station? Gamely, Dave beds down in a Colorado trailer park, sleeps in an Oregon forest treehouse, and even spends Thanksgiving with a Mexican family in Kansas. But when his trip mutates into an odyssey of near-epic proportions and he finds himself being threatened at gun point in Mississippi, Dave starts to worry about what's going to break down next. The car... or him?"

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