The Long Haul

The Long Haul

A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

Book - 2017
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A long-haul trucker reflects on the changing realities of the working class as witnessed during journeys ranging from the I-95 Powerland and the Florida Everglades to the truck stops of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393608717
Branch Call Number: 388.3 MURPHY
Characteristics: xxiii, 229 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 06, 2017

Written by a long haul trucker this book is less than it could be. The parts of the author's life as a long haul mover and later an executive mover are fascinating and I learned a lot about what movers actually do. As a military "brat", my family moved a lot -- now I have a better understanding of all the things that happened during our various moves. My mother said she lived in 21 apartments and homes in 19 years. I grew up moving.
The book is detailed and readable -- but he leaves out a large part of his life when he wasn't a long haul mover. He also leaves out most of his personal life - if he had one. All that said - it was an good, fast and informative read. If you've moved a lot or may be moving -- give this a look. I would have liked more personal information and what it was like to drive across the United States for so many years. I enjoyed his descriptions of the "shipper" i.e. the client/person being moved. Some of them are unbelievably awful to the movers and others incredibly generous and understanding. I follow a couple of trucker vlogs but none of them are movers like the author.

Sep 20, 2017

Hard to put this book down. Crisp writing on extreme experiences. Indeed a long-haul mover gains rare insights into the human condition.

Aug 06, 2017

I like road trip books such as "Travels with Charlie" so when I saw this book I picked it up and was not disappointed. I would give it a 4 on a scale of 5. It provided a good break from my usual mystery and what is wrong with America books.
Most chapters revolved around a single trip, delivery or experience. Many chapters did give the reader to reflect on life motivations and experiences. In away it spoke to some of the issues that "Hillbilly elegy" attempted to address.
I was repulsed by the portions of the introduction and was ready to return it to the library but did give it one more chance and it did get better.


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