Dogging Steinbeck: How I went in search of John Steinbeck's by Bill Steigerwald

By Bill Steigerwald

Invoice Steigerwald had an excellent plan for exhibiting how a lot the United States has replaced within the final part century -- or so he idea. He’d easily retrace the 10,000-mile path John Steinbeck took round the united states in 1960 for his cherished bestseller Travels With Charley.

Then he’d examine the the USA he observed with the rustic Steinbeck defined in his vintage highway ebook. but if the intrepid ex-newspaperman from Pittsburgh began getting to know Steinbeck’s journey he exposed a surprising literary scoop. Steinbeck’s iconic nonfiction publication used to be a fraud. Travels With Charley was once not only packed with fiction. It used to be a misleading and cheating account of the good novelist’s real highway journey. Steigerwald made his personal street journey precisely 50 years after Steinbeck did. Chasing and fact-checking Steinbeck’s ghost for 11,276 miles and forty three days, assembly hundreds and hundreds of standard americans, usually drowsing at the back of his vehicle in Wal-Mart parking plenty, he drove from Maine to California to Texas.

Despite the nice Recession and nationwide headlines dripping with gloom and doom, Steigerwald chanced on an the USA alongside the Steinbeck street that was once titanic, empty, wealthy, secure, fresh, filthy rich and pleasant. He didn’t simply reaffirm his religion in the United States to resist the lengthy educate of abuse from Washington and Wall highway, besides the fact that. He additionally uncovered the half-century-old myths of Travels With Charley, ruffled the PhDs of the country’s most sensible Steinbeck students and compelled “Charley’s” writer to ultimately inform the reality. Steigerwald is a well-traveled journalist and veteran libertarian columnist.

With the spirit of a teenage motive force, a dogged pursuit of the proof and a clean perspective approximately the United States proudly situated within the middle of Flyover kingdom no longer new york, he spins the tale of his journey with Steinbeck’s ghost right into a provocative, news-making and pleasing American street e-book.

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