Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure

The True Story of a Great American Road Trip

by Matthew Algeo

From Missouri to New York and back again, this recounting of an amazing journey chronicles the road trip of a former president and his wife and their amusing, failed attempts to keep a low profile. Diners, bellhops, and cabbies shouted out Hiya, Harry!” whenever they recognized the former president, and, out for his daily constitutional on the streets of New York, Harry even stumbled into the sidewalk shot of the newly launched Today show. Along the way there are brief detours into relevant topics, such as the postwar American auto industry, McCarthyism, the development of the nation’s highway system, and the decline of Main Street America. By the end of the 2,500-mile journey, readers will have a new and heartfelt appreciation for America’s last citizen-president.


  • Chicago Review Press; May 2009
  • ISBN: 9781569762493
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  • Title: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure
  • Author: Matthew Algeo
  • Imprint: Chicago Review Press

About The Author

Matthew Algeo is a public radio reporter and the author of Last Team Standing: How the Steelers and the EaglesThe Steagles”Saved Pro Football During World War II.