The Longest Road by Philip Caputo
Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

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What did he learn about his country, about what holds it together? Take the journey with him. It’s a good ride, and a good read.
-Star Tribune

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In The Longest Road, one of America's most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large.

Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Philip Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away. And a question began to take shape: How does the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united? Caputo resolved that one day he'd drive from the nation's southernmost point to the northernmost point reachable by road, talking to everyday Americans about their lives and asking how they would answer his question.
So it was that in 2011, in an America more divided than in living memory, Caputo, his wife, and their two English setters made their way in a truck and classic trailer (hereafter known as "Fred" and "Ethel") from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska, covering 16,000 miles. He spoke to everyone from a West Virginia couple saving souls to a Native American shaman and taco entrepreneur. What he found is a story that will entertain and inspire readers as much as it informs them about the state of today's United States, the glue that holds us all together, and the conflicts that could cause us to pull apart.

 

About Philip Caputo

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Philip Caputo worked nine years for the Chicago Tribune and shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his reporting on election fraud in Chicago. The author of numerous works of fiction, a second volume of memoir, and several books for young people, he divides his time between Connecticut and Arizona.
 
Published July 16, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Apr 29 2013

Curious and genuine, he weaves these elements together to produce a continental tale that is always engaging and frequently reassuring.

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Kirkus

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on May 19 2013

This personal collection of tales, yarns and folklore may not be enough to cure readers’ wanderlust, but it does provide a diverse and acutely observed portrait of our country.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by CHUCK HAGA on Jul 19 2013

What did he learn about his country, about what holds it together? Take the journey with him. It’s a good ride, and a good read.

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