"It's likely that the greatest American question of our moment is what to make of our history. William Least Heat-Moon offers as vivid, compelling and rich a set of answers as one might possibly hope for–a Tocqueville who can also tell a tale. This is a powerful book."
—Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
"A novel that could be written only by a lifelong, if lately grounded, American traveler, a novel that could only be written by the writer of “Blue Highways.”—Los Angeles Times
“This narrative comprises a good number of power-packed one liners, ringing sentences that capture very sharply, very clearly, something of fundamental importance to life itself.”—Richard L. Wallace, the 20th chief executive officer of the University of Missouri
"Throughout the book, author William Least Heat-Moon's narrator notes the dissonance between what America was purported to be and what America was at the time. When a founding document declares certain truths to be self-evident, and the first truth enumerated is all men are created equal, then one expects no distance between declarations and deeds. However, I regret to say it, given the respect I hold for many American institutions, such an egalitarian assertion is not the case today. Such observations are eerily applicable in the present day. Perhaps even more engaging than the social commentary on colonialism and racism, is the skill with which the author develops a narrative that makes the reader forget that this journal was not written in 1848 but 2019—truly an entertaining and educational read."—Michael A. Middleton, Deputy Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Missouri School of Law. Dr. Middleton has also served as Interim President of the University of Missouri, and Interim President of Lincoln University.